All The Ways You Can Help The Australian Bushfires

Practical things you can actually do to feel less helpless.

Social media has been overwhelmed the past few days with images from the bushfires currently raging in Australia.

The fires have been burning on the continent for months but in recent days the emergency has escalated further with temperatures reaching 48.9 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

It is estimated that over half a billion animals have lost their lives as well as 23 people confirmed dead and many more reported missing.

Many of our favourite influencers and celebrities have been actively posting about the disaster online and encouraging people to donate to charity to help those affected.

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#repost @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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After having had the chance to film a special episode of @queereye in Yass, Australia in 2018 I fell in love. My heart has been broken these last days watching the situation deteriorate there. The people, animals, and spirit of Australia is so beautifully unique & seeing how much everyone has banded together to help is major especially @celestebarber and everything shes has done to raise funds for her country in this crisis. Go to the link in my bio & donate to @celestebarber Australia fundraiser & if you’re in a position to donate anything that would be a very much appreciated. It’s estimated over 480 MILLION animals are dead & as fires are continuing to grow. They will surly need all the support they can get 🏳️‍🌈

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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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When an emergency like this strikes it can feel overwhelming as we want to do something positive but feel helpless. One of the ways you can help is by donating to one of the many charities helping to fight the fires.

Many of the fires are blazing in rural areas with local firefighters working hard to combat the flames. You can donate to them here.

You can donate to the Australian Red Cross which is helping to support both people and animals being evacuated from areas affected. Donate here.

Donate to Salvation Army Australia which is helping to support families made homeless as a result of the fires. Donate here.

As mentioned, it is estimated that over half a billion animals have died so far in the disaster. Donate here to Wires who help to rescue animals in danger.

You can help Food Bank Australia which is supporting those in evacuation centres with food and water supplies. Donate here.

There have been countless images and videos of thirsty and injured koalas desperately escaping the high temperatures, which are heartbreaking to look at. Support the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital through this GoFund me page. Donate here.

There is no need to feel pressured into donating a large sum of money, even skipping your Monday morning latte to donate instead is a positive step in the right direction.

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