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July 20, 2020
The name given to the most destructive bushfires ever witnessed. In 2020 alone Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ burnt out an estimated 46 million acres of land and life. That’s 187,155 square kilometres, to put that into perspective for you this is larger than the land mass of countries such as Cambodia and Greece, double the land mass of Portugal and over 77% of the UK, basically all of England. If that isn’t shocking enough, over 5,900 homes and buildings were destroyed, 34 people immediately killed with an estimated one billion animals brutally burnt to death with some endangered species being driven to extinction. This isn’t including the impact on air quality which dropped down to hazardous in parts of Australia, with the introduction of facemasks becoming a very real accessory in 2020.
Conservation International have calculated that “11% of the world’s population is currently vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise.”. This frighteningly means we have more destruction to follow unless we chose to open our eyes to our mess and change our way of life.