Emergency chiefs: Climate change is here now and Australians are paying the price.
The catastrophic bushfires in QLD have been worsened by climate change and the Federal Government needs to respond to this unprecedented threat, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action has warned.
The coalition of 23 fire and emergency services leaders from every state and territory has demanded more support for emergency services and firefighters, and an urgent plan to phase out fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas, which are driving climate change.
Lee Johnson, Former Commissioner, Queensland Fire & Emergency Services, said: “The fire behaviour we are seeing in Queensland is far from normal. Never in my memory have we experienced such damage, destruction and property loss in a single fire season. Climate change is here, now – and Queensland communities are paying the price.”