The complete failure of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to deal with the unprecedented bush fire crisis in Australia will assuredly go down in history as a disgusting show of inhumanity.
Right now nearly the entire perimeter of the country of Australia, nay, continent of Australia, is nothing less than a raging inferno which firefighters (all volunteers) have deemed “out of control” since September. At least 23 people have died as a result, which, while horrifying, is nothing compared to the 480 million animals that have perished in the flames. The situation is so grave that Australia’s entire ecosystem could be put so off balance that many species, plant and animal, may never recover. Nearly 90% of the country’s species are endemic to Australia.
Despite cries for help, Prime Minister and science denialist Morrison had, until now, continuously ignored and rejected them, and has seemed almost as if he’s been cheering for the blaze to win.
In December he was pressed to shell out some money to increase manpower to assist in the never ending efforts of the volunteers on the job, to which he basically replied, “go fuck yourselves” — none would be given. The fire spread even more.
Later that month, as volunteer firefighters Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer were getting killed in the line of duty a few miles southwest of Sydney, pictures were surfacing of Morrison, the coward, in an open button-up shirt with a floral wreath around is head, basking in the laid back rays over Hawaii. He, the elected leader, literally left the country to go on vacation in the midst of the worst blaze it’d ever encountered.
Australia is now, even more than before, completely out of control. A 3D visualization compiled from NASA satellite data over the span of just one month demonstrates the catastrophe perfectly. It’s no less horrifying than it is amazing.
More amazing, the blazes are so vast and intense that they’re now creating their own weather. As TMU reported yesterday:
The environmental calamity has been stoked by a combination of extreme winds, record-shattering heat waves, and drought-parched forests, grasslands, and brush.
Australia’s bushfires have also grown so monstrous that they are generating their own weather in the form of pyro-cumulonimbus clouds—dry thunderstorms that create more fires—according to Victoria’s Bureau of Meteorology. Fire-generated thunderstorms have appeared over the fires in two different locations. NASA describes them as the “fire-breathing dragon of clouds.”–The Mind Unleashed.
Add this to the fact that terrifying tornadoes made of scolding hot flames, dubbed “firenadoes” and “fire twisters,” are also ripping across the brush.
Finally, with the whole world questioning his morality and sanity, Morrison has been backed into a corner and forced to send in reinforcements.
As AFP reports:
Up to 3,000 military reservists were called up to tackle Australia’s relentless bushfire crisis on Saturday, as tens of thousands of residents fled their homes amid catastrophic conditions.
“Today’s decision puts more boots on the ground, puts more planes in the sky, puts more ships at sea,” said Morrison, who made the announcement after being pilloried for his response to the deadly disaster.
It sure took him long enough. This should have been done months ago.
Here’s to hoping progress is made quickly and the people of Australia can begin to recover the lives they once knew sooner than later.
If you’d like to help the desperate situation in Australia, here are some options:
- The Australian Red Cross is helping thousands in evacuation and recovery centres, as well as providing training and equipment to volunteers
- Donating to the Salvation Army Canada and Salvation Army Australia will help the group provide meal and support to evacuees and frontline responders
- A dedicated GoFundMe page has been set up to help displaced First Nations communities needing to rebuild
- The Victorian Bushfire Appeal is raising money to go towards communities in need
- The non-profit Givit is allowing people to donate goods such as food or toiletries, as well as money
- Foodbank, one of the largest hunger-relief charities in the country, is collecting funds for supplies
- If you’re living abroad in Australia, you can also list your home as emergency housing on AirBnB
- The St. Vincent de Paul Society is collecting donations to help victims rebuild their lost homes
- People can donate to support firefighters on the frontline via donation pages for:
- New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Victoria’s Country Fire Authority, Queensland’s Rural Fire Brigades Association and the Country Fire Service in South Australia
- Canadians can also donate money to help fundraising efforts for the families of volunteer firefighters killed this year
- Donating money towards the World Wildlife Fund will help injured animals and eventually restore their homes
- Giving funds to RSPCA Bushfire Appeal will help inspectors respond to animals in need of leaving disaster zones, as well as protect livestock affected by fires
- The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is also looking for donations to help thousands of marsupials
- The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, which was hit hard by the wildfires, is also collecting donations to help treat and care for injured animals
- Wildlife rescue organization Wires is also collecting money to help the country’s at-risk fauna
- Kangaroo Island Mayor’s Relief Fund (Endorsed by SA Govt)
- The State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) has also been launched for those affected by the Adelaide Hills fires at Cudlee Creek and beyond
- Bendigo Bank Bushfires Disaster Appeal (Endorsed by Vic Govt)
- Queensland-government-backed Givit is coordinating donations of items across Australia
- Donations can be made to SAVEM here or the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park on GoFundMe.com
- Millions have been raised on the website, including the wildlife funds above, $138,000 for the Mallacoota Fires Support Fund and $110,000 in one fund for Cudgewa and surrounding Victorian towns
- Donations can be made through Mogo Zoo Fire Recovery or Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on GoFundMe.com
- Donations are being accepted through the general disaster relief fund
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