@NTA Great story, love it, thanks for sharing
What a day here in Sydney. Was actually fairly clear skies until that Turramurra fire, then it looked like armageddon to the north. Thank fck the cold front has arrived, now 19 outside. Still windy though, and it might have arrived too late for the firefighters to rip into the current fires tonight.
Those guys are deadset legends. My kids are too young right now, but I made a promise to myself today that I'm joining the volunteer firefighters as soon as they're old enough for me to take off with short notice - reckon 4 years from now. Even if it means spending time with Tony Abbott.
You cnts can hold me to this commitment post the next RWC.
Doesn't feel right to debate climate change on a day like today, when lives were lost and homes were destroyed. But regardless of whether you feel that it played a part in this event, it seems impossible to argue that more effort and funds are not required to address the impact of events like this. And that's where capitalism, IMO still our best baseline choice for an economic/political system, falls short when left alone. It just does not encourage the type of behaviour society will need without significant oversight and regulation.
We may have huge resources (dare I say "unlimited" as the @Baron-Silas-Greenback would hyperbolate (yes, I think I made that word up)), but how do we ensure they, along with their associated wealth, are directed in the right places? As an example, we currently produce an abundance of food in the world, yet we have not come close to eliminating hunger and malnutrition. We are inherently lazy and selfish. So why would we be confidant that technological advances will come to the aid of the poorest and most climate-affected amongst us?
Feels like this year is a bit different here in Sydney, like the mood is changing. When the flood levy was imposed a few years ago, it was met with derision - "why should we fund their choice of living location?" - but this seems to be hitting closer to home, and I think people are more willing to give something up to help. Feels like the time is right for some political capital to be spent without repercussions.
Anyway, hope all my fellow NSW-men and their families are safe tonight