2 Key Lessons Everyone MUST Learn from the Most Recent Australia Wildfire
The most recent Australia Wildfire which according to estimates found on News.co.au, has burnt through more than 10 million hectares of land, amounting to almost the size of England, and more than the size of the Netherlands. The fire is said to have killed an approximate 25 people in this particular outbreak alone; and about 1 billion animals have been in the past fire incidents and this, put together.
The conservative government, headed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been criticized for showing negligence to climate change concerns, saying “fires are nothing new and climate change Is irrelevant,” and also repealing a successful carbon tax in 2014 that contributed to a reduction in greenhouse emission.
Many factors are responsible for the wildfires, most significant of which is climate change and greenhouse emissions.
However, there are several lessons for governments, industries, corporate bodies and individuals, to learn from these wildfire incidents.
Climate Change and Greenhouse Emission
Climate change, the biggest culprit of the wildfires, said to occur when changes in Earth’s climate system result in new weather patterns that remain in place for an extended period of time, has been on the high slope in recent time and is just gaining prominence and media and activism space. Efforts to reverse climate change lie in the hands of governments, industries and individuals.
Climate change is playing a massive as the country “is already hot and dry; a large swathe of the country is facing an increased risk of drought… bushfires can have a ripple effect both on the local landscape and on the global climate.” (Time)
Governments need to enact and implement stringent laws that compel big firms that emit carbon-monoxide (CO) into the air, to find alternatives to this byproduct of factory efforts, as this substance heats up the climate space and trigger a depletion in the ozone layer.
Industries also need to be aware of their negative roles in climate change and take new steps to change the present course of ozone layer depletion which is causing the temperature of the world to heat up, thereby creating a higher tendency for fire incidents like the recurrent Australia wildfire.
Bush Burning and Other Man-Made Fires
According to Australian Financial Review, 50% of Australian fires are caused by man-made efforts, most paramount of which is bush burning. Bush burning is the act of setting forests, weeds and farmlands on fire. Farmers embark on this activity to prepare for new planting seasons.
This activity, though favourable to farmers, could, during dry seasons or seasons of high temperature, trigger fire accidents, simply because the fire could spread beyond the estimated area, thereby causing grave damage to properties, livestock other human resources.
Farmers should endeavour to limit the rate at which they carry out these such activities, and also regulate the seasons, putting temperature into consideration.
Other man-made fires that could trigger outbreaks include campfires, indiscriminate disposal of cigarette sticks and firewood cooking activities among others.
There are no societies immune to fire outbreaks, as it is evident in past incidents in Nigeria including the more recent Balogun Market fire. It, therefore, becomes imperative that every party that could be involved take proactive measures to prevent minor or major fires, so we do not have suck outbreaks.
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