Australia continues to burn

Australia continues to burn

Nicole Cantin, Staff writer

   Over the course of a couple months, 18 million acres of land in Australia has been burned. Wild fires are rapidly spreading, and so far there has been no sign of them stopping.

   Most of the burning land includes national parks, brushland, and forests. Human interference has made Australia’s increasing climate change go from bad to worse. In December of 2019, the nationwide average temperature was broke by climbing to 113-120 degrees fahrenheit. 

   Animals have been dealing with fires for millennia, but with humans taking over land, tearing down forests, and building big cities, it makes it harder for the animals to recolonize when their ecosystem is affected. Scientists fear that these fires will cause permanent damage to their ecosystems.

   Australia being known for its unique wildlife, may not be known for that much longer. Over a billion animals have been affected by these fires, with millions dead. 

   Koalas and Kangaroos have been heavily affected by burning in the flames. Other animals such as snakes, that can burrow underground, may survive the flames, but die during the aftermath for they have no water or habitat. 

   Australia has over 300 native species, with 81 percent only being found in that country. If those species don’t survive, they will become extinct. 

   Over 2,000 homes have been destroyed and 25 people have so far been killed in the fires. The air quality is so bad in Sydney that breathing in the air is equal to smoking 37 cigarettes.

   Approximately 150 fires are still burning, and with no sign of stopping soon. This has been the longest drought and fire season Australia has ever experienced. It will take years to recover from this tragedy.

   You can help by donating to the Australia Red Cross, which is helping people evacuate burning cities or find any credible charity helping stop the fires.