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Australia: Celeste Barber’s Call for Funds
The ecological catastrophe this tragedy represents is high. Indeed, it could have a long-term impact on Australia’s ecosystem. This year’s fires have been made worse by climate change and human actions. Though climate scientists have been talking about the devastating long-term consequences of climate change in Australia, the above article stated that the “Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in particular, has refused to connect the dots between Australia’s reliance on coal, its greenhouse gas emissions, the ongoing blazes, and the consequences for Australians.” The situation became so critical that breathing the air in Sydney was equivalent to smoking 37 cigarettes.
In the middle of this crisis, a famous Australian comedian, Celeste Barber, decided that she had enough and created a fundraising page on Facebook on 3 January. What she did not expect was the response to her call. Some 1.2 million people donated raising more than 32 million dollars and counting!
Other celebrities, including Elton John, Nicole Kidman and Pink, donated money. However, Celeste Barber also makes a political statement regarding the lack of awareness amongst Australian politicians about climate change, which explains her new motto: “Power to the people!”
If you want to contribute to the cause, click this link to Barber’s fundraising page.
It is also possible to donate to these local state fire services directly:
- NSW rural fire service
- QLD fire and rescue
- SA country fire service
- VIC country fire authority
- Western Australia
A statement about the 480 million animals killed in NSW bushfires since September, 3 January, University of Sydney.
Australia fires: death toll rises and six people missing as PM calls in military, 3 January, The Guardian.
7 things everyone should know about Australia’s wildfire disaster, 8 January, The Vox
Wildfires Are Obliterating Australia’s Iconic Ecosystems, 8 January, Wired