"We're really still in the thick of it here," says the Aussie native, announcing that he and his family are donating $1 million to relief efforts.
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Aussie native Chris Hemsworth is the latest celebrity to speak out about the devastating fires, announcing on social media Monday evening that he and his family are donating a whopping $1 million to relief efforts.
"Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia," the actor wrote alongside a selfie-style video. "My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated."
Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia. My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated.https://t.co/KcBpMe7QvY pic.twitter.com/gYuA4LELZM— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) January 7, 2020
He included a link to various Australian organizations that are accepting donations, which you can view here.
As of now, nearly 18 million acres of land have been burned across the country's six states, but New South Wales has been hit the hardest. A total of 24 people have died, including several volunteer firefighters, and almost half a billion animals have perished. The total number of animals affected nationwide could be as high as 1 billion,though, according ecologists at the University of Sydney.
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Lizzo is currently in Australia as part of her world tour, and the singer took time from her hectic schedule to plead with her followers to help make a difference, explaining that these bushfires are not just an Australian problem, but a global one.
In a series of images and videos posted to her Instagram Stories, the "Truth Hurts" singer called the historic fires a "global crisis" and said, "I don't want to politicize anything. This isn't a political issue at this point, this is a human issue."
In particular, she emphasized the CO2 emissions, which "will affect the entire earth. All of our atmosphere, all of our air."
Recognizing that not everyone is in a position to donate, Lizzo urged them to still do what they can, and in this era of social media dominance, they can do a lot.
"If you don't have the money to donate, carry an awareness," she said. "It's so important. So if you can just spread some awareness and let people know what's going on and just show you care... Anything you do will help and can help."
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi took to Instagram with another devastating pic of two kangaroos on the edge of burned woodlands.
"What's happening in Australia is truly devastating," she wrote, adding that she'd spent her time researching the enormous toll on animals, homes and relief organizations. She closed by asking her followers to fill her comments with recommended charities, and gave a shout-out to Barber's as well.
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The pictures you are about to see are from the #AustralianBushFires which have to date claimed the lives of Australian natives with many others missing. These fires that have spread & burned over 15 million acres (3 times the amount of the California fires we experienced) all over the continent have also claimed the lives of over 480 million animals. This is both heartbreaking & tragic !!! For more information, simply type “Australian Bush Fires” in google & do your own research on how or who to contact in efforts to help the Aussie people in their time of need. I myself chose the @redcrossau. There are other relief efforts you may find and I’m sure any & all help will be greatly appreciated..... but this is the one I was comfortable donating to. I have a huge Australian fan base & they’ve supported me throughout my career so it is only right I support them in their time of despair. Please #PrayForAustraila 🙏🏾
The Game shared a harrowing satellite image of Australia via Instagram, emphasizing just how much of it is ablaze. While he shared some of the more widely-known statistics of loss, he also encouraged his followers to do more research to learn just how huge and impactful these wildfires are as Australia just begins its summer season.
He also urged his fans to research charities to donate to, sharing that he'd donated to the Red Cross in Australia. "I have a huge Australian fan base & they've supported me throughout my career so it is only right I support them in their time of despair," he wrote, adding the hashtag "Please #PrayForAustraila."
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As fires continue to rage down under, more stars are stepping up to try and make a difference, including several native Australians with a personal connection to the worst fires in the history of their home.
According to the latest reports from the BBC on Saturday, 23 people have now died as a result of the fires with more than 1,200 destroyed.
Aussies Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have jointly pledged $500,000 to wildfire relief in Australia. "Our family's support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia," they captioned their announcement via Instagram. "We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now."
The post also included the same list of organizations who are working diligently on behalf of the people of Australia so their fans can donate as well (you can see this list below).
As part of a fundraising effort on Sunday in Australia, Rebel Wilson auctioned off to two lucky winners a special lunch with her at her Sydney mansion. She was initially intending only to accept one winning bid, but when two came in at $50,000 each, Wilson opted to honor both as winners, with proceeds going to help the ongoing firefighting efforts.
"You'll be the first ones to christen my new dining table. The house has just been finished," Wilson told the joint winners per The Daily Mail.
Gold Coast native Cody Simpson, meanwhile, admitted to feeling "helpless" as he remains stateside after spending the holidays with Miley Cyrus. "Watching my home burn from across the sea... I feel helpless," Simpson wrote. "But there are ways we can all help."
Sharing an image of a young boy looking at a wall of fire, Simpson captioned it, "Imagine being this little boy escaping to the water—the only safe place for hundreds of kilometres, watching your house, town & country burn. Had this have happened 10 years ago this would have been me."
On top of putting donation links in his bio and IG Story, Simpson also called for action. "Climate change is real & we must DEMAND world leaders who prioritize the earth over economics," he wrote. "Please respect nature. Especially the nature under your watch."
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The bushfires currently burning in Australia are the worst in the country's history and celebrities are doing what they can to help.
The fires, which have been active since September, are located in four of the country's six states. According to USA Today, they have claimed the lives of 19 people, have left dozens reported missing and have killed an estimated half-billion animals. 12 million acres of land and 1,400 homes have also been destroyed.
With more than hundreds of fires still raging, the record-breaking season is said to get worse. And stars have taken action by raising awareness on social media.
