Wildfires continue to blaze through Australia


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An Aerial view of the catastrophic wildfires spreading through Australia.

One othe largest and most devastating wildfires in history has been blazing through Australia over the past few months. Firefighters have been working tirelessly to curb the fires while citizens ancelebrities have been doing all they can to help with this catastrophe. Immediate action needs to be taken anthe current climate crisis cannot be overlooked any longer. 

What originated as two separate fires has combined into what the British Broadcasting Corporation calls one giant “megablaze.” The wildfire in Australia covers approximately 2,300 square miles, predominately in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. For scale, that is three times larger than any California wildfire. A small percentage of the fires were started by humans, while a majority came from natural causes which have been fueled by the climate conditions. 

The wildfires have caused overwhelming damage to the animals in its path. Representatives of the town Kangaroo Island, known for their wide variety of animal speciesstates that about 25,000 koalas have been killed on the island alone. Furthermore, Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley says that a third of the total koalas in Australia have also been killed. Professor Chris Dickman from University of Sydney estimates that a least 480 million animals have been killed by the fires as of early January and the number keeps skyrocketing.  

Besides animals, the wildfires have been detrimental on human life in thareas near the fires. CNN states that the air quality in Sydnehas reached eleven times the hazardous level and that over 1,300 houses have been destroyed. Officials in Australia have urged that a quarter of a million people evacuate to stay safe from the fires. Since Oct. 27, hundreds of people have died athhandof the fires. 

Celebrities have been drawing the publics attention to the fires. At the Golden Globes on Jan. 5many of the winners’ speeches brought attention to the horrifying fires raging in Australia. Actor, Russell Crowe, commented on the wildfires when accepting his award, “Make no mistake the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change based.” This is a call for action to be made against the climate crisis. 

 Many companies have also stepped up to do their part with fighting the fires. Some of these companies include Balenciaga and Custom Inwho created t-shirts and sweatshirts. The profits from those products are donated to help fight the fires. Others like Posse, an Australian brand, created a raffle and the money raised is donated to two organizations: The Red Cross Australia and The Wires Wildlife Rescue. 

These wildfires ensue nothing but fear nationwide and citizens are left worrying about the future condition of our planet. Junior Kirra Hearn comments on the pressing issues the world is facing by stating, “action on these fires and other environmental issues need to be taken immediately; species are dying that are vital for our planets sustainability.”  

The devastating wildfires should be a wake-up-call for the whole worldThere is no doubt that drastic changes need to be made to fix the condition othe planet.