DEMAND ACTION ON AUSTRALIAN FIRES
Time & Location
About the Event
The unprecedented fires in Australia are at least five times bigger than those in the Amazon in 2019. Twelve million acres have burned or are currently burning. After prolonged drought and the country's hottest ever temperatures, the fire threat level is now frequently reaching "catastrophic" -- the worst possible rating, never invoked before 2019. Hundreds of millions of animals and 17 people killed, enormous habitats destroyed, fears for the ancient and rare Wollomi Pines, thousands of buildings burned... And the Australian government relies on tens of thousands of volunteers to tackle the fires, many of whom have been working for weeks or months already, with no thought through compensation scheme in sight.
Join us outside the Australian Embassy on January 10, at 12pm (noon), in solidarity with a mass protest in Sydney cohosted by Australian Uni Students for Climate Justice and Extinction Rebellion. Their demands, supported by Extinction Rebellion, are: - Pay all firefighters and give the force full funding. - Provide genuine relief and aid for affected communities - Begin the immediate rapid transition away from fossil fuels. - A just transition for workers in fossil fuel industries with a jobs guarantee - Justice for First Nations communities - land and water sovereignty
These fires are the result of decades of emissions, hundreds of years of land mismanagement since invasion, and a government in denial about the impact of climate change. The future is already here. Come out to the Australian embassy to help wake up those in power to the extent of the emergency in Australia and beyond.
Donate direct to Rural Fire Service’s in States and Territories
Western Australia: >>> https://www.bushfire.org.au/product/support-the-association-supporting-volunteers/
Disaster relief fund in NSW and Qld
Salvation Army: The Salvos have launched a Disaster Appeal to support communities affected by the devastating bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland. They're hoping to raise $3 million in the appeal. To donate to The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal, go to: >>> https://salvationarmy.org.au
Red Cross: The Australian Red Cross is supporting communities affected by fires in NSW, QLD and SA. Specialist emergency volunteers are providing psychological first aid, working at evacuation centres and helping people to get in touch with their loved ones. You can donate to the Red Cross disaster relief and recovery appeal here: >>> https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-new-years-eve