Entire species are feared extinct in Australia where thousands are being evacuated amid the worst wildfires in living memory.
At least 17 people are dead, more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed, emergency has been declared.
The sky has turned red in the region. Smoke has reached even New Zealand. An elderly woman died after being exposed to the smoke as she exited a plane at Canberra airport.
“Phones lines back up, multiple families I know have lost their homes. We’re piecing it together,” an etherean says from the ground before adding:
“Somes lives lost, but not identified yet. I’m still safe. Going to mums to defend tomorrow. Supplies running low. We had panic buying at supermarkets. Chaotic scenes. Can’t even imagine what this will look like when summer ends.”
Where’s The World?
It used to be America, Europe, China, Russia and even Arabia would stand hand in hand in these sort of situations and take emergency action to come to the rescue of tragedy struck areas.
Britain, whose queen is still the head of Australia, used to have emergency appeals for donations.
Planes would be flying full of water, helicopters, firefighting trucks would be sent, the world would mobilize and act as one to quickly solve these sort of situations.
Now we just stand and watch even as they say the worst is yet to come with this summer the hottest on record for Australia.
This paralysis highlights the utility of the United Nations, which though imperfect as any man’s creation, used to still facilitate quick action where there’s no reason for disagreement.
That smoke and pollution will probably eventually make its way even to Europe and America, with Australia part of this world not another planet.
Yet we just watch children rescuing their mothers, and keep our resources sitting still, while distracting ourselves with irrelevances in Congress as if a pantomime show is our government instead of man’s invention to solve problems, like these fires that burn arguably needlessly for collectively we probably have the resources to stop it.