I am horrified by the effect the bushfires have had on human wellbeing and the cost to wildlife. The tardy response of the Australian Government is inexcusable. I have just emailed my member of Parliament (UK) to ask the UK Government to bring pressure on the Australian Government to deal more effectively with the problem and to send whatever equipment and assistance we have to help. Can I urge all European and American based authors to do the same please. These fires are a problem to us all in that they are damaging the environment but are a problem to which we have all contributed via climate change. I hope this post does not cause offence to TES or anyone else for that matter. Please email now. My thoughts are with those affected in Australia.