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AUSTRALIA TODAY IS GROUND ZERO for the cli­mate cat­a­strophe. Its glo­rious Great Bar­rier Reef is dying, its world-heritage rain forests are burning, its giant kelp forests have largely van­ished, nu­merous towns have run out of water or are about to, and now the vast con­ti­nent is burning on a scale never be­fore seen. The im­ages of the fires are a cross be­tween Mad Max and On The Beach: thou­sands driven onto beaches in a dull or­ange haze, crowded tableaux of people and an­i­mals al­most me­dieval in their strange muteness—half-Bruegel, half-Bosch, ringed by fire, sur­vivors’ faces hidden be­hind masks and swim­ming goggles.”

Below is a video the song I Am Aus­tralian, a song written by Bruce Woodley and Dobe Newton. It fea­tures singers Dami Im, Jes­sica Mauboy, Jus­tice Crew, Nathaniel, Samantha Jade, and Taylor Hen­derson. Below the video are the lyrics to the song so you can follow along as you watch the video:

 

🔥 🐨 😞I am, you are, we are Aus­tralian… a tribute. 🎥 Tammy Roberts

 

I Am Australian

I came from the dream-time,
from the dusty red-soil plains.
I am the an­cient heart,
the keeper of the flame.
I stood upon the rocky shores.
I watched the tall ships come.
For forty thou­sand years
I’ve been the first Australian.

I came upon the prison ship,
bowed down by iron chains.
I bought the land, en­dured the lash,
and waited for the rains.
I’m a set­tler, I’m a farmer’s wife,
on a dry and barren run.
A con­vict, then a free man.
I be­came Australian.

I’m the daughter of a digger
who sought the mother lode.
The girl be­came a woman
on the long and dusty road.
I’m a child of the Depression,
I saw the good times come.
I’m a bushie, I’m a battler.
I am Australian.

We are one, but we are many
and from all the lands on earth, we come
We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice,
“I am, you are, we are Australian.”

I’m a teller of stories,
I’m a singer of songs.
I am Al­bert Namatjira
and I paint the ghostly gums.
I’m Clancy on his horse,
I’m Ned Kelly on the run,
I’m the one who waltzed Matilda.
I am Australian.

I’m the hot wind from the desert,
I’m the black soil of the plains.
I’m the moun­tains and the valleys,
I’m the drought and flooding rains.
I am the rock, I am the sky,
the rivers when they run.
The spirit of this great land.
I am Australian.

We are one, but we are many,
and from all the lands on earth, we come.
We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice,
“I am, you are, we are Australian.”

The song was written by Bruce Woodley of the Seekers and Dobe Newton of the Bushwackers in 1987. Its lyrics are filled with many his­toric and cul­tural ref­er­ences. Its pop­u­larity is such that there have been calls for it to be­come Aus­tralia’s na­tional an­them, no­tably in 2011 by former Vic­to­rian Pre­mier Jeff Ken­nett. (Wikipedia)

The vast con­ti­nent of Aus­tralia is burning on a scale never be­fore seen. The im­ages of the fires are a cross be­tween MAD MAX and ON THE BEACH with thou­sands driven onto beaches in a dull or­ange haze. Click To Tweet

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FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page of Hell on Earth ac­com­pa­nied the ar­ticle, “Aus­tralia Is Com­mit­ting Cli­mate Sui­cide.” Sub­ti­tled, “As record fires rage, the country’s leaders seem in­tent on sending it to its doom,” the opinion piece is by Aus­tralian nov­elist 

 

TaylorJones cartoon Australia fires 1000

Car­toon by Taylor Jones for Cagle Cartoons.

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