Bushfire in Australia is a regular occurrence which has been going on since a decade. It moulds the nature and climatic conditions of the entire country. Out of the entire regions in Australia, Eastern and Southern parts are the most affected – mainly because it is covered by Eucalyptus forests. Bushfire occurs when heavy and light fuel loads in Eucalyptus trees are dried out following the period of low rainfall. Drought is also one of the major reasons behind Bushfire.
On 1st Jan 2020, Australia recorded the worst pollution ever.
The climatic conditions have gone down to great level especially in New South Wales and Victoria. In this bushfire, more than four million hectares of land was affected, more than 2,000 houses were destroyed and thousands of resident were seeking shelter elsewhere.
There was a loss of lives of local citizens as well. The devastating fire formed the cloud which was so extreme that they triggered their own thunderstorm. This climatic condition was so deadly and dangerous that the results are in front of all of us. Citizen of NSW and Victoria are still fighting one of its worst bushfire seasons as only in New South Wales, more than 1.65 hectares was razed.
Is this unexpected-
Well, to be honest, bushfires are nothing new in Australia. It has always been affected with it, but scientists feel 2019 was the most hazardous without parallel on several counts. The major reason for this is assumed to be lack of rainfall, but scientists are of the opinion that the reasons go much beyond that.
How badly Bushfire has affected the country?
- One Billion animals have been killed till now; few endangered species have gone extinct
- 5 Million hectares of land gazed
- Thousands of homes were destroyed
- 34+ people were killed
- Air quality has fallen to hazardous level
- The government budget to deal with bushfire was also exceeded by $4.4 Billion
- The smoke has spread to aprox 11,000km of area
- 306 Million ton of CO2 level in atmosphere has been emitted
- Tourism sector revenue was also dropped by $1 Billion
Humanity still exist so enormous help came from various celebs, here are a few amongst them-
Top Australian cricketer Shane Warne helped the Bushfire cause by auctioning his baggy green cap for more than $1Million. When bidding was closed, the famous cap was sold to Common Wealth Bank CEO – Matt Comyn, also known as MC.
Tennis legends Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova have donated $174,000 each to lend their support.
Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman and singer Keith Urban have donated $500,000 to help curb the bushfires.
It’s a proud fact to mention here that Kanwaljit Singh and his wife, Kanwaljit Kaur, an Indian couple who owns restaurant named Desi Grill in Victoria have been giving free food to the victims and firefighters.
Australian Actor – Chris Hemsworth also donated $1Million to aid those who were affected by this bushfire.
Even top cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram and many others will feature in a cricket match to raise funds.
Now after going through all this, let’s see how can Bushfires be prevented?
The government is trying its level best to get the situation in control, but the locals should also keep a few points in mind, like:
- Clearing the racking of grass and leaves spread across the area.
- Keeping the lawn well – watered
- Storage of flammable resources such as woodpiles and leaves rubbish away from house
- Keeping the garden moist
- Placing right resources to control fire
- Getting right education on how to deal in such scenario
Is climate change the root cause?
Most of the Australian population feels the same, but it seems much more complicated. The scientists have always been of the opinion that a hot and dry climate will be the main reason for it. Most parts of Australia have been made under severe drought conditions, and that’s made it convenient for the fires to spread.
So, what’s the lesson learnt?
As an apt conclusion, I’d like to mention here that there is an alarming need for all of us to become environment friendly and respect it. If we don’t learn it now, take my words, the situation will go from bad to worse, and the entire human race will suffer its drastic consequences. So, let’s wake up and act before it gets too late.