Feeling frustrated by the news that bushfires have been raging across Australia for weeks? You’re not alone. But there’s a lot you can do to help – and you don’t need to break the bank in the process.
Donate Money to the Rescue Efforts
This is the most obvious way to help the firefighting and recovery efforts! The Guardian has a handy guide to various firefighting organisations in different parts of Australia. You could also donate to the Australian Red Cross or the WWF.
The University of Sydney is crowdfunding to set up koala drinking stations, and there’s an emergency fundraiser going for the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
Hold Governments to Account Regarding Climate Change
No matter where you are in the world, climate change is an issue that impacts us all. There are a number of ways to ensure your government knows its electorate takes it seriously. Do Something Directory is based in the UK, so these suggestions are UK-specific, but all the following suggestions can be implemented in your country.
First of all, write to your local MP to demand they speak up in parliament regarding climate change issues. Your MP’s job is to represent you and your values, even if you didn’t vote for them! If protesting is your thing, consider joining a local Extinction Rebellion protest – or set one up. You could also petition parliament to take more direct action on climate change, or implement laws to tackle a particular issue.
Take Steps to Help the Environment
It’s not over til it’s over – there’s still time to reduce the impact of climate change. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something: consider taking public transport more and eating locally-produced foods to cut carbon emissions. Donate to projects like Team Trees to help reforestation efforts. Eat a little less red meat. Join your local Wildlife Trust to help your local environment.
Do you have any suggestions we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!
Last updated 21st October 2021.