Climate stories

During the black summer bushfires the smoke in Sydney got so thick we couldn't open our windows. The smoke got inside anyway and it was hard to breathe or sleep.

Oliver’s story

Bindera, NSW

  • Fire
  • Heatwave

During the black summer bushfires the smoke in Sydney got so thick we couldn’t open our windows. Our apartment didn’t have any air conditioning and so it often felt hotter than being outside. The smoke got inside anyway and it was hard to breathe or sleep.

I had set an alert on the Fires Near Me app for my parents house in Bindera, NSW. Every morning I woke in a panic to a new notification. Fortunately they were always just grass fires that were quickly contained, but people I knew lost their houses.

At the same time, the Barrington River went dry for the first time. The town had to have bottled water shipped in and we worried for animals like the family of platypus that had lived on our property for my whole life. The whole summer was very distressing.

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Cathie's story

Mogendoura, NSW

  • Drought
  • Fire
  • Flood

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.

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Bushfires. Floods. Heatwaves. Disease.

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