Some people—including even former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev—think Chernobyl was the tipping point that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union, overturning an establishment based on secrets and lies. What will be the tipping point that awakens humanity to its present condition, ending the denial of the climate crisis? Chernobyl caused the Soviet people to question the political reality of their times. Their government could not, would not protect them. They came to see the system as irredeemable. How many fires does it take to get to that point?
Kennedy Warne recounts some of the stories and experiences captured while reporting on Kangaroo Island. This includes the resilience of the local cafe owner, the extreme desolation and the sacrifices of some of the locals. Warne compares the current crisis with Chernobyl and the collapse of the Soviet Union. He wonders if this is the disaster that could bring about the collapse of capitalism as we know it and a proper response to the current global warming crisis. This is a point that Richard Flanagan raises as well.