Australian Wildfires - Too Big to Ignore
There’s something we need to talk about.
The wildfires in Australia have been burning since September 2019. And, yes, wildfire season is like a thing in Australia, but let’s all put politics aside here, let’s forget about the misused term “global warming”, and let’s focus on the facts here just for a second.
Whether you think climate change is man-made or not, climate change IS real.
Ask a pilot, and they’ll likely tell you “Yes, it’s more turbulent up there than it was a decade ago.”
If you’re wondering what “clear air turbulence” has to do with fires in Australia, have you heard of a fire tornado?
While a “fire whirl” sometimes referred to as a “firenado” (Reference 4) is common due to the wind generated by the fire itself. The frequency of these fire whirls just so happens to be increasing due to climate change (Reference 10).
While a fire whirl usually only extends a few hundred feet high, it's possible for a wildfire to spawn a real tornado.
This happened during the Carr Fire in California in 2018, a real legit tornado (only the second in recorded history and the strongest tornado in California's history taking fire with it at 165 mph and 2700 degrees Fahreinheit and about 7 and a half miles high (Reference 11 - incredible video of this fire tornado).
And, Australia just happens to be one of those places on the planet experiencing warmer than normal temperatures since the early 2000s (Reference 5).
Figure 1. Average temperature in Australia over the past 110 years (Reference 6).
Let’s get some basic definitions out of the way.
Climate change does NOT mean global warming EVERYWHERE across the globe.
Climate change means new weather patterns for extended periods of time (think decades at a minimum) due to an AVERAGE warming of ALL global temperatures (NOT LOCAL WARMING (or cooling) IN A WEEK or a month or even a season… yeah, Homer’s “10 feet of global warming” definition just isn't quite right).
A time for action, not debate
Whatever your beliefs on climate change, man-made, man-accelerated, just normal cycle, here are the facts.
Fires have been blazing for four months, over a quarter of a year, more than a trimester of pregnancy, and a billion animals have already been destroyed.
As a company, well, we simply refuse to stand by any longer.
For the month of January, we’re:
- Donating ALL proceeds from sales to help with firefighting efforts in Australia. This isn't coupled with the two bullets below, this is in addition to those.
- Matching any donation you make to an Australian relief organization.
- If you can’t donate right now, that’s okay too.
Note, you are free to give to whichever firefighting, community restoring, or animal saving charity working towards relief of these devastating wildfires that you choose, and we will match that donation by giving to one of the organizations we’ve vetted and listed above.
Just be sure to tag us in a story or post or tweet sharing how much you give so we can match that gift.
More Ways to Give
You can sponsor a bat wrap to help wildlife in Australia - don't listen to the myths, less than 1% of bats carry rabies, and these incredible animals are natural pesticides,... which reminds me, you should NOT be using pesticides - birds, bats, lizards, and your drinking water stand to lose!
We are not partnered with nor are we sponsors for any of the organizations listed above.
Reference 1. Australia wildfires images
Reference 2. Australian wildfires
Reference 3. Climate change and turbulence
Reference 4. A firenado spawns from the Australian bushfires
Reference 5. Climate Map Released for Australia over the years
Reference 6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Australia
Reference 8. Climate Change
Reference 9. Australia's State of Emergency: Wildfire
Reference 10. Fire whirls and climate change