Part 2 of a three-part series. Listen to part one first at www.climactic.fm/103
In December, as this intense summer got into full swing, most of the country dried out. Drought held tight in western Queensland, Perth swooned through a series of record breaking heatwaves, and then the south-east and west caught fire with powerful implications for human life, livestock, native animals, plants, and our landscape.
In the Hot Summer Land project RN Earshot and ABC Open teamed up to ask our audience—you—to paint us a word picture of how your landscape changed over the three months of summer.
You posted over 200 evocative stories from around the country. Some of these were chosen to be part of a three part series, tracking the impact of summer as we lived it.
In part two we use some of these stories to show how fire attacked the southern part of the country, and how the bush and the community responded.
Stories in this program are from:
David Barton - First fire of the season
Polly Musgrove - October garden
Captain Steve Warrington
Deputy Chief Officer of the Victorian Country Fire Authority
Professor David Lindenmayer
Professor, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Dr Andrew Watkins
Supervisor, Climate Prediction Services at the Bureau of Meteorology
Captain Leigh Pilkington
Deputy Group Captain for the Gosford district of the NSW Fire Brigade.
Professor David Bowman
Professor of Environmental Change, at the University of Tasmania
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