In The Face Of Tragedy, This Is The Time To Help Australia
As unprecedented bushfires rage through Australia, it’s easy to feel hopeless. The scale of the destruction, the loss of animals, the mounting death toll — there is so much to process, to grieve, to absorb. Though it’s easy to freeze when faced with the enormity of it all, it’s crucial to remember that there’s so much you can do to help Australia right now.
Donating to the evacuation and recovery centres is key, as is helping wildlife funds — give widely and generously. Many of the largest charities are on site and you can donate to the Australian Red Cross and the recovery centres they are running for victims. Salvation Army Australia and the St. Vincent de Paul Society Australia are also doing their best to help families in need of shelter — and to help them start to put their lives back together.
Of course, it’s important to remember those so bravely plunging themselves into the depths of these fires, as well as those who have tragically passed in the process. There are some funds specifically for the families of firefighters who have passed away that are accepting donations.
I know it’s tough to watch this all unfold & feel helpless. I know a lot of people want to get stuck in & lend a hand. But it's important to remember that the emergency relief effort is being run by experienced organisations – & they don't have space to sort or store donations.
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) January 5, 2020
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A little 3D visualisation of the fires in Aus. This is made from data from NASA’s FIRMS (Satellite data regarding fires) between 05/12/19 – 05/01/20. These are all the areas which have been affected by bushfires. Scale is a little exaggerated due to the render’s glow. Also note that not all the areas are still burning. _ #bushfires #render #visualisation #data #3d #australia #climatechange #disaster #fire #infographic #cinema4d #graphic #nasa
It’s currently unclear how many animals have died in the fires, but some estimates put the figure at around half a billion. Certains areas have seen their animal populations completed devastated — and we won’t understand the full depth of this loss for a long while to come. You can give money to WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue nonprofit, as well as verified GoFundMe accounts set up for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
In the face of devastation so huge, its easy to buckle trying to absorb and understand the enormity of what has been lost. It’s also easy to feel small, too small and too futile. But this is the time to act. Keep Australia in your hearts and in the news cycle, keep sharing and keep donating. It’s a start.