It’s been a terrible summer in Australia so far. This burnt tree is set up in Sydney as a poignant symbol of the ongoing devastation to our natural environment, not to mention the horrific toll it’s taken on Australian wildlife. The mega fire front is still raging. With funding cuts, climate change denialism and a complete lack of leadership from the top, the fate of the affected animals and humans has been left to volunteer firefighters and the communities themselves.
In recent days Sydney has ironically lived up to it’ s nickname “the big smoke.” Even so, not even the smoke haze which has lent Sydney a new dystopian reality has managed to convince leadership that we have a crisis.
Meanwhile, down on the ground…
Out of the many struggles for survival, during these fires one of the most heartwarming stories I have been following is the plight of the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park outside Sydney.
In the direct path of the mega fire, staff at the park were tasked with the Herculean task of moving all their animals to safety. The call went out through social media and the team were able to effectively move all their fur people to specialist carers often located hundreds of kilometres away. This was no small feat in the heat and the smoke when you have to set aside fear and just get on with the job. That they were able to save their animals is a testament to dedication and community spirit. Once the animals were safe the team went back to defend their wildlife park against the fire and rescue any wildlife that came into the park. There are still good people out there!
Changed wind conditions and successful back burning eventually saved the park from destruction. The animals have been returned to their homes. Take a squizz here to see how happy Gumnut the koala was to be home.
As an online community we need to support good people doing good work. With income lost as a result of the fires and the cost of moving the animals to safety, the park still needs support. If you are interested in helping through donation you can find a link to their gofundme page here.
We’re on our own guys, the protection of our natural environment is down to us. If you love animals and want to see them protected for future generations, then get behind the people on the front line. The top end aren’t listening.
I’ve become increasingly fixated on water. For someone who used to whinge when it rained because I would get my running shoes wet, I have a new respect for something I’ve always taken for granted. Rain will come, the tap will produce water, day follows night. Right?
That is until I lived in a city ringed by smoke. Until birds dropped out of the sky and died of dehydration. Until the bodies of flying foxes littered the roads like discarded plastic bags, dead from dehydration. Until the day I sat at work right next to a water fountain which was turned off because of maintenance, and listened to the irritation of gym goers who simply expected cold water to fall from the tap at the press of a button. This on a day when we were told to stay indoors because the smoke from the bushfires raging across two states had made the air quality dangerous to health. It suddenly occurred to me. What if one day we opened a tap and nothing happened?”
As I write this, the brief respite we had over the weekend, when a sprinkling of rain gave everyone hope, has given way to hot, wild winds which whip the dry leaves around and re-invigorate the fires which have been blazing for weeks. I can’t even begin to imagine the scale of wildlife loss or what the survivors, human or animals, face with the environment blackened around them. I can’t even imagine, how much water has been used fighting these fires which were started by the dearth of water in the first place. I can’t imagine life without the koala, a likely scenario in my lifetime.
I think of the absurdity of teaching an aqua class with the smell of smoke all around us. People exercising and going for coffee while 20km away others are losing their homes as our fragile ecosystem goes up in smoke. And 20kms is not far when the winds rage, as they do today.
For the first time in my life I have become afraid of the weather. What usually happens “over there” is now happening “over here” and it’s frightening. Despite this, and still, developers are carving up swathes of bushland for tourists who want to come to Australia to see koalas. The irony seems to be lost on just about everybody.
We are a selfish, self-interested species. We don’t see the dead birds in the roads who have died of thirst while we complain in the gym that the tap has run dry. We need to realise that we are but ONE part of a complex but vulnerable ecosystem that will not survive if stay on our current course. If the ecosystem collapses so do we.
What can you do?
Reduce, recycle, recalibrate. Stop wanting so much. Donate to wildlife funds to help protect what we have before it’s too late. And if nothing else, help us save the koalas by donating here.
Hello! Welcome to my site. My website as it now stands is in a constant state of evolution, just as I am in a state of evolution along with the rest of the planet. Nothing is permanent and this is a good thing.
Fitness Heaven is my evolving business. Fitness does not only refer to building muscle and exercise, although I work in that industry, but it is also about what concerns emotional wellness and feeling connected in a world that is disconnected what from truly makes us happy. In the coming posts I hope to share my thoughts on the subject and any information that I find valuable. I am particularly interested in the mind/body connection to health and what I hope to create here is a gentle space that explores this subject.
There are good energies in the world, particularly coming from the young, which promise to blow in much needed change. We can no longer consume, distract or trundle our way across the world oblivious to the havoc we, as humans, are causing to the environment and to the other creatures who share this world with us. We don’t own the world. We owe the world a duty to protect it along with everything that lives upon it.
For a long time now I have felt stuck in a state of flux. Bewildered by choice, dumbstruck by the sheer volume of information out there on any given subject, strangled by the need to feel seen or heard which of course is a social marketing tactic to keep us striving and pushing without really asking ourselves what it is we are striving for.
Then one day a voice rose up inside me and it said STOP! Just stop. Do the things you want to do, share the information that resonates with you and if someone is interested they will find you.
So hello someone, nice to have you here. Pleased to meet you.