Australia is in the grips of a nationwide bushfire emergency. Its estimated that more than 1.25 billion animals have been killed across Australia
Right now, Australia is burning. The nation is being ravaged by the most devastating bushfire season the country has ever seen.
So far, more than 10 million hectares of Australian land have been burned. That’s equivalent to the whole country of Austria. At least 27 people have died and over 2,000 homes lost.
It’s been estimated that over one billion animals have been killed nationally. This includes thousands of koalas, kangaroos. wallabies and other iconic species being burnt alive, and many thousands more injured and homeless.
Australia needs support to help restore the forest homes koalas and other animals have lost, after the fires clear.
Climate change does not cause bushfires, but it does make them worse.
Australia is a land of bushfires but this season’s bushfire catastrophe is not normal.
Australia has been experiencing more frequent intense heatwaves and prolonged dry periods that have created tinder box conditions. Global heating is making droughts and fires hotter and more frequent as we have seen this season.
We must all do our bit to protect our world from climate disaster - failure to act will make extreme weather standard, with deadly consequences for people and nature.