Aussie Couple Dump Ashes Of Their Home Lost In Bushfire On NSW Government Doorstep
More than 150 homes have been lost so far as a result of fires around New South Wales and Queensland.
Three people have died and hundreds of animals have been killed as well.
Many have been wondering whether climate change is to blame or at least a cause of this horror start to the bushfire season, however many conservative politicians have avoided the question.
Well, one couple is demanding answers from state and federal governments and have sent a very symbolic message to them.
Aaron Crowe and Fiona Lee lost their Bobin home to the fires, with the property now nothing more than just a pile of ash.
They've gathered up some of that ash and chucked it on the doorstep of the New South Wales parliament during a School Strike 4 Climate-led demonstration.
Aaron told the people gathered for the rally: "They want to wind back climate policy now, when people are dying from climate change.
"You think this is a coincidence [when] scientists are telling us 'This is going to happen'? The fire chiefs want to meet with our Prime Minister, telling him 'This is going to happen,' and it happens. And they say 'Don't talk about climate change.' It's not good enough."
Fiona added: "The time is definitely right for talking about climate change. For me, there has never been a better time to talk about climate change."
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They're referring to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison dodging questions about whether they think climate change and the bushfire situation are linked.
"My only thoughts today are with those who have lost their lives and their families. The firefighters who are fighting the fires, the response effort that has to be delivered and how the Commonwealth has to responded in supporting those efforts," Mr Morrison told reporters near Port Macquarie over the weekend.
The Prime Minister also posted a tweet that he was sending 'thoughts and prayers' to those people who were doing it tough.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian was quizzed about her thoughts on linking the bushfires and climate change, however she told the ABC that it wasn't the time or place to be speaking about 'political' issues.
"There's no doubt drought has contributed to the conditions...But I don't think it's appropriate to get into a political argument as to what the causes are at this stage," she said on ABC Breakfast.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was also asked by ABC Radio National about his thoughts about whether there was a link.
"We've had fires in Australia since time began, and what people need now is sympathy, understanding, help and shelter," he said.
"They don't need the ravings of some pure, enlightened and woke capital-city greenies at this time."
Experts have explained that the start to the fire season has been unprecedented based off the number of fires, amount of land burned and number of homes lost.
Featured Image Credit: School Strike 4 Climate/Twitter