Around the world among News media, Koala Bears have become the metaphor for the non human effects of Climate change.
"Koalas have also been listed as one of the top 10 animals to be listed as endangered by climate change, as the eucalyptus remaining to the animals has lowered in nutritional value due to higher CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. They are difficult animals to monitor, as in different regions throughout Australia their numbers are not necessarily dropping.... One alarming, but potentially very important, aspect of the study highlighted how higher temperatures and extreme weather are risky to koala safety. One quarter of the koalas followed by the researchers were whipped out by the heatwave that came before Australia’s Black Saturday bush fires in 2009." Emily Glass, One Green Planet
If one quarter of the Koala population was wiped out in the 2009 Black Saturday Fires in Victoria, imagine how many have been killed in the current fires burning throughout Australia in 2019. Some of these bushfires have been burning and moving since September.
"Because we still fail to make the connection between the climate crisis and increased extreme weather events and nature disasters like the #AustraliaFires. 'That's what has to change. Now." Greta Thunberg