“I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic. I want you to act. I want you to behave like our house is on fire. Because it is.”
– Greta Thunberg 2019
It is absolutely heartbreaking seeing our country burn at the moment – the scale of the loss and devastation is overwhelmingly tragic and the effects are being felt across the world.
These beautiful and sobering photos are from Mia’s (my employee’s) family home in Far East Gippsland where she has been helping defend the property over her summer break by putting out spot-fires, while CFA/DELWP are backburning adjacent to their land…thankfully they are all safe and have a good understanding of bushfire behaviour. We are all being affected by this in our own ways, and there can be a feeling of helplessness, but there are things we can do all do to help.
“Compassion without action is just observation.”
Our leaders are failing us, so it is time for each and everyone of us to show leadership, care, and take action in whatever way we can. There’s a saying that it is the darkest before the dawn, and this is perhaps the wake-up call to those in denial about the state of our planet.
We can help today by donating money:
We can help by offering accommodation:
We can help by being political:
We can help by offering pro-bono architectural services for future re-builds:
and last but definitely not least, we can help by being more pro-active and not just re-active to help prevent the climate emergency getting worse. The buildings architects are designing now will
Of course, there’s lots more to do help with eco-system restoration and regeneration, improved bio-diversity, water security, food security, social-sustainability, becoming carbon-positive, walkable communities, etc…but let’s not get overwhelmed…let’s just start with one action, and take it from there.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
– Arthur Ashe
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