Japanese-Bengali model, actress, TV personality Rola is putting her massive social media following to good use. The star who has moved to Los Angeles and has donated a large sum of money to UNICEF in the past, is urging her fans to donate what they can to the Australian Red Cross.
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今オーストラリアでは干ばつなどによる異常気象で大規模な山火事が起こっています。シドニーでは今日気温が48.9度を記録しました。数ヶ月前におきたアマゾンの900,000㌶を超えて今オーストラリアでは5,000,000㌶以上が燃え続けています。この影響で野生動物の約5億匹が息を引き取り、NSWとクィーンランド州ではコアラの生息地の80%が焼失しました。この週末は各地で40度以上の熱波がさらに続くと言われています。 みんなで支えて助けあいましょう🙏;_; わたしのBioにも寄付先リンクを付けました。 @Wireswildliferescue @RedCrossAu @nswrfs @portmacquariekoalahospital
This is not the first time she has used her social media presence for good—she brought awareness to the fires in Brazil’s amazon rainforest last year, calling out the media for their lack of coverage on the issue.
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昨日はとてもショックをうけました。今ブラジルでは、大規模な山火事が3週間続いています。なのにこの件はほとんどのメディアが取り上げていません。アマゾンの森林は地球の20パーセントの酸素を生み10パーセント近くの生き物が生息しています。毎日ニューヨークシティの大きさの森が地球から消えています。森が無くなることで地球温暖化はさらに加速し、これから様々な問題が発生します。私たちが何を食べるか、選ぶかで私たちの未来が決まります。みんなでこの事をリポストをしてシェアしましょう😢🙏 #PrayForAmazonia I am very shocked that the Brazilian forest has been burning for 3 weeks now and there has been very little media coverage on this devastation. Brazil’s forest, the largest forest in the world, provides 20% of the earth’s breathing capacity. Research shows that the Brazilian forest is home to 10% of the world’s species and it contains 80,000 different plants. Everyday a forest area, the size of New York City, is lost. The land is then used to produce items to meet human demands, such as livestock farms, Palm oil, etc . What we eat, buy or do is vital to our future environment. Please share with others about what is happening to our planet and what is happening to the Amazon Forest🙏
Australia is in the midst of an unprecedented fire season that has scorched millions of acres, destroyed thousands of structures, and claimed dozens of human lives. Australia’s bushfire season got off to an inauspicious start in late August and early September last year, when numerous large fires broke out in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, fueled by warm weather, low humidity, and gusty wind conditions.
The natural world has fared even worse than the human-altered one, with a preliminary estimate suggesting upwards of a billion wild animals have either already been killed by the fires or will die from starvation, predation, and habitat loss in their aftermath. The blazes have destroyed over 2,000 homes and killed at least 24 people, according to local officials.
On Instagram, Rola gave a short summary of the situation and shared a photo of her donation and a map showing just how hot it currently is in Australia, with a video of a dehydrated koala getting relief from a cyclist. A link to the Australian Red Cross has also been added to her Instagram bio.
How to help victims of the Australia bushfires
An estimated half billion mammals, birds and reptiles have died from the fires, according to reports, including potentially 30% of the region’s koala population. Entire species are under threat of being wiped out completely. Local wildlife nonprofits are working every day to protect and care for animals affected by the blazes, including
- WIRES, a wildlife rescue nonprofit helps rescue native animals
- World Wildlife Fund Australia is focusing on koala conservation
- RSPCA New South Wales helps rescue and treat pets and wild animals
The Salvation Army Australia and Australian Red Cross are on the ground aiding with recovery and evacuation efforts. Other organizations providing aid include:
- The St. Vincent de Paul Society Australia is providing food, clothing and other necessities to affected families
- The NSW Rural Fire Service is fighting the fires and has lost at least two firefighters to the blazes
- Blazeaid is also providing support to victims throughout the region
You can also find a centralized hub of GoFundMe campaigns here, all verified by GoFundMe.