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#Regram #RG @gretathunberg: Australia is on fire. And the summer there has only just begun. 2019 was a year of record heat and record drought. Today the temperature outside Sydney was 48,9°C. 500 million (!!) animals are estimated dead because of the bushfires. Over 20 people have died and thousands of homes have burned to ground. The fires have spewed 2/3 of the nations national annual CO2 emissions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The smoke has covered glaciers in distant New Zealand (!) making them warm and melt faster because of the albedo effect. And yet. All of this still has not resulted in any political action. Because we still fail to make the connection between the climate crisis and increased extreme weather events and nature disasters like the #AustraliaFires That has to change. And it has to change now. My thoughts are with the people of Australia and those affected by these devastating fires.
Singer P!nk announced on Friday that she would be donating half a million dollars to the fire services in Australia. "I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires," she captioned a list of how to ways to donate. "I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz ❤️"
Australian native Iggy Azalea posted a selfie with an adorable koala, who she visited in the hospital, and urged her fans to donate. According to the Independent, 480 million animals have been killed in the bushfires -- 8,000 of them being koalas.
"Got to visit this cutie yesterday, as well as so many animals injured & rehabilitated at @currumbinwildlifehospital Thankyou guys for letting me hangout!!!" the rapper captioned the post. "did you know over 30% of the Koalas natural habitat in NSW has been destroyed by the bushfires Australia is currently battling? The saddest part is, that's not even the biggest threat to their survival. Please donate if you can guys, anything helps. Link in my stories. 🧡"
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who often posts about climate change, has been sharing Instagrams about the wildfires since November. On Saturday, the "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" star and co-chair of Earth Alliance reposted a photo shared by 17-year-old climate change activist, Greta Thunberg.
Celeste Barber, an actress and comedian from Australia, shared a terrifying photo from inside her mother-in-law's house, where the windows showed a bright orange sky outside.
"This is my mother in laws house," she wrote. "It's terrifying. They are scared. They need your help. International donations can be made via the link in my bio." Through the link, which sends you to a Facebook fund, Barber has raised over 12 million for the Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund.
Meanwhile, many stars and politicians alike have called out Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is an open skeptic of climate change.
"KUWTK" star Kendall Jenner reshared Bernie Sanders' tweet: "I say to those who are delaying action on climate change: Look at the blood-red sky and unbreathable air in Australia because of raging forest fires" and added broken heart emojis. Also on Friday, Kendall's sister, Kim Kardashian tweeted, "Climate change is real 💔🌎"
"Our futures are all connected. That is why we must bring the world together and enact a Green New Deal," actress Bette Midler wrote. "Pity the poor #Australians, their country ablaze, and their rotten @ScottMorrisonMP saying, 'This is not the time to talk about Climate Change. We have to grow our economy.' What an idiot. What good is an economy in an uninhabitable country? Lead, you f--kwit!!"
See more reactions to the wildfires, below.
Climate change is real 💔🌎— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 3, 2020
With Australia on fire and the Arctic in meltdown, it's clear we're in a climate emergency. I'm proud to support @EarthshotPrize from @KensingtonRoyal, a new effort to inspire Earth's greatest problem solvers to repair the natural world. https://t.co/5LE0W7TAms— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 31, 2019
Pity the poor #Australians, their country ablaze, and their rotten @ScottMorrisonMP saying, “This is not the time to talk about Climate Change. We have to grow our economy.” What an idiot. What good is an economy in an uninhabitable country? Lead, you fuckwit!!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 3, 2020
I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kyjDbhoXpp— P!nk (@Pink) January 4, 2020
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It’s almost impossible to understand the size and destruction of the fires in Australia. Here are three organizations I’ve already donated to. I hope you’ll donate, too. Rural Fire Service @nswrfs Australian Red Cross @redcrossau WIRES Wildlife Rescue @wireswildliferescue #repost @theslowfactory ・・・ If you've recently started reading and hearing about the bushfires in Australia, here's what you need to know about what's been going on, how they compare to other fires and what you can do to help. For the bar chart, we were inspired by @anti.speciesist post and remixed it. We tagged some organizations on the last slide that you can donate to as well as in our stories to also stay informed on the fires - a great resource to follow is @greenpeaceap. #australia #bushfires #climatechange #koalas #carbon #carbonemissions #climatecrisis
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Got to visit this cutie yesterday, as well as so many animals injured & rehabilitated at @currumbinwildlifehospital Thankyou guys for letting me hangout!!! did you know over 30% of the Koalas natural habitat in NSW has been destroyed by the bushfires Australia is currently battling? The saddest part is, that’s not even the biggest threat to their survival. Please donate if you can guys, anything helps. Link in my stories. 🧡
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This was my last eve in Byron, NSW, Australia. To get a sense of how beautiful the wildlife regularly sounds... Please turn up the volume. The fires have been truly horrendous. It’s so upsetting and worrying. So much wildlife already lost. And still much of the summer ahead. My heart goes out to those who’ve lost loved ones and homes. Big gratitude to the brave firemen who literally haven’t stopped during the holidays!! 🙏 Heartbroken for all the animals, plants and land... 🙏 for rain 🌧 #tbt ❤️🇦🇺
There are many ways to help those suffering from the Australia bushfires. Click the links below to donate to firefighters and local fire services.
- NSW Rural Fire Service
- Queensland Fire and Rescue
- Country Fire Service in South Australia
- Country Fire Association in Victoria
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