Our beautiful sunburnt country is renowned for its heat, dry climate and windy weather. Subsequently, we have become no strangers to bushfires. These fires have resulted in loss of lives, homes and the loss of hundreds of native wildlife.
In the past couple of weeks, there has been a string of catastrophic blazes engulfing our nation. These ongoing fires have now been classed as the most dangerous in Australian history.
In the past few weeks, we have watched in absolute disbelief as these unprecedented bushfires sweep across our sunburnt nation and we have lost human and animal lives, hundreds of homes and over 1,000,000 hectares of forest. To put this in perspective, in the past two weeks, our nation has witnessed destruction 10x greater than what was seen in the Amazon Rainforest in September 2019. Worse still, there are many fires across the country that remain uncontained.
BUT WHY! This is the question we keep asking ourselves.
Put bluntly, our planet is suffering! Australia is suffering! Climate change is making a bad thing much, much worse. As a nation, we are getting warmer, drier and windier and with conditions at perfect levels for fostering fires, it should be no surprise that we have subsequently experienced a 19% increase in fires over the past 30 years. For over 20 years, scientists have warned of the increased risk of bush fires in Australia and that such are guaranteed to become more severe without substantial and rapid action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. By 2020, it is estimated that the number of ‘very high’ or ‘extreme’ fire days could increase by 4-25%, and between 15-70% by 2050.
It has been simply heart-breaking to see our beautiful country in so much pain over these past few weeks and even more heart-breaking to read continuous articles about the government’s inaction in the face of climate change. We have already witnessed the Townsville Floods earlier this year which destroyed more than 3,500 homes and now catastrophic start the worse bush fire season yet. THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY! We can’t continue in this way!
Whilst the official Climate Emergency e-petition is closed and awaiting response from the Coalition, we’d urge everyone to voice your continued support – it’s a great way to get our government to hear our nations cries!
Like other Australians, our team at Luna + Sun are committed to banding together with those around us to provide the support and assistance which is presently required to help fight fires and save those animals who have sustained horrific injuries and who now find themselves homeless. In this vein, we have committed to donating $20 from each sale (until 29.11.19) to the NSW Rural Fire Service and to The Rescue Collective.
To our fellow Australians, our thoughts are with you during this extremely tough time. To the volunteers in our communities who are fighting fires, rescuing wildlife and manning evacuation centres – we thank you! Times like these serve as a solemn reminder to the world what Aussie’s will do to help each other! If you want more information on how you can help or donate directly take a look at the ABC’s website.
Thank you so much for all your support!