I have been deeply affected emotionally by the trauma of the Black Summer bushfires. Two and a half years later, I still find it hard to talk about it without tears - and yet I want to talk about it.
I have been deeply affected emotionally by the trauma of the Black Summer bushfires. We did not lose our house but expected it might happen over a period of two months.
Two and a half years later, I still find it hard to talk about it without tears – and yet I want to talk about it. When I watched the Moruya town parade this year, I started shaking with emotion as the fire brigade trucks passed us to huge applause and cheering.
I took a lot of photos before and after the fires and have created a journal, also using printouts of the text messages that went back and forth at the time, with friends and family both in Australia and overseas. I also created an artwork – oil on canvas with collage of burned leaves and charcoal from the fires around my home.
Hundreds of people from across the country are sharing their stories to send a clear message to the Australian government - it's time for real action on climate change.
Every story appears as a point on this map. Click around to read how climate change is affecting our communities, and add your own story to the map.
Cyclone Kevin struck at a category 4. The winds were very strong and it sounded like thunder. I was very scared, it blew off the roof of our house.Read my story
People all across Australia are being harmed by climate change. These are some of their stories.