Aboriginal practices should not be romanticized. There is evidence that it actually had severe environmental impacts, in particular shortening Australia's monsoon season and lengthen the dry season: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2011/06/did-australian-abori.... There is also evidence that they caused the extinction of the Australian megafauna: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-humans-climate-australian-mega....
A massive part of Australian forests have already burned too, they don't regrow out of nothing, and they are the only thing keeping deserts at bay in many cases.
What's the name of the fallacy where you dismiss something that has has been successful for centuries or more just because it doesn't have a Latin/Greek-derived name granted by a European?
There is no evidentiary record of this being "successful for centuries." After all, there are no written records.
On the face of it, if you start a fire in a bushland which is 100s of kilometres in breadth, how are Aboriginal people going to communicate and control such a blaze? They don't have access to:
- water pumps
There's some mythmaking going on at the moment in Australia about this.
I find it hard to take the claims at face value.
I bet that Ice age survivor Europeans were perfectly aware of fire and all its possible uses, a few thousands of years before 1606.
The idea of Australian aborigins teaching Europeans about how to use fire in that new thing called agriculture is very funny.
Climate change means it's getting more and more difficult to carry out these type of controlled burns for forest management in general. Our fire seasons are longer, hotter, drier and more dangerous, and these types of burns can and do get out of control.
Of course some fires are still needed, e.g. to trigger fire-dependant seeds.
Not at the scale that'd be needed. Clearing underbrush is a labor-intensive process, and the amount of it involved is staggering.
120+ million hectares, equivalent to three times the size of California !
Doing this manually would be far too time consuming.
A lack of controlled burns leads to a buildup of dead wood and underbrush so when there eventually is a fire, it becomes the raging out of control bushfires going on in Australia right now, or in California not long ago, or in BC not long before that.