If you’ve been on social media recently, you may have seen visuals of kangaroos frantically hopping away from a forest of fire, or koalas with singed fur being swaddled up in blankets by rescuers. Images and videos have only started making their rounds on the Internet in recent months, but the wildfires began as early as July 2019.
While some hope has come upon Australia in the form of storms, the fires have inflicted heavy damage on the country. As of now, they have resulted in 28 human lives lost, more than 10 million hectares of land destroyed and as many as a billion animals are feared dead. They could also have left lasting effects on the ecosystem. This means bringing threatened species down to extinction, and an irreversible ecological collapse.
The harm that has been brought upon by the bushfires is irreversible. However, we can still do our part by helping those who’ve lost their homes (both animals and humans). Here are some ways you can help Australia in one of its toughest fire crises in recent years.