The bushfires that struck New South Wales this spring prompted a heated debate about fire, climate change and public communications. Greens MP Adam Bandt sparked the debate with a Tweet on 17th October arguing that the new Australian Government’s Direct Action Plan on climate change would lead to more bushfires:
— Adam Bandt (@AdamBandt) October 17, 2013
Conservative politicians and commentators, such as Environment Minister Greg Hunt, accused Bandt of insensitivity for trying to make a political point about climate change during the bushfires, arguing that he was ‘politicising a tragedy’. Taking a different tack, Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismissed any link between the bushfires and climate change, arguing that bushfires are part of the Australian experience.
While bushfires are nothing new for Australians, it is clear that climate change is leading to an increase in the kind of hot and dry conditions that lead to dangerous bushfires. - Read More -