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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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