Writer Ben Dolbear examines the poor government response to the devastating Australian bush fires.
It has emerged that senior figures in the Australian government spent months ignoring warnings by climate activists about the potentially perilous effects of rising carbon dioxide emission levels.
Since September last year, mega blazes have destroyed homes and wildlife in each one of Australia's six states, with the human death toll rising to 25 and tens of thousands of koalas perishing. Kangaroo Island, once seen to be a safe haven for the symbolic marsupials because its population avoided deadly epidemics, has now become host to a 'virtually unstoppable' fire, with charred koala and kangaroo corpses spread across the land mass, which sits off the mainland of South Australia.
In response, Australia's conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that casting blame on him and 'over-analysing' the situation is unhelpful. Despite this statement, the Prime Minister who once denied climate change was playing a role in the unprecedented blazes is now facing calls to resign after it has emerged that climate activists attempted multiple times to warn him and his government against embarking on a systemic over-reliance on burning fossil fuels months before the fires began.
Back in April, Greg Mullins, who recently served as Fire & Rescue Commissioner for New South Wales and now speaks for the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action group, wrote to the Prime Minister requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the impendi