Notes from the Fire Siege 3

[After some cooling and rain things have calmed down in general. But today is another heatwave day with strong winds, raised dust and red-level fire emergencies have broken out again. Here we are still on yellow level of ‘Watch and Act’ at the moment, waiting if this will change to emergency, too-late-to-leave red level, in which case it’s pack the bags again and evacuate early. The choppers are flying overhead as I write. The photo, by Ben Esposito, is from the nearby Buddhist Sunnataram Forest Monastery, about 8 km from us. The monastery itself was saved by the valiant local volunteer firies, the true selfless Boddhisattvas, as the monks themselves noted.]

Notes from the Fire Siege 3

Now even weather poses unsolvable moral dilemmas: wishing the wind to blow another way is wishing someone else cops it.

General excellence of the combination of grassroots voluntarism and the state’s organisation of its fire-fighting response.

Is this excellence perhaps also a practical demonstration of the realistic feasibility of a rational, planned, organised response to our total climate and eco-emergency, i.e. as energy descent and participatory eco-socialism?

We are all responsible for climate crisis, but some infinitely much more than others: economic and political order-givers, marketing mind-manipulators, corporate media obfuscators and the global mega-rich. Consumerism, Capitalism, ‘Communism’, all kill.

Fossil-fuel, mining companies, enabling banks have donated risible amounts of their blood money to recovery. Ultimately most responsible, they should be massively levied for billions.

With a few laudable exceptions, almost all state recovery monies are to smooth the way back to the very fossil-fuelled business-as-usual that led to the disaster.

Even pacifists can now be happy: deployed, finally the army is doing something useful and life-enhancing.

The forty billion dollar defence budget could buy an awful lot of water bombers.

In this new war, how quickly one becomes used to the sound of water-bombing helicopters overhead, that rare breed of bomber one feels like waving to.

The catastrophe as a failure, and de-masking, of both ‘democracy’ and capitalist business-as-usual. Can such a narrative framing now convince larger numbers than before? Unlikely, but who knows.

This may be Australia’s Chernobyl moment. Will we now push for our own perestroika and glasnost, then stop the tanks of the fossil fool reactionaries from rolling back our revolution?

Weather and fire apps are our new oracles in this end-time Ragnarök. When blue shifts to yellow, time to get nervous, yellow to red, time to leave.

Looking out of the window during 35 degree heat: is that dust or smoke or just my cataracts getting worse?

~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on January 23, 2020.

3 Responses to “Notes from the Fire Siege 3”

  1. damnit peter…the relentless waiting for this catastrophe to be over must be so draining…mentally and physically…
    one can hope all the catastrophic dots will be connected…
    and minds opened to just transitions…

  2. Thanks Kristi, yep is a bit draining, only another two months or so one would hope, but nice head-in-book escapism helps personally maintain a little equanimity… Happen to be reading Sinclair Lewis’ novel ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ from the Depression era 30s, and boy are there some uncanny parallels to buffoon fascist Trump there…

  3. nothing like escaping into a good book..!
    i’ll put that one on my list too…

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