The devastating scenes and statistics coming out of Australia are truly heartbreaking. Since September, massive bushfires have killed 27 people and, it’s estimated, over one billion animals.
More than 8.4 million hectares of land have burned along with more than 2,000 homes, family farms and local business. Thousands of firefighters, most of them unpaid volunteers, are battling the flames daily and the military has been called in to help. Insurance claims of $700 million (AUD) have already been filed.
These numbers are going up by the day.
When watching this kind of suffering and destruction, on such a massive scale and from thousands of miles away, it is natural to feel despair and paralysis. Or to turn away from the headlines and the images because it’s too painful to watch and not be able to help.
But we’re not powerless. We can make a difference.
We can bear witness to what is happening, standing in solidarity with those on the frontlines. We can use social media to share reputable information about what is happening and why.
We can donate to the relief effort, supporting the people and organisations on the ground making a difference and helping people who have lost everything rebuild.
We can look at our own lifestyle choices and make changes in what we eat, how we consume energy and what type we use, how we spend our money and the relationship we have with the planet.
We can hold our leaders accountable and demand concrete action on climate change, because what happens on one side of the planet impacts us all. We’re all in this together.
Help By Making a Donation
For General Donations
Donate to Earth Alliance’s Australia Wildfire Fund to help those directly affected by the bushfires. According to the website, the money raised will go to assist firefighters, help local communities, rescue wildlife and help restore ecosystems once the fires have stopped.
Support the Firefighters
Help People Impacted by the Bushfires
Help Save the Wildlife
Support Local Businesses
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