Updated: Jan 18
During the time that I was back in my home country Colombia my second home was going through one of the most challenging times in history with the bushfires. I did follow the news while I was over there, but just when I arrived back in Sydney, I realised how devastating the situation - still is.
The blue sky is gone, and the smell of the smoke is everywhere.
More than 1.5 billion animals are dead, including a quarter of the Koalas 🐨 population. The farming community is going through difficult times with pasture burnt up to 80% - livestock feed donations are a priority for them. A significant number of people had flee to be safe, and most have lost almost everything.
Sadly, nature is telling humans how bad things are going to get if we don't take climate change seriously.
So, what can we do?
Right now, we need to focus on helping the community to recover. There are lots of ways to help the community. You can volunteer some time - to help with fencing, digging or cleaning. You can donate some Livestock feed or water, help to transport feed, offer temporary shelter to someone or by making a small donation to a charity or when doing your grocery shopping.
To get involved, here are some organisation with great initiatives you can pick from:
1. The Helping Hand Project by the AgTech company AgriWebb is helping the farming community to recover from the bushfires by connecting helpers with people seeking for help.
2. Red Cross relief Donation centre.
3. Airbnb is helping the affected community to find temporary shelter. So if you have space at home, this is the perfect option for you.
None of them works for you?
Well, then here are some bad habits you could change to help with climate change.
I know some people think that small actions at home or the workplace won’t do much, but they do. Turn your computer and lights off if you are not using them, switch to digital mail (there is no need of paper correspondence anymore), taking public transport instead of driving or even better ride a bike to work. Also changing some of your eating habits, such as eating less red meat could make a huge difference when thousands of us are doing it.
Want to help even more? Please take one of the projects up there and share it with your contacts.
Together we can help 🆘 Australia 🇦🇺 recover!