A billion animals is not a billion animals. A billion animals is one individual, and then another, and then another, and again another. In fire-ravaged Australia these last several months, they are the kangaroo succumbing to billowing flames and smoke.
In the media coverage of the Australian bushfires, which have so far burned 10 million hectares of land, few headlines have mentioned the suffering and deaths of cows, sheep and other farmed animals.
This summer, Australia’s unprecedented bushfires have given rise to seemingly unprecedented goodwill. There is no shortage of experts or funding, so where are we falling short?
The kind of bold and substantial social changes needed to deal with the climate crisis is an opening to create a more just world. That justice can, and should, extend to animals.
In October 2019, tens of thousands of people took part in Extinction Rebellion and Animal Rebellion protests, which has now sparked a continuing global movement. Jo photographed the London demonstrations.