12.11.19

How You Can Support The Bushfire Emergency & Relief Effort

Kira Simpson

More than 60 fires burn through NSW and 45 in Queensland.

1 million hectares of land have been scorched across NSW this fire season so far – almost more than the last three fire seasons combined. Three people have died, hundreds have lost their homes, countless animals have died, been injured and left homeless. Our home is literally, burning.

As these devastating bushfires tear through NSW and Queensland many of us are feeling pretty helpless right now. Here’s what you can do to help.

Thank you @stoll_photography for capturing this crisis.

NSW Bushfires Martin Von Stoll

Donate to:

The Rural Fire Service @nswrfs  – Support the people on the frontline fighting these fires – Donate here

WIRES Emergency Fund @wireswildliferescue – Many of WIRES volunteer rescuers and carers are inundated with animals and are stretched with their already limited resources. – Donate here

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital – There are fears as many as 350 koalas have perished and any surviving koalas will be brought here for assessment and treatment.  – Donate here

GIVIT Goods For Good Causes @GIVIT –  They’re coordinating donations and goods for Queenslanders affected by the fires – Donate here

If you have any to add to this please share in the comments.

Get activist

Scott Morrison has ignored some pretty clear warnings and attempts to meet with former fire chiefs and emergency leaders so @fuckgiver has launched a campaign to get @scottmorrisonmp to give a shit and give more than his “thoughts and prayers” to what’s happening right now – as fires spread throughout the country – releasing even more carbon we can’t afford to pump into the atmosphere. You can add your voice to this message by taking two simple steps:

Learn

Both Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said we should not be talking about climate change, instead showing compassion for the people affected by the fires. The link between rising greenhouse gas emissions and increased bushfire risk is complex but the science is clear. Climate change is making a bad situation so much worse. We absolutely need to be talking about climate change right now. If politicians want to show compassion for the victims of bushfires, they should talk about the link to climate change and what needs to be done (like not approving a giant coal mine for starters). If you’re a little unsure of the links – the below articles are great explainers.

@theguardian – What are the links between climate change and bushfires?

@abcnews_au – The causes of unprecedented bushfires are complex but climate change is part of the puzzle

@theconversationau – Climate change is bringing a new world of bushfires

@sbs_australia – Scientists say the NSW mega-fires are linked to climate change. Here’s why

NSW Gov –  Understanding bushfires

 

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is a sustainability activist, climate optimist and founder, and editor of The Green Hub. Her own sustainable living journey began five years ago when she realised our choices matter. What we eat, where we shop, what we wear, how we live, these choices have the power to shape the kind of world we want to live in. Since launching The Green Hub in 2016 she has grown the blog to become a platform for sustainable fashion and conscious living helping people make lifestyle choices which are kinder to the planet.