Whilst I am super excited sitting here in Perth airport waiting to go on holiday, I can’t help but feel a little worried for the country I call home.
Normal people like me are suffering all around Australia this New Years Day. Some have lost everything they own, some their life and others precious family members.
As we travelled up here today, the countryside we passed looked parched. The site of a previous catastrophic bushfire still eerie and barren, evidence of a south west town that was completely wiped out 4 years ago.
I don’t have any answers and I don’t know how we prevent such terrible tragedies. There are endless theories and people researching what can be done to help the world and the situation in which we find ourselves. I think it is time we all stood up and listened because it is all getting very real.
Now more than ever before, I want to travel and see the world as much as I can before things change irreversibly (if they haven’t already). But will I just be contributing as I travel in planes, cars and trains……. what is my carbon footprint? It might be time to become more aware of my own impact.
Today, it feels completely mad to think I am leaving a scorched land and heading to the snow. How would I do that without a plane and I wonder how much effect the actions of humans has had on the wilderness of northern Japan?…….. I guess I will find out soon.
As I embark on a new decade, I feel very privileged. For me, 2020 is looking bright, but I am very aware that for many it has been a brutal start to the new year.
For all those in Australia battling against the inferno, stay safe, love the people around you and cherish every moment as we all should every day.