Is Climate Change responsible for the bushfires? Look to the South for the answers.

Some thoughts from a retired firefighter and mate of mine….


Barry Watterson       13 December 2019


There’s a lot of talk about the change in climate leading to the current bushfire disaster. Is that the case? Is Climate Change solely a catastrophe of global proportions that will destroy us all, or can we see it affecting us at a local level, in this case the current bushfire disaster spreading up the eastern seaboard of the mainland states?

First a disclaimer. I’m not a meteorologist. I was, however, a firefighter for 34 years, and I spent my fair share of time fighting bushfires over that time.   Bushfires are dangerous and, for all the efforts that people and communities put in to fighting the fires, large scale fires are dependent on weather changes to get them under control. Usually it means doing what you can until the Southerly arrives with its cooler temps and much needed rain.



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About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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