Australia has been experiencing its worst bushfires on record, with 15.6 million acres of the continent being burnt since September. The devastating Australian fires have killed at least 25 people and destroyed almost 2,000 homes while the loss of land and biodiversity is harder to fathom with the estimated death of one billion animals and permanent damage to the sensitive ecosystem. Reports state that the fires will continue even into later this week as hot and windy conditions persist. Below is everything you need to know about the
Here’s What You Need to Know About the Australian Fires
The fires broke out during a record-breaking heatwave. The fires are affecting the southeast states like New South Wales and Victoria. The southeast is the most severely affected but they’ve hit every state this season. This is Australia’s hottest and dryest summer on record and much of the heat was accompanied by wind which is assumed to have amplified the fires.
Millions of plants and animals are in danger. Before the fires, its great diversity of life was already threatened due to invasive species, habitat destruction, and climate change. Now, ecologists are fearing severe ecological consequences from so much land being burnt at once. This is a crisis for biodiversity in Australia, which is home to some of Earth’s most distinctive animals, like marsupials.
You can help the Australian Fires
Australia needs us and there are ways that you can help!
- If you’re in Australia, Givit has a list of specific items needed by people and organizations affected by the bushfires.
- People with emergency response training can sign up to volunteer in Queensland.
- The World Wildlife Fund is collecting donations to restore habitats for koalas impacted by the fires.
- You can donate to the Australian Red Cross’s fire recovery and relief fund.
- You can also donate directly to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, the Country Fire Service Foundation in South Australia, and the Country Fire Authority in Victoria.
My heart goes out to those affected by the Australian wildfires. Let’s all do a little something to help today!