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Australia’s Bushfire Royal Commission finds Climate Change fuelled Black Summer fires

From the Australian Parents for Climate Action Facebook Group

The report from the Bushfire Royal Commission has just been made public. It unequivocally states that climate change fuelled the Black Summer bushfires, just as every other State and Federal Inquiry within the past 12 months has acknowledged.

Australians are already paying too heavy a price for climate change:

-33 people died in the Black Summer bushfires, with over 400 deaths from bushfire smoke.

-2,439 homes lost in NSW alone (worst on record)

-The bushfire smoke that blanketed Sydney is estimated to have cost the city $12-50 million per day.

-More than 23,000 bushfire related insurance claims were lodged across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria between November and February, totalling an estimated value of $1.9 billion

.-The tourism sector alone is set to lose at least $4.5 billion because of the bushfires.

The Federal Government needs to act now on the recommendations made by the Commissioners. It should provide a timeline for when it will accept and implement these recommendations.

More info here: The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Report

Read more in the Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/…/australia-must-prepare…

The Emergency Leaders for Climate Action have a “Bushfire & Climate Action Plan” calling for climate mitigation, among other measures.

Funding for additional firefighting aircraft in 2019 was strongly recommended in letters to the PM by ELCA and via the media but was continually rejected.

You can sign a Petition to implement ELCA’s Plan and download and read the Plan, from the page below.


Pledge to Flood PricewaterhouseCoopers

The Minerals Council of Australia has held back action on climate change for the last 20 years with extensive lobbying, advertising campaigns and a revolving door between parliament and mining companies. They are concerned with profits not about reducing carbon emissions.

Companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, a global consulting firm, shore up the monied MCA to refute the urgent need for climate change, paying the MCA millions of dollars per year for memberships that they don’t need.

350 Australia has plenty of information available on the dirty activities of the MCA.

Click here to find out how the Minerals Council endangers Australia

Please help the campaign to ask PWC to withdraw from the climate-wrecking MCA.

Sign up for 350’s campaign to receive full information so that you and people you know can write your own personal letters to the C.E.O. of PWC, asking the PWC to withdraw from the MCA.

Sign up to get info on getting PWC out of the MCA

You can hand-write your letter or type it out, but make sure that you print out a physical letter, as everyone is asked to post letters to PWC on 22nd June.

Below is a sample letter in DropBox but feel free to add your own concerns and words to a tailored or unique letter. Include photos or diary entries or anything that could help your case, but remember to be polite or civil.

Letter to PricewaterhouseCoopers to withdraw from the MCA

Get creative! When you sign up to pledge that you will post out a letter, you will find out how you can magnify the effects of your actions. Ask friends to write letters too, and you or one person can take them all to the letter box on Monday June 22nd.

Postal address

Tom Seymour
CEO, PwC Australia
480 Queen Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Take a photo of you posting your letters, and share them! Sign up with 350 for easy instructions, using hashtags.

With many of us sharing what we are doing on social media and through other means, our message to PWC will be stronger, and we will persist until they leave the climate-wrecking Minerals Council of Australia.