Tasmania

Feb 4, 2016

‘This is system collapse’: Tassie fires the beginning of the end

As fires ravage Tasmania's pristine areas, writer and Launceston bushwalking guide Bert Spinks mourns for the beautiful places that are no more.

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  1. Shane Sody

    Profoundly disturbing article. Thanks so much Bert for sharing your passion and heartache with us.

  2. Roger Clifton

    Keep up the poetry, it helps us to come to terms with what is happening. Paint futures for us, too, especially the expert’s visions from Dave Bowman.

  3. paddy

    Thanks for this account Bert. The few pictures of the devastation I’ve seen online, have been sad beyond words.
    This piece makes it just that much more real.

  4. mikeb

    “Cold, silence and solitude are conditions that tomorrow will become more valuable than gold”. Oh man those are the sentiments that are lost on so many people. Politicians and entrepreneurs and the uninformed keep arguing for development as if tourists want to drop by helicopter in the middle of a Tassie rain forest, have their 5 star dinner & wine, and then hop straight out again. Well probably a lot of them do – but then the wilderness is gone and Tassie has nothing unique to sell anymore. Short sighted to the extreme. How many real wildernesses still exist in the world? Bugger all. Bliss is sitting in a kayak on the Pieman River on a perfect clear cool day in winter. No sound, no pollution, no nothing, just nature.

  5. AR

    The view from the inside out for those of us in the cities looking on.

  6. Glen

    Not every summer Bert, but every El Niño summer. Those are common enough for the difference to be moot. Actually a few years gap will make things worse, because dumb humans fail to notice stuff that doesn’t happen every week / month / year.

  7. mikeb

    These things haven’t happened in previous summers, or previous el nino summers, or probably thousands of years for Tassie’s west coast wilderness area.

  8. Roger Clifton

    MikeB, these forests just don’t belong in a 2-degree hotter world. Their world has gone, and the forests as we know them are doomed to go too.

    We need to listen to experts like Dave Bowman to find out what we will end up with in this or that world. That is, if we can only stop the gases going into the greenhouse at a level of this or that equilibrium temperature.

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