Australian Fires: What We Know and How You Can Help
By now you have probably seen the horrific pictures coming out of Australia as the country is quite literally on fire. The devastating fires have been burning since September with no signs of ending and the loss is catastrophic.
Currently about 12.35 million acres have burned, more than 1,400 homes have been destroyed and at least 23 people have lost their lives. Worse still is the loss of an estimated half a billion, ( that's billion with a B), wild animals that have perished in the fires. There are about 100 blazes still active and firefighters, mostly volunteer, are fighting a losing battle.
Scientist believe that these fires threaten to reshape Australia’s ecology even in places where plants and animals have adapted to yearly fires, noting that fires are seasonally typical in the region. With the tragedy unfolding before the eyes of the world, many are wondering how they can help aid Australia in their time of need.
Donations can be made to the Australian Red Cross, which is supporting thousands of people in evacuation and recovery centers across the country and is a perfect place to start being reputable provider of crisis aid as is the Salvation Army Australia. The Salvation Army is providing meals and support to evacuees and first responders in multiple locations.
With the viral videos and picture of the injured and scared animals such as koalas and kangaroos tugging at the heartstrings of so many, inquiries are being made as how to help aid Australia's wildlife. Donations can be made to WIRES, a wildlife rescue nonprofit that is rescuing and caring for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned native animals. Also, the World Wildlife Fund Australia, which is directing its efforts towards koala conservation.
At this point there are entire towns that have evacuated to the shores and volunteer firefighters have left their families and normal jobs behind to try and fight the fires. Any assistance from around the globe is greatly appreciated and much needed. Prayers would help as well.