The Australian Bushfires: What Can We Do?

Australia is fighting an unprecedented bushfire season.

If you’re keyed into the news and social media, you will already know that Australia is burning and its animals are dying. At least 8.4 million hectares of Australian bushland have been burned so far, the majority of which have been in New South Wales alone. Fuelled by record temperatures and widespread drought, the staggering size and ferociousness of the fires have sent the country reeling.

And we’re only in the middle of the Australian summer.

At least 25 people and half a billion animals have lost their lives. Thousands of homes and livelihood destroyed. Officials are warning that temperatures are likely to soar amid fears that blazes in multiple states may merge to create heightened dangers and more devastation to lives and homes.

In addition to the fires, smoke has become another disaster. Australia’s capital recorded the worst pollution it’s ever seen on January 1st. The air quality index indicated 23 times higher than what is normally considered “hazardous.”

How Can We Help?

A number of organisations and volunteer services are aiding in the firefighting and recovery efforts for affected communities. Whether you want to help the firefighting organisations, wildlife or just provide somewhere to sleep, you can find a ton of handy links and information below:

Direct to firefighting efforts

Relief and support efforts

 

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US-based charities

Wildlife

 

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Housing

Fundraising and auctions

Respiratory equipment and where to buy P2 masks

Other things you can do

  • Raise awareness! You can tweet and share and post this story — and dozens of others — all across the web. More eyeballs = more help.
  • Run your online searches through Ecosia, which uses profits to plant trees where they’re needed most. Trees help reduce the carbon dioxide load. It can be added to Chrome.
  • If you’re in Australia, do leave a bowl of water out for passing thirsty animals. Every small action counts.

The Luxe Nomad Cares

The Luxe Nomad has long been an advocate for sustainable living and travel. Having signed the Komitmen and ended the use of single-use plastics in our villas, we are constantly striving to find ways to better the world. Just like the Amazon Rainforest, we will not turn a blind eye to what’s happening in Australia.

For the month of January, The Luxe Nomad will donate US$10 for every booking received to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation. The organisation is currently directing donations received to the rescue and care of Australian animals affected by the bushfires.

Main Image: Darrian Traynor | Getty Images

Will you help us save the planet?

Chloe Pharamond

This nomad's natural habitat is napping under a shady tree on the beach with a book clutched in hand. She likes fresh coconuts with a healthy splash of rum, organic conversations that meander into the night, and getting lost in new places.

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