This is our first post of 2020. I had to share some of my thoughts on the recent devastating events here in our beloved country.
Firstly, my heart goes out to the families of those affected through the loss of life, their homes, livelihoods and, of course, the surrounding habitat and all its unique, innocent creatures. Our environment will suffer the consequences of these bush fires for at least the next two decades.
Our flowering gums could take up to 20 years to recover and the loss of over a billion of our Australian native animals is catastrophic, pushing some of species to the brink of extinction.
Bees in particular play such a pivotal role in nature and the loss of millions of these precious pollinators is a devastating blow.
Aside from the regeneration of our precious native environment, some of the local food businesses may take a very long time to recover.
Estimated damage to our native forest is that 18.6 million hectares have been decimated and over a billion creatures of different species – it could take up to two decades to recover.
Let’s do our part to support the rejuvenation of our native forests and all living creatures that depend on this nature, including ourselves. Planting local plants from local seed is key. Planting more polystemenous plants like Bottlebrush and Grevillea (including in our own gardens) for our precious pollinators will then support the rejuvenation. Now is the time for us to ‘babysit the bees’ for Mother Nature.
Support organisations that are getting plants and trees back in the ground, those that are rescuing hurt wildlife and are helping them recuperate and then returned to the wild where it’s safe to do so. Support towns and communities that have been hurt by taking holidays in those places and spending dollars to help their economy.
Australia let’s join hands and rejuvenate this great, ancient land.
WAYS TO HELP
- Be water wise – every drop of water is priceless. Don’t just follow water restrictions, try and be even more frugal with usage. Water is life.
- Plant trees everywhere you can – either plant yourself or via organisations that facilitate forest regeneration.
- Travel to bushfire impacted communities and help them get back on their feet through your tourism dollar.
- Volunteer and give your time and assistance to organisations and charities who are helping those impacted.
- Take part in fundraising and relief events, involve family and friends.
- Take action – march at the next climate change protest – make your voice heard.
- Write to your local MP asking for action on the climate crisis.
- Switch to Ecosia as your computer search engine and plant trees while you search.
- Give blood – something that’s always in need, especially in time of crisis.
- Care for your local wildlife by leaving water bowls out – even bees need to drink water!
- Respect the fire bans, join your local RFS and volunteer service – there are many things the RFS need to support fire- fighting. They need catering, admin etc
- If you can sew, wildlife rescue organisations need mittens for burned paws, pouches for babies, blankets, etc
- Make conscious choices with everything you purchase, where you invest your superannuation, the utilities you use – everything matters now.
Lastly, if you are suffering ecogrief – we feel you and you’re not alone. Seek out someone to talk to or better yet get some counselling and get active – that helps. Get involved in nature because nature has a healing effect, join a group that wants to protect nature because it is good for you, your community and the planet.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”