Australia is currently experiencing the worst bushfires known to man.
While no strangers to bushfires, the current bushfires have claimed over 15.6 million acres, 24 human lives, and nearly 480 million wildlife animals. And, despite a short reprieve of rain as reported by NASA's satellites, the fires are not expected to weaken anytime soon. Prolonged drought and climate change are being blamed for the brushfires that are showing no signs of stopping.
The devastation is heartbreaking.
- A third of the home to many unique and endangered species, Kangaroo Island, has burned, and many are unsure about what is left of the island’s biodiversity.
- Visitors to the town of Mallacoota had to be rescued by the Australian Navy after warned to "walk into the ocean" if the intense heat and flames got too close.
- New Zealand’s glaciers have been coated with ash and the enigmatic orange skies from the fires have been seen as far as Chile.
And these are just the beginning of the countries problems.
Celebrities such as Chris Hemsworth and Rihanna have shared on their own social media about the sheer devastation across the continent.
- Aim for efforts that benefit indigenous communities often overlooked in disaster relief efforts. The Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities is a great place to start.
- The Port Macquerie Koala Hospital is accepting donations to help in the care of koalas affected by the fires
- The Australian Red Cross has a fire recovery and relief fund you could consider giving to.
- Give directly to Fire Fighting organizations, including the South Australia Country Fire Service Foundation, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, and the County Fire Authority in Victoria.
- Consider bringing awareness to the fires by sharing across your social media.