Australia on fire

I’m shocked and saddened by the tragic loss and devastation of people’s lives in Australia with bushfires out of control. Here in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, south-east Queensland, you can smell smoke some days and see the haze in the air from fires in the area.

But right now in NSW and Victoria it looks like the apocalypse. Christian’s aunt and uncle were among thousands evacuated this week from southern NSW. His sister is trying to get back home to Melbourne with highways cut off by the fires. It is terrifying.

And all the while the prime minister Scott Morrison ignores the fire chiefs’ warning that climate change is creating the conditions for the country’s worst fire season yet. But this is not about politics, it’s about people.