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The Australian bushfires: What can we do to help?

Australia has already lost more than two million hectares of land. And counting.

Savage bushfires continue to devastate the beautiful country of Australia. The homes and lives of the animals are being taken. The most heart-wrenching fact: it is estimated around 480 million animals have been killed, including 8,000 koalas. Officials fear that 30 per cent of the koala colony in New South Wales has been destroyed.  

The exact height of the damage is still unknown
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#Regram #RG @gretathunberg: Australia is on fire. And the summer there has only just begun. 2019 was a year of record heat and record drought. Today the temperature outside Sydney was 48,9°C. 500 million (!!) animals are estimated dead because of the bushfires. Over 20 people have died and thousands of homes have burned to ground. The fires have spewed 2/3 of the nations national annual CO2 emissions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The smoke has covered glaciers in distant New Zealand (!) making them warm and melt faster because of the albedo effect. And yet. All of this still has not resulted in any political action. Because we still fail to make the connection between the climate crisis and increased extreme weather events and nature disasters like the #AustraliaFires That has to change. And it has to change now. My thoughts are with the people of Australia and those affected by these devastating fires.

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Tens of thousands of people have also fled, with the human death toll reaching 17 on New Year's Day. The damage to the land is simply unthinkable. The fires are still ongoing and expected to get worse. We simply do not know the level of damage yet, but we should be expecting the worst. New Zealand are expecting this to hasten the destruction of their Glacier's, which were already disappearing to Global Warming. They have already turned black as a result of the fires. Not to mention the potential extinction of many animal species.

New South Wales has officially declared a state of emergency.

How can we help?

There are many different ways we can offer support:
  1. To help the New South Wales wildlife victims, you can donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES)
  2. The Australian Red Cross have launched a joint disaster appeal with the ABC to support the communities affected by fires, and have raised more than $2 million already
  3. The St Vincent De Paul Society is also running a bushfire appeal, to help those affected rebuild their lives with food, clothing, furniture, other essentials, and funds to pay bills
  4. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital have raised more than $2 million for the wildlife affected in that area. They are now sharing the funds with other wildlife organisations in the fire-affected regions across New South Wales, which you can donate to
Spread the word, because our media is failing to.

Another way in which we can help is to keep sharing, liking, and commenting on all media coverage for the bushfires. It is shameful that so few British media platforms are talking about the catastrophic events. Only the Guardian and Independent have offered any in-depth coverage. LadBible have also done brilliantly in spreading the news about the horrific impact that the bushfires have had on Koala's, by sharing a video of a woman bravely saving one. This koala sadly died later in hospital. By spreading the word, we can make sure we raise more awareness. Which means more support. Which means more donations. We must do our bit in this state of emergency, as it's our planet which will suffer the most.

Featured image: Mari_May/ Shutterstock

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