This past year has seen some horrible fires occur across the world’s environment’s. In August, the Amazon Rainforest saw a giant fire outbreak that destroyed a substantial portion of the rainforest. The damage stretched across nine different countries. The Amazon Rainforest is responsible for 20% of the world’s oxygen, so any damage to the rainforest has negative ramifications for all living lifeforms.
In our own country, California has experienced another bad wildfire season. While the season is “not as bad” as the 2017/2018 seasons, over 6,500 wildfires have raged across California, damaging the natural environment, destroying entire communities, and disrupting daily life in the state. The cause of rising fire totals is climate change. California is experiencing stronger winds and hotter temperatures. These two conditions are creating a perfect storm for wildfires thrive in.
Recently, Australia has been battered by massive bushfires. Just like in Brazil and California, the fires are destroying important pieces of our environment. Australia is home to many unique animals and plants, and the fires are putting them at risk. Additionally, the fires are causing widespread issues throughout the country. From Sydney to Perth, fires are sprouting up. I have a friend who is from Sydney, and she has sent picture and information about the affect the fires are having on Sydney. People are being told to stay inside. Those who have to go outside are being told to wear a mask or protective covering over their nose, mouth, and eyes. The smoke has enveloped much of Sydney, shrouding the beautiful city in a screen of toxic gas.