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The Dialogic Learning Weekly #156

Welcome to a new decade and to the first edition of the Dialogic Learning Weekly newsletter for 2020.
The Dialogic Learning Weekly
The Dialogic Learning Weekly #156
By Tom Barrett • Issue #156 • View online
Welcome to a new decade and to the first edition of the Dialogic Learning Weekly newsletter for 2020. I want to set aside some of the normal topics I share to address the bushfires here in Australia.
I know many of you don’t live here in Australia but would have seen a range of media coverage over the last few months. It is important that platforms like this newsletter help share accurate information that help you understand the reality of what is happening.
It has been raining here in Melbourne over the last few days, but despite the conditions easing somewhat, there are still active fires across the country. The relief effort continues and support for communities is still needed.
That said, Australia is open for business.
I hope that some of the articles below help you better understand the situation here in Australia - be sure to have a look at some of the links to how you can support the relief effort.

Australia at 1°C warming
This summary of the situation from Kai Brach back in early January is a powerful article capturing some of the coverage at that time.
“How bad is it really?” The news about the catastrophic bushfires ravaging Australia in the last few months have finally reached friends and family overseas. But the extent of what’s really happening here does not come across in a thirty-second news segment.
Here is another snippet from Kai’s article
While I hear from family and friends in Europe and the US that the bushfires in Australia have gained some attention internationally, the press coverage doesn’t show the catastrophic extent of what’s actually happening here. Disturbingly, it seems that especially in the US, main stream media fails to connect these fires to climate change.
The new reality: this is Australia at 1°C warming
We’re all in this together
Jason Fox also spends some time in his museletter exploring the bushfire crisis in Australia. Jason explores some of the ways we respond to crisis and also the notion of antifragility that we have discussed here before.
Normally, the Australian fires are a terrific example of antifragility. Many of our ecosystems have evolved to benefit from fire (as a form of regeneration)—fires clear the way for new growth to occur. (An apt metaphor for personal development, perhaps.) But this is different: these fires are many orders of magnitude greater than any other fire in recent history (burning more land than the Amazon and Californian fires combined). Many of our ecosystems will never recover. Or rather, they will: but in a way that is much reduced (thus supporting much less diversity of life).
A Romantic Response to Crisis? - The Museletter
Dragon's breath
Finally a powerful account from the firegrounds of Kangaroo Island in South Australia, by National Geographic reporter Kennedy Warne.
I walk across the tarmac and feel the dragon’s breath on my neck and scalp. The temperature is 99°F, and in two hours it will reach 106. The sky has the faded look of an atmosphere drained of moisture. A taxi takes me through the city’s outer suburbs into the country. A road sign points to a “bushfire last resort refuge.” The message is no exaggeration. 
60 hours on Kangaroo Island: A reporter's diary documenting wildlife destruction
I will leave you with a message from Kangaroo Island’s official Instagram page, which, in a way, speaks for most of the country:

  1. We are ok, we will be ok. Our community of farmers and businesses are resilient.
  2. Our beautiful bushland and wildlife will recover, and it will be amazing to watch. There are already amazing stories we will share.
  3. We would love to see you soon. Don’t be surprised at all if a random stranger hugs you… because we all feel like hugging someone.
~ Tom 
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