πŸ“‘ The End of Australia as We Know It

Bookmarked The End of Australia as We Know It (nytimes.com)

Australia, she argued, must accept that the most inhabited parts of the country can no longer be trusted to stay temperate β€” and, she added, β€œthat means massive changes in what we do and the rhythm of our work and play.”

More specifically, she said, the economy needs to change, not just moving away from fossil fuels, a major export, but also from thirsty crops like rice and cotton.

Building regulations will probably stiffen too, she said. Already, there are signs of growing interest in designs that offer protections from bush fires, and regulators are looking at whether commercial properties need to be made more fireproof as well.

The biggest shifts, however, may not be structural so much as cultural.

Damian Cave stops and reflects on Australia’s fire crisis to consider where to next?

Mr. Cannon-Brookes said Australia could seize the moment and become a leader in climate innovation. Ms. Wallworth, the filmmaker, echoed that sentiment: What if the country’s leaders did not run from the problem of climate change, but instead harnessed the country’s desire to act?

β€œIf only our leaders would call on us and say, β€˜Look, this is a turning point moment for us; the natural world in Australia, that’s our cathedral, and it’s burning β€” our land and the animals we love are being killed,’” she said.

β€œIf they called on us to make radical change, the nation would do it.”

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