AQ: Australian Quarterly
Embracing the Complexity of Bushfire in the Pyrocene
The Earth has been on fire for 400 million years. Fire is a part of our cuisine, our language, our psyche, and our culture, but it does not mean that our relationship with the phenomenon is fixed. In fact, the changes wrought by our own development and industry have changed our relationship with fire. It's not simply that climate-change is shifting the carbon cycle, or that our populations and land use have altered the interface between fire and humans…it's more complicated than that.