Australian Bushfires - 4 Ways to Help
As we enter 2020 the signs of global warming couldn't be any more evident - our country is burning. A state of disaster has been declared in parts of Victoria, and a state of emergency declared in NSW.
With 4.6 million acres of land lost, 17 people killed, 900 homes lost, millions of wildlife feared dead and smoke polluting many parts of the country we’ve outlined all the ways you can help.
1. Make Politicians Accountable
An ongoing petition from www.change.org, emphasises that this disaster needs a bigger presence and on another level: a national emergency. This petition calls Morrison to declare a state of national emergency and start a movement for actionable change to prevent bushfires.
2. Donate to those on the Ground
To more directly help you can send financial support to organisations fighting the fires or helping provide aid to victims such as the following:
Victoria Country Fire Association
Donations supporting the efforts of Victorian firefighters on the frontline.
NSW Rural Fire Service
The fire service is accepting donations to go to the families of volunteer firefighters killed in the fires.
Support the NSW Rural Fire Service
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
This fund is operated by local volunteers for Gippsland communities affected by natural disaster events.
Donations can be made via Paypal at gerf.org.au, at any branch of the NAB across Australia.
3. Support Families Affected
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross has launched a joint disaster appeal with the ABC to support the communities affected by fires.
Donate to the Red Cross
St Vincent De Pauls
The society is accepting donations for the evictees to go towards the likes of food, clothing, furniture for these families.
Donate to Vinnies
Accepting donations to provide food for those displaced and emergency responders on the frontline.
Support helps provide food, groceries, and water for those affected.
4. Help Protect Wildlife
It is estimated so far half a billion plants and animals have died in the fires. Here are some ways you can support the wildlife affected.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
All money raised will be directed to the Wildlife Water Drinking Stations project and the establishment of the world’s first, Wild Koala Breeding Program.
Donate to the Koala Hospital
Donations to Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service help the NSW wildlife victims.
Donate to WIRES
The organisation has put together advice on how to support wildlife.
Donations help to keep inspectors on the road responding to emergencies and assisting animals in need.
Image courtesy of Beci Orpin