I am here in Adelaide and have many connections to KI through my brother who lived and kept bees there. The news is indeed very bad. Many hives were lost, many homes burned, a friend of mine lost his father and his brother. It was and is horrific and tragic. The West End was hit very hard- and that is where many beekeepers would have had hives in the magnificent ecologically diverse rich forest and scrubland. There are bees kept across the entire island and not all have been lost- I know of one beekeeper who’s property was largely spared and her hives are OK.
I can’t even begin to imagine the suffering of the animals on the Island- the place absolutely teems with wildlife.
Unfortunately in South Australia we have already cleared the vast majority of our natural woodlands- and KI is extremely important as it has some of the largest tracts of native flora and fauna left in our state. It truly is a magical unique and wonderful place. Given a chance- and given some rain- much will recover. However this will all happen again, and again, and again. This is Climate Change. It is too late now to avert it, the future will be all about doing whatever we can to mitigate and adapt to it.It will not be easy- and we already wasted so much time. Ignorance is no longer an option and cannot be tolerated: people have died, are dying and will die.
I feel that these fires are an absolute wake up call to all humanity. It is a taste of the future and I truly believe the entire world has turned on a dime these past few weeks. As Greta Thumberg said, “Change is coming. Whether you like it or not”. We must change- we can do it willingly- or we can wait until change is forced upon us. But things have changed.
Whatever starts a particular fire- the real problem is the heat trapped in the Earth’s system. Having been deep into the thick dense scrub and forest on KI- I understand fully that there is virtually nothing humans can do to stop a fire once the conditions for a fire are present. I think this article should put the fear of God into every one of us and galvanise us all to action:
This footage was filmed by a KI Beekeeper: