The bushfires in Australia aren’t going away. The bushfire seasons was only supposed to begin now, but the fires have been raging for months now. The fires have had detrimental consequences, such as the loss of life, property and a blanket of smoke over the city. When will this disaster end?

The fire danger remains elevated across large chunks of New South Wales, and recently the Rural Fire Service confirmed that more than 724 homes have been destroyed by the bushfires this season, and six lives have already been lost. It has also been reported that 2.7 million hectares have been burnt, approximately the same size as the entirety of Haiti.

Unfortunately, it looks as if the worst could still be to come. Former Fire and Rescue Commissioner, Greg Mullins, stated that “the worst is to come because it’s going to get hotter and drier, and there’s no significant rain in the outlooks.” Communities must follow the protocols and directions set by emergency officials to ensure the safety of all involved. We also think and pray for the firefighters risking their own lives to protect others. We thank you for your service, and we pray for your wellbeing during this period.

One impact of the bushfires has been the severe levels of smoke in Sydney. At one point, it was deemed 11 times poorer than typically ‘hazardous’ levels, resulting in businesses closing their doors for the day, schools shutting down and potentially dangerous conditions for asthmatics. These pictures below demonstrate the sheer severity of the smoke.

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Moreover, the sun in Sydney has taken on a different colour, one that is not yellow, but blood red.

The smoke prompted a protest by 20,000 people in Sydney, with individuals demanding stronger climate action as the bushfires continue to rage across the state. The smoke has forced thousands of workers to abandon work sits, schools to cancel excursions and firefighters to attend scores of jobs as the smoke triggered alarms in building across the city.

We require immediate action from the state and the federal government. This issue will not go away, in fact, it looks like it’s only going to get worse. A long and deadly summer is in store if we don’t act quickly. For now, we need an effective short-term solution, but when the fires go away in March next year, we must not forget about the issue, but start to discuss a long-term solution.

This initiative has been taken by New South Wales Environment Minister Matt Kean, who released information stating that New South Wales will commit to lowering greenhouse gases by 35 per cent by 2030. He broke ranks with his Liberal Party colleagues by saying that “no one can deny” climate change is to blame for the smoke haze from the bushfires and that we needed to act urgently. Mr Kean, I admire your courage, that quality is what we need from our politicians, and I thank you for your passion for taking action.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, maybe you can learn from Minister Matt Kean’s courage. Because while you continue with your meaningless statement of “deeply troubling” and “unsettling”, Mr Kean has decided that we need to stop talking and start taking action.

It’s time to take action.

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14 thoughts on “Sydney Smoke

  1. We really must keep the pressure up on government, write letters and turn up to protests when they are on. I figure I need to let them know that this “quite Australian” is not happy about the lack of action on dealing with the climate crisis. I am horrified at the fires and their consequences.
    I was in Brisbane last Saturday and the smoke pollution was almost as bad there.
    great post.

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    1. Thank you very much for your words. Yes, I completely agree. At the moment, it is actually too late to be coming up with long-term solutions (that is something that we must not forget but deal with in the winter months), for now we need to be pushing funding into our emergency services and supporting them fully. Actions speak louder than words.

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  2. Very good article. However, I believe that action on climate change is not enough to minimise devastating bushfires in Australia. There were catastrophic fires on this hot and dry continent well before the Industrial Revolution and man-made CO2 emissions. See this link : The Ghosts of Black Thursday 6th February 1851
    https://saltbushclub.com/2019/11/18/black-thursday-1851/

    What is also needed is better fire management in National Parks, which includes hazard reduction burning in winter to clear the forests of fuel on the ground. Here are some more links for anyone who is interested.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-12/cause-of-bushfires-is-complex-but-climate-change-is-part-of-it/11692176

    https://www.macarthuradvertiser.com.au/story/5353623/why-hazard-reduction-burns-are-so-important/

    Cheers, Irina

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  3. We were on holiday in New Zealand in November, and shocked to find one day that the mountains were almost totally obscured by smoke from the Aussie fires. As innocent Brits abroad we didn’t appreciate what was going on until the locals explained it. Two lessons leap out from that experience: that the fires you’re suffering over there are truly catastrophic, and that in regard to climate change – and so much else besides – we’re all in this together, for better and for worse.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Yes, I couldn’t agree more. Our prime minister continues to state how we only make up a small percentage of emissions, however; it is a team game. We need to be the country to take charge, and I am sure other nations will follow.

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