Facts of the Year #4


There are plants in Australia evolved for germinating best in ash and scorched earth.


This year, Australia was not immune to the environmental catastrophes happening around the world and caused by the climate change Australia’s government has so adamantly denied exists.


While their scale and frequency are purely destructive and a result of the continent drying out, bush fires are a natural occurrence and, indeed, a necessary form of spring cleaning – evidenced by the fact that some Australian plants are designed to germinate in ash. Periodical clearing out of dead and dry wood in small bouts is evidently as necessary for new life as it is for the preservation of old.


Indigenous communities have been urging the government to recognise this idiosyncrasy and take a smarter approach to bush maintenance – here’s hoping we listen!