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Celebrities Helping with Australian Bushfire Relief

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Celebrities Helping with Australian Bushfire Relief Posted on January 20, 2020Leave a comment
Kristen is the founder of UniGuide, among other things.

Celebrities Donating to Australian Bushfire Relief

At least 24 people have been killed in the Australian bushfires, reports Time, and according to CNN, 18 million acres of bush, forestland, and parklands have been destroyed. The crisis has also been devastating to animals: It’s estimated that 500 million birds, mammals, and reptiles haven been killed or displaced, and even more amphibians, bats, and insects have been affected.

Mercifully, a number of celebrities have been stepping in with donations to help bushfire relieve efforts.

 

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Tennis star Serena Williams has been playing tennis competitively in Australia and New Zealand for two decades, thus, the Australian bushfire crisis struck a nerve with her. After winning the ASB Auckland Classic, she donated all of her prize money to Australian bushfire efforts, Women’s Agenda reports.

Other celebrities who have stepped in include Chris Hemsworth, who, along with his family, donated $1 million.

 

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In addition, according to the Independent, other celebrities from Australia and around the world have donated, including Pink, Cate Blanchett, members of Metallica, Selena Gomez, Kylie Minogue, Rebel Wilson, Patricia Arquette, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, and Dacre Montgomery. According to Insider, Elton John, Kacey Musgraves, and Hilary Duff also pledged donations.

Leonardo Di Caprio’s charity Earth Alliance, is donating $3 million to the effort, according to the Associated Press.

Devastation from the Australian Bushfires
Devastation from the Australian bushfires.

Unusually hot and dry conditions resulting from climate change have made fire conditions worse in Australia, just as they have in California. While these celebrity donations are a godsend, we need to keep in mind that celebrities taking a stand is not a solution to climate change, though it definitely brings awareness. We need to address the climate crisis from every sector of our society, including personal consumption, education and the media, government and legislation, and businesses and industry.

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