Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday Mural

I've cropped this mural photo as there was a lot of boring roadway in the foreground. I can't really make out the words on the mural aside from climate change. I really like the mural even though there is not a lot in the photo aside from the koala (note, not a bear). It is by the well known muralist Dvate.


Sorry to make a happy looking mural into a bit of a downer. It is a rather apt photo given the guesses at the deaths of koalas from our bushfires at somewhere around 25,000. It has been an absolute tragedy, and based on a studies of how many mammals per hectare in the forests of Australia, a biodiversity scientist made an educated guess that 480 million animals have died since the fires began in New South Wales, September last year. That's of course right down to creatures such as frogs. But that figure was arrived at before the fires began in the east of my own state of Victoria began. More will die from loss of habitat, starvation and by being hunted by feral non native animals, in spite of so much help for them by professional and volunteer organisations.

The Sydney shock jock radio hosts and the Murdoch media empire remain in denial and many words are spoken and written about how this is normal for Australia. It is not.  We've had terrible fires in the past but not such sustained fires with such losses. No surprise that we've become smarter at saving ourselves, in the short term at least.

Just to lift you up again, have a look at the lovely koala photo taken by Lynda at Farm-ily for her post number 2,502.

17 comments:

  1. I saw Lynda's photo yesterday and rejoiced to see one in an area which was not hit by this season's bushfires.
    If this is our 'new normal' which I have also seen written I despair.

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  2. It's a beautiful mural. A contrast with the sad situation you're talking about. I understand your anger against the lies of Murdoch' media....

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  3. We should be doing everything possible to conserve our precious and unique native animals.All of them not just the cute and cuddly ones.

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  4. Our hearts are heavy...the massive loss of life of our wildlife creatures...and of our livestock and domestic animals is heartbreaking.

    Great mural.

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  5. All animals and creatures lost in the bushfires, just dreadful. We don't seem to hear much about the roos though.

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  6. The figure I've seen in several sources for loss of wildlife is one billion. It's overwhelming and I mourn for your country.

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  7. I like the way he's added a piece so he could complete the Koala's ear. Obviously a talented and conscientious painter.

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  8. I like the way he has extended beyond the wall to make the koala jump out from the background. It is beyond comprehension that there are people of influence still denying this isn't normal.

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  9. I like the mural and love Lynda's koala too. it is really sad how many animals have been lost of all species and whether or not they can make a comeback is yet to be seen. And the fires continue to burn. At least the Canberra area has some rain at last, but will it be enough?

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  10. I read that rain is helping with the fires, the news reports have largely stopped on the world media.

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  11. Oh God, it breaks my heart. We have seen Australia burning more or less every day on the news here. It is horrifying that there are still people who scoff at the undeniable truth of climate change. Send them to perish in the bush fires, I say.

    Perhaps the heavy rains will finally bring an end to the nightmare?

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  12. It really is heartbreaking when you think how terrified all those animals must have been, unbearable to think about. Thank heavens for the rain, although even that is too much and causing problems, in Sydney anyway. Andrew I just read your last post, have you seen the movie called Kodachrome, Ed Harris is the star, I won't say much more because if you can find it somewhere to watch I think you'll enjoy it, I did.

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  13. My husband would love to pet a koala bear in Australia as there are none here in Hawaii. I guess he never will.

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  14. It hurts my heart to think of these suffering animals all dead to human greed. And the denial is everywhere even on my posts of this assault of snow we've had with more to come. We are in deep deep do-do and the outlook is bleak.

    but I do love the mural.

    XO
    WWW

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  15. This is plain wrong how we as earthlings is treating our home planet

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  16. It breaks my heart that all that wildlife suffered and you humans as well! So sad and how horribly helpless everyone is to do anything to stop it! Prayers

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  17. A beautiful mural Andrew. It's very sad that so much wildlife was lost in the fires.

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