It has been upsetting to hear about the bushfires that have been happening around Australia. In Melbourne I feel removed from the bushfires that have been happening, yet I have heard even in my state of Victoria the bushfires have been causing serious damage. I also recently heard the frequently documented statistic that millions of animals were burned in the fires, and this has now been updated to be closer to one billion. The situation has become dire and catastrophic. It was declared a 'state of disaster' in Victoria and a 'state of emergency' in New South Wales. There were other alarming statistics which demonstrated how bad the fires have been.