Visiting Rural New South Wales after the Fires
I saw first-hand last week the devastation caused by the massive fires that hit Australia in recent months. I also witnessed the resilience of (some) plants to rise from the ashes.
This was the edge of Monga National Park, (it was closed due to falling trees) near the town of Braidwood, N.S.W. This is considered a rainforest due to the micro-climate of the area- being wet all year round, so remarkable that it should still burn to the ground so fast. That is how dry it has been here.
Not all forests will return to normal. The impact of the fires on animals alone is huge, species will be extinct one they start counting. So many animals lost their lives, in a diminishing forest due to suburban sprawl and cattle grazing (the biggest impact on natural habitats are from animal agriculture) Many Australian flowers and plants love a good fire to bring them to life, but these fire will be too much for some areas.
We drove for mile after mile of decimated bushland. There was more area burned in New South Wales over summer than the recent Amazon fires. (11 million hectares (27.2 million acres or 110,000sq km)
I wish I could end on an upbeat note, like people are becoming more aware of the climate disaster we find ourselves in, but there is so much ignorance and greed that fuels the destruction going on around them. Hopefully these images help with raising awareness of the destruction we are bringing upon ourselves.
Best wishes until next time, Don