Tasmania's wild bushfires

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doublebar
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Tasmania's wild bushfires

Just read how devastating the recent bushfires in tasmania have been and could not believe the damage they have caused to the native flora and I assume the native animals too. Apparently a specific region where the vegetation can never again recover has gone forever, I just couldn't believe it, so upsetting. Apparently the article blamed climate change for the devastation. If this scenario spreads it will mean we will see animal refugees requiring new areas to reestablish themselves meaning animals like birds that can fly away from the devastated zones will move to new habitats. I guess they will need all the help they can get from us like feeding stations and artificial nesting sites to get them through the stress.

Woko
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It's difficult to attribute the Tasmanian bushfires precisely to climate change but certainly what's happening around Australia confirms the climate modelling with its predictions of more bushfires of greater intensity. We humans have decided that radical, irresponsible climate change is preferred to the cautionary principle.

Normally, I'd be resistant to the idea of feeding stations to help preserve bird populations but with climate change rampantly affecting habitats such strategies may be necessary while fresh habitats are being restored. One thing the Tasmanian bushfires demonstrate is that we need to preserve & restore habitats as  much & as fast as possible in order to at least try to balance the effects of climate change. Sadly, we're a long way from realising the need for this as the Tasmanian government seems intent on adding to climate change's carnage.

doublebar
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Forget the politicians, they've proven over and over again that they have no understanding or interest in environmental issues and are unwilling to take advice from people who do. The preservation of the environment is the last thing on their mind, they're more interested in selling themselves to the highest bidder. Personally, I find all politicians totally disgusting that's why I've never voted for one.

For Australian birds, natives=life, exotics=death, so do them a favour and go plant some natives and save their lives.

Woko
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I have considerable sympathy for your stance, doublebar. I often wonder if the time & energy I put into contacting politicians could be better spent on my patch, protecting & restoring habitat.

Recently, I was reviewing copies of letters I'd written to politicians & submissions I'd made to enquiries over 28 years to determine if there have been any positive results. I was surprised to see that a number of suggestions I'd made have been acted upon although not necessarily in their entirety. Mind you, after I've made submissions to enquiries it's hard to tell just what impact my submissions have made among the many that the enquiries have received. However, I ended up feeling that a number of my efforts have been worthwhile so I haven't entirely written off politicians. Nevertheless, it does take aeons, it seems, to get them to move on critical issues that aren't immediately related to their retention & extension of power.

I fear that comprehensive & concerted action will only occur when politicians both feel that their power is threatened & can make a connection between environmental destruction & the collapse of our economy - if not the demise our species. As far as I'm aware, the only politician who has clearly demonstrated this capacity is now retired from politics & will be facing a Tasmanian court in March for daring to protect a natural forest.

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