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• Here is a simple guide to understanding the current bushfires in Australia, why it is happening, and how you can help.
• How can funders collaborate on disaster relief gifts?
• Learn the basic tips for disaster giving.
What is happening in Australia?
Australia is battling extreme bushfires and the Climate Crisis is making the season longer and more dangerous. The effects of extreme heat and widespread drought have been devastating to the entire nation with over 2,000 homes already lost, 25 people losing their lives, and the conditions are only getting worse. The University of Sydney has predicted that since the bushfire season started in September over 480 million animals have died.
Why is this bushfire season so severe?
Australia has always been a hot, dry country with flammable plants that make it prone to bushfires. But what makes this season different is a combination of factors. Scientists say that Greenhouse gas emissions are having a direct correlation to the severity of the fires. Rising sea temperature and the lack of rain since January 2017 has been attributed to the Indian Ocean Dipole. On the other side of the world, this has also led to severe flooding in East Africa. This shows that this is a global challenge, not just a national disaster.
How to help the locals
It may be tempting to donate goods such as clothes and blankets, but charities are often overwhelmed with donations and do not have space and resources to sort through it. Donating money is the best way to make a difference, especially if you are not in Australia. The charity or organization you choose to donate to will then allocate the funds according to what is needed to help the most.
Also, think about the bigger picture that goes beyond immediate fire relief. Rebuilding the land, reviving animal life, re-establishing businesses and re-building the local community is a long term strategy. The recovery is long and complex, but the charities know best what needs to be prioritized and how to work with the money they receive to overcome the situation in the long term.
Read the full article about helpful guide to explaining Australia’s bushfires at Impact Hub Network.
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