It’s been almost a month since the Australian Bush fires, and attention from the devastation seems to be dwindling away.
The sad reality is, the heavy rain has helped to control some of the blazes, it’ still not over. Australia is only halfway through summer, and temperatures are still yet to peak. This means, there is still a high fire risk for the months.
The impact of the fire
The full impact of the historic fires is yet to be determined. However, it is believed that these wildfires unleashed about 900 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. To put this in perceptive, this is nearly double the country’s fossil fuel emissions, for a year.
Some of the emissions could be offset by forest regrowth. That being said, many researchers are worried that these devastating fires could accelerate the growing threat of climate change.
The physical impacts are perhaps the most striking. The fires sadly killed at least 33 people, and a staggering 1 billion animals are no estimated to have been killed.
The effects of smoke exposure and inhalation are also predicted to have serious effects. Premature death could be a result of air pollution, stemming from the fires.
The fires have also had countless agriculture impacts – by destroying crops and livestock. The recovery and regrowth of this are likely to put a strain on water resources, which is already being challenged by the drought.
With such a large amount of attention being placed on the fires, public attitudes seem to be changing.
In the past, many people have denied the link between climate change and intense bushfires. Now, it is hard to ignore or deny.
Many organisations and influencers are bringing attention to climate change, and how it can increase the likelihood of extreme weather events, just like this.
What can we do?
How can we help Australia recover from the wildfires? There are certain things that you can do. Even if they are seemingly small steps, every little action makes a difference.
- Donate to the Australian Red Cross – This is one of the main organisations that are trying to battle recovery. If you can’t donate, why not start a fundraiser, or share around links so that people can?
- Donate to Save the Children Australia – This helps children in need across Australia. They provide support to children and families when they are trying to recover from situations like this.
- Koalas in Care – Koalas really suffered from these fires. This non-profit will ensure that they are cared for and rehabilitated.
- Keep talking – Don’t let the attention shift from the fires. Keep talking about them, and make sure people are aware that the risk is still super high. We all must make changes, to ensure that the planet can survive.
- Airbnb – If you’re located in Australia, you can list your house on Airbnb. This platform is offering free housing for those who have lost everything.
I hope this clears up some of the information about the Australian fires, and lets you know how you can help. Remember, no step or donation is too small – every little helps.