As you likely already know, the massive Australian wildfires have destroyed homes, lands, and animals. Sometimes, it can feel like us ordinary folk can do nothing at all. Thankfully, celebrities from across the globe have taken up the cause. Everyone from Steve Irwin’s family to Pink have joined together to donate, raise awareness, and help those in need out. Here’s everything you need to know and how you can also help…
Celebrities And The Australian Wildfires
The massive and deadly Australian wildfires have been burning for the past three months. Horribly, over a billion animals perished, hundreds of homes have burned down, nearly thirty people are dead, and thousands have been evacuated. It is, without a doubt, the worst fire in modern history. However, not all hope is lost. Thanks to technology and social media, multiple celebrities have started raising awareness and money for those in need. From families and firefighters to animals and shelters, these stars are helping raise money for every part of this disaster.
Some of the first celebrities to help were Australia’s most famous family, the Irwins! Not only have they donated significantly to the cause, but at their zoo, where Steve Irwin once worked, they have housed a vast amount of animals. Meanwhile, two more famous Australians, couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, have donated $500,000 to the cause. Only days afterward, the two found out that their Australian home could burn down in the fires. Still, Kidman wants people focused on what truly matters: “It’s not about us, it’s about this country right now,” Kidman told Access Hollywood. “This beautiful, beautiful country. The animals, the people, everything.”
Stars From Across The Globe, Coming Together
On the other side of the ocean, singer P!nk also donated $500,000 to the cause and has continued to raise awareness even after giving. In fact, all these celebrities donating has started something of a domino effect. Now, stars from across the globe are coming together to raise money for this horrible, ongoing tragedy. For instance, Instagram comedian turned celebrity and Australian native Celeste Barber started a Facebook campaign, with a modest initial goal of $30,000. However, so far, she’s raised over $115,000,000! Yes, 115 million! The funds will go to families who have been evacuated, food, sanitary supplies, and other equipment shelters and fire stations need. In fact, some of the money already has!
Plenty of other high-profile celebrities like singer Shawn Mendes, Jonathan Van Ness from Netflix’s Queer Eye, Kylie Jenner, Elton John, Metallica, and many more have been donating and have been encouraging their fans to share the cause and give however much they can. In total, all these celebrities have raised or donated close to a billion dollars, all going to the recovery process and victims. Some stars, though, did not feel satisfied with simply donating. A select few have started using their platform to call for help…
Taking A Stance
At the Golden Globes last Saturday, Australian actors Russel Crowe and Cate Blanchett both used the platform to speak up about the Australian Wildfires. Well, in a way. Crowe actually did not attend the ceremony and stay with his family, due to his fire being hit by the fires in November. Jennifer Aniston read a speech for him on his behalf: “Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy, and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is.”
Blanchett, meanwhile, thanked the firefighters. “I wanted to do a special call-out to the volunteer firefighters who have been at the center of battling the climate disaster that is facing Australia. And of course, when one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster, so we’re in it together, so thank you very much.”
All these celebrities have inspired millions to donate, following in their footsteps. Are you looking to help? There are multiple charities and organizations to which you can give to. Click here to find out how you can help and where you should contribute.