Maybe I have been a bit harsh with my title for this post? Then again, I am, after all, at heart, a global warming skeptic.
And now the NT government is proposing aboriginals stop burning-off to reduce C02 emmissions.
“Government figures show the Territory has Australia’s highest rate of emissions per person. The service’s hazard reduction officer, Patrick Skewes, says Indigenous land owners and communities need to change the way they use fire.
“They need to understand the damage that they’re doing too and that’s an educational program,” he said. “Just because you’ve had a bad habit for 100 years doesn’t mean to say that it’s a good thing … bad habits become cultural as well.”
Would this be a good outcome for the NT environment? Is there too much burning-off in the NT?
At this blog David Ward from WA has suggested:
“By insisting, through our political representatives, that CALM burn the bush more often, and more patchily, we will make it safer, see more wildflowers, avoid most animal deaths, and avoid dense, choking smoke from fierce wildfires. We will have to live with occasional light smoke from prescribed burns. If most litter were less than five years old, smoke would be minimal, and arson would be futile. All it could cause would be a mild, creeping fire, which would benefit the bush.
Think of the savings and benefits by working with nature, instead of fighting it. No more squadrons of aircraft, anxious home owners, and choking smoke for a week or more. The police could get on with catching burglars. More young Noongar people should be employed by CALM to help manage the bush with fire, restoring their culture and healing their self esteem.”
Read Ward’s entire post at http://www.jennifermarohasy.com/blog/archives/000672.html