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Another Hot Day in Australia

David Ma*

When the weather gets too hot for even a koala to bear, the going gets tough down under. There’s a danger of heat stroke and dehydration, but also of bush fires and your car breaking down. It’s easy to see the problems Australians face each day out there in the hot sun. A simple mental juxtaposition with roast chicken suffices to bring to mind the challenges associated with the rising heights of mercury in Australia.

But it’s not all doom and gloom in the Aussie cauldron, however. When it’s bubbling and troubling outside, you will always find Australians doing what they excel at: making the best of the rugged environment given to them. When it’s hot, Australians make it a time to go for an evening stroll, letting the cooler nights linger on their backs. It’s a change from our usual winter habits when we’d all be bundled up indoors at night. Summer is also the time for us to go enjoy the beach, get a tan, and have fun in the surf and sand. It’s a time when we like to talk about the weather, and have deep meaningful conversations about the heat. More than anything else, the weather brings people together in Australia, rather than separating us. That is one thing about climate change: the more it puts the Earth in disarray, the greater its potential to bring people together for a single purpose and cause. Global climate change, the phenomenon that is sweeping the world off its feet in alarm, is bringing us closer towards having a common purpose of saving the Earth for future generations. It is helping us sow the seeds of great international relationships and setting the stage for new international agreements to be erected. It is pushing countries to get past their old policy banners to take new stances on controlling carbon emissions and pollution. We cannot ignore the effects of global climate change and how it has already started to change our weather patterns just within a few years. Things are clearly different now. People in many parts of the world don’t remember it being so hot ever before. And perhaps now, what people will remember and talk about is what they are going to do to stop global warming. Then in the future, they can recall fondly not only what they did on those hot Sundays at the beach, but also what they did to prevent the temperatures from rising further. They can share stories about how we all survived as if we had erupted triumphant from the fires of hell.

As I write this, it is hot today. Smoldering hot, in fact. But trouble doesn’t brew in this cauldron. Only the taste of summer roast chicken, cool punch, and the smell of the beach.


*David Ma is a student of University of New South Wales, Australia, and a member of C:F community.


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Maggie Peng

Maggie Peng

Feels like I'm smelling the roast chicken and the cool punch already. :)

26th August, 2010 @ 7:53 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

I like that weather bring people together in Australis... I like the approach of David...
He is appreciating change.. Meaning of these 2 words is very deep.. :)

21st October, 2010 @ 10:39 AM CEST

Dharmesh Bhadja

Dharmesh Bhadja | Action team

@ jatin... yes to appreciate the change is to bring the change.

as sir Peter Druker already referred best way to anticipate the future is to create it. and what i am trying to tell that best way to create the future is to appreciate the reality and the only reality is the change...

i appreciate the awareness and quick steps of Australians... thanks David to share and bring the awareness...

28th October, 2010 @ 7:27 PM CEST

Harshit Kachchhi

Harshit Kachchhi

Hey David,

it's really nice that you take the change in the climate positively.

Positivity is really necessary to excel in every facets of the life....

But let's not pray for global warming to bring the people together as it will just destroy the world itself, otherwise the world without people it would be ;)

14th November, 2010 @ 5:44 PM CEST



Although I haven't travel as far as Australia but am sure that if you could experience the hotness of my country's weather for just a week, you will quickly and quietly embrace yours. And its great that we don't have to experience just 1 weather all our lives. I Can't just imagine living all my life under rainy weather only.

Nice work man.

26th September, 2011 @ 6:40 PM CEST

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