Eastern Australia is still in the midst of a serious drought. This coupled by record high temps (with some areas reaching up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit) has created an environmental tinderbox on a scale unlike any other in history. According to a Daily Mail report on February 25, 2020, this climate calamity has killed approximately half a billion animals.
The scale of Australian Bushfires
“The bushfires this season are unique in that multiple fires are occurring simultaneously and joining up to form super-fires,” explained Dr. Robert Johnson, director of Vets Beyond Borders.
“We are in the middle of a serious drought in Eastern Australia that has created an extraordinary amount of fuel for the fires,” he said. “What also sets these fires apart from previous ones is the fact that they have affected such a large proportion of populated areas. The amount of acreage burned is about eight times larger than the 2018 Californian wildfires.”
Here are 5 Ways You Can Help
Fires have also burned through the critical habitat of native Australian mammals such as koalas, kangaroos, dunnarts, the long-footed potoroo, the mountain pygmy possum, the yellow-bellied glider and the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, as well as bird species such as the critically endangered regent honeyeater and the glossy black cockatoos.
Help these endangered species today . . .
There is so much work that still needs to be done both locally and globally — which will require ongoing, sustained support way into 2020 and beyond. No effort is too small. Here are five ways that you can help in turning this devastation around.
1- Make a Donation
Donations will help with immediate needs, such as medical supplies and food drops as well as long-term efforts pertaining to habitats and food sources that have been depleted. Animals Australia is channeling much-needed funds to advocacy groups and veterinarians in the hardest-hit regions. Donate here [PayPal is accepted]
2- Support Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife rescuers and caregivers require massive sustained support beyond this initial crisis as they provide the intensive and ongoing care for animal victims affected by bushfire.
These organizations provide funds to these folks across the states, with emergency assistance on the ground:
- Wildlife Victoria
- WIRES (New South Wales)
- Fauna Rescue (South Australia)
- Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland
3- Give Directly to Wildlife Caregivers
There are professional volunteers who are donating their time and expertise to support wildlife shelters, assist with food drops and alleviating suffering in the hardest-hit regions of the country [see map above.]
You can donate directly to 'Backyard Buddies' here.
4- Leave A Gift to Animals Australia in your Will
If you would like to make a gift to Animals Australia in your will, they recommend you consider using the following wording (which should be discussed further with your solicitor or estate planner):
I give and bequeath to Animals Australia ACN 617 080 387 for the use and purpose of Animals Australia the sum of ... dollars, free of all death duties, and the receipt of the Treasurer or CEO or other proper officer of Animals Australia shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors for this legacy.
Once you have made a bequest to Animals Australia, please let them know, so they are aware of your support. To do so, or to request any further information about bequests, you can call our team toll-free on 1800-888-584, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5- Stay Woke
The devastating status in Australia is fluid. It's morphing constantly as new hazards emerge and new opportunities arise. Stay woke as these updates present themselves.
Climate change is real. Animals Australia [AA] recognizes that it is caused by humans. It will require all of us to band together to collaborate no more than ever in the past.
This will help us create meaningful solutions from long-term committed volunteers. Please be mindful to look after all those that inhabit this planet.
This quote by Animals Australia is most poignant in this regard: "Together, we can forge a world where our environment and all its inhabitants, human and non-human alike, will be treated with dignity, respect, fairness, and compassion."
Be kind to our animals. We are their first and last resort to survival.
Primary Source: Animals Australia