Climate stories

As a lover of animals, I am concerned greatly with the negative impacts climate change is having on our ecosystems within Australia. I remember distinctly, the images of destroyed habitats from the 2019-2020 bushfires and the images of animals having perished in the natural disaster. I believe that events such as this will only continue to happen if the effects of climate change aren’t addressed. 

Gabriella ’s story

Melbourne, VIC

  • Fire
  • Health
  • Nature

My name is Gabriella Ciurleo and I am a high school student currently completing year 10 of my high school education. I have grown up and lived in the inner suburbs of Melbourne my whole life. I often enjoy going for walks through parks and walking trails within Melbourne, which has developed my love for nature and especially animals. I also have a particular interest in biology which I am studying at school presently. Understanding how organisms exist and how ecosystems sustain life has always been an interest of mine, and has only been heightened through my use of the natural resources we have in Victoria. I hope to one day be able to use my interest in biological sciences to be able to ensure that as a society, we are moving more toward an environmentally sustainable way of life. 

As a lover of animals, I am concerned greatly with the negative impacts climate change is having on our ecosystems within Australia. I remember distinctly, the images of destroyed habitats from the 2019-2020 bushfires and the images of animals having perished in the natural disaster. I believe that events such as this will only continue to happen if the effects of climate change aren’t addressed. 

I also am concerned with the state of the world that I will be bringing my children into in the future. I fear that as climate change worsens, the lives of those in the future will be increasingly difficult, as issues such as pollution, food scarcity and lack of biodiversity become central to the everyday lives of people including my family should I have one of my own one day. 

I think having an understanding of how ecosystems function and how delicate the natural environment is through my interest in biology has made me much more conscious of the impact I am having on the environment. I think that more should be done to make people aware of how delicate our environment is through understanding the interconnectedness of all of the features and ecosystems of our natural world. I believe that through education, we will be equipped with the tools to better address our impact on the world, with the hope of reducing the negative impacts considerably. However, I also think that our governments should be held to a higher standard regarding their obligation to protect our natural world, as such standards will filter down to everyday people. 

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  • Culture
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