If you’re like me, you’ve been appalled by the massive destruction wrought by the seemingly overwhelming number of fires in Australia. With headlines boast of towns burned to the ground, fire refugees trapped on beaches, tens of thousands evacuated, firenados — FIRENADOS for Chris’sake! How is that even fair? A half billion animals killed, the lovely koala’s very existence in the wild threatened. The list goes on and on.
It is a veritable apocalypse down under, and we ain’t talking about a bad case of scabies.
It makes you wonder how you can help other than throwing the keys to your car as far away as possible unless it is electric, then it is okay, and swearing to only take yachts when crossing oceans, and investing in solar panels and swearing off meat, keto be damned.
It makes you wonder why the Ol’ Pussy Grabber hasn’t offered the resources of the US to help with their fires like he did when Siberia was burning over the summer.
Well, I can’t help you with a vegan keto diet or hitching a ride on a yacht next time you want to visit Europe or even get the Ol’ Pussy Grabber to help with the Australian fires, but I can let you know how you can help the good folks and animals of Australia a little more directly.
The Aussie 7 News station has a list of links to charities that you can donate to if the images of half-burnt koalas drinking from water bottles and wallabies silhouetted against walls of flames and masses of people huddled on piers move you to generosity:
They’ve got a link to the Australian Red Cross to help with human victims; a link to an outfit called WIRES to help with wildlife victims; and a link to the NSW Rural Fire Service, which is all volunteer as I understand it, if you want to help with the firies as they call them.
In addition they have links to food banks, the Salvation Army, and other fire services. There’s a charity for every heartstring that this catastrophe can tug at.
The feature image was found using a Creative Commons Google Image search. It is a photo by Mark Morda sourced to the Government of South Australia. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International protocol.