Much of Australia is on fire, and the destruction is entirely man-made. The blazes aren’t due to the alleged effects of climate change, though, as initially reported by the liberal media. Many of the fires were caused by arson.
Police have charged at least 24 people for intentionally starting bushfires in just the state of New South Wales. Additionally, legal action has been taken against 183 people for fire-related offenses since November 8, 2019. Offenses include failure to comply with the total fire ban and discarding lit cigarettes/matches on land. In one incident, power tools used by a citizen allegedly sparked a fire.
28 people have died as a result of the bushfires. Roughly 18 million acres of land have burned – mostly bushland, but entire towns have burned down as well. 2,000 homes were destroyed. Droves of people sought refuge in the ocean as the fires ravaged the bushland near shore. Millions of wild animals have died.
The fires are predicted to burn for at least several more weeks. Meanwhile, activists are blaming excessive fossil fuel use for the hotter-than-average summer temps that contributed to the apocalyptic bushfires. They’re using the still-burning flames to push for more proactive policies against climate change.
No amount of new red tape will halt the destruction, though, if arsonists continue their devastating work.