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13
Jan

What the Australian Bush Fires have taught us

We could not get over the devastation caused by the Amazon rainforest fire in Brazil and another wildfire rocked the world – Australian Bushfires. 

The New South Wales bushfire has been trending and is a topic of discussion all over the world. The devastation caused by this bushfire is so huge with images of burnt, dying animals making headlines everywhere in the world. With animals fleeing their homes to people crying over their charred houses has made other people shed tears all over the world. Many have come in support with physical help and huge donations but the underlying question is how did this fire become so huge? Why it couldn’t be stopped? What caused this fire? What can we do now to help the planet and save scores of animals that are injured, dead or suffering? 

We have made many mistakes in the past and it is time we bring positive amends that can help make this world a better place for us and our future generations.

The main cause of the Australian bushfire has been speculated to be climate change. As per statistics, there has been a 1.52 deg C increase in the average temperature in Australia from 1990, with 2019 being the hottest year. If a 1.5 deg C increase has caused a scale of destruction this huge, it is horrifying to imagine what can happen in the next few years as temperatures are going to rise in the future.

The Australian fires have functioned as a major wake up call to governments and people all across the world. The question is how many wake up calls do we need before we take climate change seriously and how many innocent lives and forests are going to suffer because of our ignorance. The impact of our decisions is not just affecting our planet but also us. The Australian bushfire is causing heavy water pollution and is disrupting life all across Australia. The long term impact of this can be very dangerous. 

This brings us back to the big question. What can we learn from this forest fire and what should we do in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future? It is time for all of us to wake up and start taking our environment seriously. All of us can contribute in a very meaningful way to fight climate change. 

Let us start using home appliances wisely and save energy, plant more trees, use water wisely and reduce the waste we create that go in landfills. These are just some of the ways that help in conserving nature. Each one of us has the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute in a very meaningful way.  This is a great article that talks about ways to reduce energy consumption.

Climate change is a debatable topic in many countries but it is time we start taking it seriously. Even if we deny it, the natural disasters in the recent past have all been related to climate change. We have young leaders fighting for a greener world, for ways to tackle the ill effects of climate change. 2020 is the start of a fresh decade and it is also the last decade to set things right. It is now or never situation for everyone in the world.

It is important to educate people, both young and old about the various ways of saving our planet. We need schools that not only teach but also believe in the environmental-friendly ways of life, schools that teach green technologies like hydroponics, aquaponics and solar energy to our future leaders. 

Green Schools Green Future is one such NGO aiming to build sustainable schools with green technology that provides students in developing communities with skills for the future. We not only believe in the green revolution but also are coming up with our pilot school in Haiti this year. 

If you would like to support the environment, you can donate here and be a part of this cause.

As the saying goes:  A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Be that grain of earth, that drop of water that would help in this huge fight.

RESOURCES:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/australian-fires-threaten-to-pollute-water/#close

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/explainer-what-are-the-underlying-causes-of-australias-shocking-bushfire-season 

Pic credit: Pexels.com

By Rowena Samuel and Manali Arora

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