Arson or Climate Change?

Posted on February 9, 2009

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has branded the arsonists as “mass murderers”. The Australian

There is another explanation, perhaps even more unpleasant than the prospect of murder. We can always catch a killer, but catching climate change might mean we have to change our way of life.

The United Nations has published that 9 out of 10 extreme weather events may be the result of global warming and Australia’s drought and bushfires is a perfect fit into this scenario.

The land down in Victoria has been so dry for recent weeks that a flicked cigarette could have set the land ablaze. Is this manhunt really called for or is it a way to hide the facts? It certainly makes the event more dramatic.

… after years of drought, and with record high temperatures in Victoria over the weekend, fuelled by hot north winds blowing down from Australia’s arid centre, the conditions were set for a major disaster. Reuters

Regional land clearing in Australia, 95% for grazing or feed crop, coupled with global climate change that is characterized by droughts in some areas and floods in others, has prepared Australia for such decimation. This sad and devastating fire should be seen as warning sign of climate change and a call to action: reduce or eliminate meat production and consumption.

The switch to an organic vegan diet would not only heal our world in the quickest possible timeframe, reducing our carbon footprints by 94%, it would also improve our health and lengthen our lives.

Climate change is claiming life all over the world and will continue to do so in greater quantities and more drastic events until we find the courage to stand up to it.

"… all the science to date shows that we can expect more extreme weather in the years to come — that includes hotter days and drier landscapes across southern Australia." Reuters

So before hunting for arsonists, we might like to switch to a plant-based vegetarian diet, to give our planet the best chance at healing itself, and give ourselves the best chance at a healthy life free from natural catastrophe.