We should not have to live in fear of bushfires. It is becoming all year round now, the possibility of losing our home and our life in a bushfire.
I live in Katoomba in the Upper Blue Mountains, NSW. Every year we are anxious about bush fire season and we have evacuated from our home on at least two occasions. Once to friends living in Sydney and once (Xmas 2019) to a hotel that was pet friendly in Sydney. We stayed there 4 days to avoid severe conditions and fear of going up in flames along with our house. Our 1/2 acre garden backs onto bushland. It is getting worse. Climate change is an emergency. We have so little time left. Do something.
We ourselves are acutely aware of climate change and have changed our power source to all electric, with solar panels and a Tesla battery. Our water is electric as is our stove top and oven. We spent a fortune converting from gas to electric. Please help people who wish to change to solar to do so. Not everyone has the money to spare and with some people renting, landlords need help to do the right thing too. We should not have to live in fear of bushfires. It is becoming all year round now, the possibility of losing our home and our life in a bushfire. We cannot afford the cost of living anywhere else.
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The fires were absolutely terrifying and they raged around us for months. Everything was tinder dry from the drought, and when the fires came on a friday night the sky was so red and the wind was hot and wild. It really felt like the end of the world.Read my story
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