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Lisa Sorgini – The Bushfire, the Flood and the Virus

Stories 2022 Shortlist

By July 7, 2022Stories 2022

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Several unimaginable and devastating disasters have converged in my immediate community during the last couple of years, the beginning of which also coincided with the birth of my second son.

The first month of 2020 was marked by the continuation of a devastating bushfire season along the east coast of Australia, now colloquially known as ‘Black Summer’. A couple of months later COVID-19 arrived in Australia and  the beginnings of the global pandemic.

In February 2022 unprecedented flooding exceeded all previously existing records and completely devastated multiple Northern Rivers communities, creating almost unfathomable damage and destruction.

As a mother the main objective of care is to keep my children safe, yet these events activated an almost ever-present sense of fight or flight, the balance of despairing at the devastation but still outwardly remaining positive for my children and the state of the world I brought them into has never been so arduous to maintain.

Looking to nature and my children themselves as the very antidote to such turbulent circumstances this work also begs the question of where we look to for hope when our usual sources disappear and how we foster positivity and navigate our future in an uncertain world.

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