Nessie Leishman

Volunteer Firefighter, Wytaliba, NSW

Published 5th October 2021

You can’t ignore and deny the effect climate change is having on the whole of Australia.

There have been lots of factors building for a long time now.
To see what I saw was just insane... There was just fire everywhere. The wind was on fire! It was so intense.

"It makes me pretty angry so much inaction is happening around climate change. But the resilience in our community has been so incredibly strong."

Nessie Leishman

Volunteer Firefighter, Wytaliba, NSW

I'd seen such a horrible drought that I never thought would end... Then the fires that were worsened by the lack of moisture, then extreme flash flooding.

I’ve experienced these things first-hand and it would be stupid not to try to speak up about it.
Everyone has come together in every new challenge we face. Tough times really show how strong we are.

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