AUGUST 2022: CFA brigades and SES Units show climate leadership

Most firefighters know that climate change is leading to longer and more intense fire seasons. This is changing how we fight fires. It highlights the fact that, as a local and global community, we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a matter of urgency. Many local brigades are also doing their bit to reduceContinue reading “AUGUST 2022: CFA brigades and SES Units show climate leadership”

AUGUST 2022. As the northern hemisphere burns, what are the lessons for Australia?

IMAGE: Bordeaux, France, August 12. ‘Fire front is 3 kilometers long. 6,200 hectares already gone and 10,000 people have been evacuated. A63 motorway on fire’. Photo via Dave Throup. The northern hemisphere summer has been terrible. Heat waves have killed many thousands, from Iran and India to Portugal and France. Flash flooding has closed theContinue reading “AUGUST 2022. As the northern hemisphere burns, what are the lessons for Australia?”

JULY 2022: How should the new government respond to the threat of fire?

Fire ready policies Jul 05, 2022 We know that Australia is facing ever worse climate change driven disasters (‘UnNatural’ disasters). These include worsening fire seasons, longer heatwaves, increased flooding and longer droughts. The following are some suggestions on how Australia should be responding to longer and more intense fire seasons. Having a new national governmentContinue reading “JULY 2022: How should the new government respond to the threat of fire?”

JUNE 2022: What’s next for AFCA – please give us your ideas.

Our first campaign aimed to mobilise grassroots fire fighters to get active and call on the (then Coalition) federal government to take meaningful action on climate change (you can read about the campaign here). Now, as we look towards the summer of 2022/23 we would love to hear your thoughts on what next. What campaignContinue reading “JUNE 2022: What’s next for AFCA – please give us your ideas.”

JAN 2022: Firefighters still paying the price for the Federal Government’s failure to act on climate

Firefighters across the country are today launching the #ClimateFire campaign. Driven by a shared value of meaningful climate action, grassroots firefighters are getting organised. The Australian Firefighters Climate Alliance unites volunteer and career firefighters who want to see their governments commit to meaningful climate action. Firefighters are on the frontlines of Climate Change and theyContinue reading “JAN 2022: Firefighters still paying the price for the Federal Government’s failure to act on climate”