Australia Is Burning and My Heart Is Breaking
As you’ve been scroll through social media over the past few months, you have undoubtedly come across an article, photo, or video from the Australian brush fires. It is heart breaking. Nearly half a billion animals have been killed by the smoke and flames. With Australia being the only native home to many of these species, the survival of certain species has become a major concern.
In 2007, after my sophomore year in high school, I had the privilege of visiting Australia. I spent 18 days traveling the east coast, from Sydney to Cairns. I got to stay on Fraser Island, Surfers Paradise, Whitsunday Islands, among others. I got to spend a night on a ranch in the outback where I learned how to play backyard cricket. I fell in love with the country, the landscape, and the beautiful animals that call Australia home.
As I scroll through social media my heart aches. The country is on fire. The skies burn red and smoke clogs the air. According to CNBC, the fires have “...destroyed more than 1,000 homes and nine million acres and killed 18 people.”
Celebrities like P!nk, Nicole Kidman, and Keith Urban have donated $1 million all together, with many people on social media asking how they too can help.
Here are places you can donate:
- Australian Red Cross
- St. Vincent de Paul NSW
- Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
- Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
- NSW Rural Fire Service
- South Australia Country Fire Service
- Victorian Brushfire Appeal
- The Kangaroo Sanctuary