Australia continues to battle serious bushfires across multiple regions, struggling to save as many homes, animals, people, and areas as possible.
The world cannot stop grieving after seeing heart-wrenching images and videos of burnt animals in the bushfires, and experts claim that the crisis is a warning to the entire world.
There are currently at least 146 fires burning across the country, and only 65 of them have been successfully contained.
The other fires are spreading rapidly, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) reported that around 2,700 firefighters are doing their best to extinguish them.
As of Saturday, the deadly fire crisis has killed over 23 people, burned more than 12 million acres of land, and caused the death of almost half a billion birds, mammals, and reptiles.
Authorities have urged tens of thousands of people to evacuate from their homes and move to safer areas, and the region of Victoria has declared a state of disaster in areas that are home to about 100,000 people.
A recent image of the apocalyptic skies in Australia has shocked the world.
Namely, the photo taken by Rose Fletcher from southern Australia, reveals the country’s sky looking just like the Australian Aboriginal Flag.
Fletcher captured it at Victor Harbour, and as soon as she posted it, people started sharing it, along with her comment:
“When this happened, I was feeling hopeless, all the fires, and there between the sunrise and me, a giant pall of smoke over the Southern Ocean – and then that few seconds I could capture.”
She later explained:
“It was taken on New Year’s Day, just after sunrise, when the fires were arguably at their worst, and hearts were heavy and people were frightened—me included.
The rising sun was just a pale disc behind the layers of smoke over the Southern Ocean—and then, for just a few magic seconds, as it moved up through successively dense layers, it formed the Aboriginal flag.”
Yet when she realized the power of the scene, she went home, and posted it on Facebook. She hoped that “ those moments would speak to other people as they spoke to me, and the rest is history.”
The photo went viral, with over 11 K people sharing it.
One user stated that it is a sign that their “ ancestors are saying something” and another added:
“Says it all really, Aboriginal people looked after the land. Shame on our government in Australia.”
A third person said:
“Rose’s photo is very relevant in this fire-ravaged nation. It should be seen by millions, including the climate denialists in industry and Canberra.
“May your magnificent image act as an agent of change. All the best to you and yours and this country, for the 2020s.”
According to the Australian Museum, the Australian Aboriginal Flag is “divided horizontally into equal halves of black (top) and red (bottom), with a yellow circle in the center.”
The black stands for the indigenous population of Australia, the red symbolizes the relationship between the earth and the original people of the continent, and also stands for ochre, the naturally red clay used in Aboriginal ceremonies. The yellow is a symbol of the sun as a source of life.
Designed by Harold Joseph Thomas, the flag was first flown at Victoria Square, Adelaide, on National Aborigines Day on 12 July 1971.
Fletcher has been amazed by the “magnificent response from ordinary people” across the world to her photo, and added:
“I relinquish all claim to it, please share it. I’m overwhelmed by the response, and thankful to every person who has passed it on to others.”
“Stunning photograph shows bushfire smoke turning the Australian sky into a re-creation of the Aboriginal flag” https://t.co/UOjfC6uwkf Ponder: had we not killed loads of Aboriginals, AND learned their bush management wisdom, we might not have had such a terrible time as now. pic.twitter.com/o0r8mEjRiR
— Alex Rowan (@AleksanderRowan) January 5, 2020