Gondwana Burning

Reflecting on a black summer

Australia’s 2019-2020 “Black Summer” saw bushfires burn 5.5 million hectares of habitat in NSW, including over 50% of gazetted World Heritage Gondwana rainforests. It is predicted that Climate Change will make “unprecedented” events like this more common. What does this mean for these ecosystems? What do we know about rainforest flora and fauna responses to fire? Can they adapt? Or are we living through an extinction cascade in our lifetimes?

Join local ecologist Mark Graham; botanist and Terania Creek blockade veteran Nan Nicholson; Gumbaynggirr/ Bundjalung knowledge-holder Michael Jarrett, science communicator and author Anastasia Guise, and Sydney Morning Herald environmental reporter Peter Hannam, for a warm-to-hot conversation on the Gondwana rainforests, science communication, and ecological grief