Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020 | Last Update : 09:17 AM IST

182nd Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra122438091634833015 Andhra Pradesh6317495518215410 Tamil Nadu5473374919718871 Karnataka5268764233778145 Uttar Pradesh3588932895945135 Delhi2492592133045014 West Bengal2283021989834421 Odisha184122149379763 Telangana1726081419301042 Bihar169856155824870 Assam159320129130578 Kerala13863398720554 Gujarat1247671051913337 Rajasthan116881972841352 Haryana113075908841177 Madhya Pradesh108167836182007 Punjab99930754092860 Chhatisgarh8618347653680 Jharkhand7267358543626 Jammu and Kashmir65026421151024 Uttarakhand4177729000501 Goa2875322726360 Puducherry2319118065467 Tripura2227215441245 Himachal Pradesh124387836125 Chandigarh102987411123 Manipur9010683859 Arunachal Pradesh7385540813 Nagaland5544445110 Meghalaya4733252838 Sikkim2447190529 Mizoram158510120
  Opinion   Edit  04 Jan 2020  Australia is on fire

Australia is on fire

Published : Jan 4, 2020, 12:14 am IST
Updated : Jan 4, 2020, 12:14 am IST

It appears the forces of denial, starting with the one ensconced in the White House, are winning the perception war.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Photo:AP)
 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Photo:AP)

A climate disaster of unimaginable proportions has been playing out at the doorstep of the very modern metropolis of Sydney. There have been 20 deaths, houses have been reduced to smithereens, 480 million animals, including cuddly koalas, may have been exterminated and about 12 million acres are burning or reduced to cinder as the flames simply moved on. The devastated area, mostly on the southeastern coast, besides South Australia and Western Australia, is twice as big as the area hit by Siberian fires last year and five times 2019’s Amazon and California fires.

Its Down Under moniker is symbolic of the West’s apathy to the great tragedy taking place in Australia, and the southern summer has barely begun. The scale of the disaster is exemplified in communities that may have lost entire towns in rural Australia and seeking shelter on beaches, being evacuated by sea.


What renders the scenario so inhuman is the inability of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government to even accept that the raging fires are emblematic of the world having crossed the tipping point in global warming/climate change. Will mankind contemplate what the cataclysmic cycle of devastation portends as extreme events are getting increasingly fiercer and threatening human life as never before? It appears the forces of denial, starting with the one ensconced in the White House, are winning the perception war.

Mr Morrison, a Trump admirer, not only campaigned on a pitch against climate action and became PM but also took a Hawaiian holiday he cut short only when the gravity of the bushfires registered. The lady who shouted “idiot” at him may have done so out of frustration. But how foolish can a world be which refuses to even agree on battling climate change, as we saw in Madrid quite recently?


Tags: scott morrison