Here’s A List Of Ways You Can Help Support Those Affected By Australia’s ‘Catastrophic’ Bushfires
Bushfires continue to rage across NSW, Qld, WA and SA today in one of the most extreme natural emergencies we’ve had in Australia in recent years.
As the ABC has it, 50 homes were damaged and destroyed in NSW yesterday, bringing the total number of homes affected by fires across the state to more than 200 over the past week. Things are very bleak in Qld too. 14 homes have already been lost in Qld and firefighters are facing incredibly tough conditions today as well. 21 people were injured yesterday, including 13 firefighters – one firefighter even suffered a suspected heart attack after battling the blazes - and the death toll remains at three, with others still unaccounted for.
Here’s how you can help support those affected by Australia’s bushfire emergency right now
First up, let's run through the key ways you can help support firefighters, locals and wildlife affected by the Aussie bushfires...
Donating to the NSW Rural Fire Service helps to sustain the efforts of the NSW firefighters, who rely on volunteers and contributions from the public. You can donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service here.
Donating to The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal not only helps those affected by the bushfires right now through supplying meals, water and clothing, but also in the months and years to come. The Salvos’ funds are dedicated to helping those affected communities get back on their feet, however long it takes – you can donate to the appeal here.
Australia’s wildlife is critically affected by the bushfires. The Koala Hospital Fundraiser helps to provide koalas and other wildlife with automatic water drinking stations in affected areas, and cares for koalas that are suffering from burns and smoke inhalation – donate to the hospital here.
For more on how you can help those affected by the Aussie fires, please head here.
These images show the widespread devastation caused by the fires as they blaze across the country
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This is Sooty. He was caught in the #bushfires near Taree, NSW and is now being nursed back to health by Christeen and Paul McLeod, who run Koalas In Care. #abc730 #AustraliaFires @nadiasdaly pic.twitter.com/P6HFJItQ3g
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Just to put in perspective how bad this is.
When the amazon rainforest went up in flames it burnt 125,000 hectares. Australia so far has lost 970,000 hectares, and its only going to get worse
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"Please listen, Prime Minister"
To say that people have been disappointed by the Government’s response to the bushfires would be an understatement. Many are criticising ScoMo’s Govt for a lack of action on climate change, which is proven to indisputably worsen the impact of these fires. People are also fuming that the Govt has previously ignored pleas from the experts to set up a more cohesive national response to natural disasters, despite knowing the dangers that were heading our way.
Former state fire commissioner and Climate Council member, Greg Mullins, told the ABC’s 7.30 Report last week that he had been trying to warn the Govt for months about the dangers of climate change on bushfires and the catastrophic consequences of not being prepared for this bushfire season, but his concerns fell on deaf ears. “Climate change is real,” Greg said. “It’s making it a more dangerous planet for everybody, but particularly in Australia - there needs to be a national response. You had 23 experts willing to sit down with the PM [six months ago] and come up with solutions but he just fobbed us off.”
For up-to-date information on the bushfires and the affected areas, please head to nsw & qld's rural fire service website. you can also check the abc’s live blog, which is updating coverage as it happens. Keep safe.
Main Image Credit: Photo by Peter Parks via Getty
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