The fires across NSW are horrible, without a doubt. The images now in the news are the types of images I think about whenever I hear ambitious sequestration targets.
After all, the reason why we have more carbon in the atmosphere is not because we have taken it from the biosphere, but because we dug it up.
Fossil “fuel” is the true locked carbon and our activity adds it back to the system.
Sequestration only displaces atmospheric carbon into biomass. Biomass degrades, releasing that carbon to the system again.
Sometimes we are provided a powerful example of this process, such as bushfires.
Without returning it to a similar state to that it was found, that is, fossil carbon, or invent some other way to lock it in other carbon-rich compounds (that is, avoid natural sequestration and do it ourselves via other chemical processes), it remains with us cycling between the biosphere, atmosphere and ocean. Climate change is slowed, not stopped.
Which begs the question; why dig it up when we would need to spend as much energy to store it again? Nothing comes for free after all.