13 January 2020
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There is no need to reiterate the devastation being waged on Australia, on nature and humanity. Suffice it say, this horrific event is causing damage that may never replace the loss. The animal population alone is cause for great distress. It’s a horrible way to bring attention to the present and future that we have created. But crisis intervention is a known fact that forces action. Still, the Australian government has chosen not to act.
And so the rest of us must help. Here is an article from The New York Times that lists organizations that are supporting this human-made and natural destruction: “How to Help Victims of Australia’s Fires: The deadly wildfires, fanned by wind and fueled by scorching heat, are raging across the southeast of the country,” by Christine Hauser and Laura M. Holson (06 January 2020).
If you want a quick and easy way to contribute, here’s the information: WIRES, or the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc., is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization. Donations can be made online, by telephone and through Facebook and PayPal.
The escalation of climate-related disasters continues. Nature and human nature suffer in tandem, and thus our interdependence is center stage. Still, for the very short-term Mother Nature and human nature exhibit their resilience and power to forge ahead.
Fires are part of the history that heals and rejuvenates, demonstrating a pattern in natural history and science. Fire hurts everything in its pathway. Even great devastation results in rebirth in forests and on land. But the rage in the Australian fires is beyond what we have seen in my country, and the hurt grows.
These stories of worldwide climate emergency motivate me to create some lingering optimism. In the Lens section is my interpretation of how the earth renews itself with circles of hope rolling across the earth as it heals and rejuvenates. Resilience is power.