Australia Fires Pupil Report
By Kaitlyn ward.
Although the news and the papers have been showing less and less since the rain hit Australia on January 15th at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. The issue of the devastating fires continues away from the news coverage.
The fires, caused by the unusual summer heat, have been going on for months now. Although the media didn't cover it so fully until December.
According to the BBC around 40 people have been reported dead and around 10 missing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those effected by the fires.
The rain brought many smiles to the people of Australia but the shadow of the recent fires looms over people’s heads. People have no homes to go back to and soem animals being officially declared close to endangered. Towns are currently like ghost towns with people finding it hard to come back home to their burnt homes.
The most heard about subject however is the animals. The declining numbers of wild animals are worrying people as Professor Chris Dickman gave an estimated number of animals that have died and perished in the fires. The number was a shocking and heart-breaking 480 million (half a billion) animals that are estimated to be dead. These animals range from baby kangaroos (joeys) to koalas, which is even more devastating to hear. An estimate of 25,000 koalas have died in the fires.
We also have the forests to think about and the famous bush, this will take multiple years to grow as it will have to be dug up and re planted as the land and soil was damaged. This will mean the animals will lose their habitat and they will have to adapt to a new one somewhere else.
Celebrities have donated fore xample Chris Hemsworth who donated £525,000 to the firefighters and the people battling the fires.
‘Hey there guys, as you’re well aware the bushfires in Australia have caused massive devastation. They continue to burn, there’s warmer weather on its way, we’re really still in the thick of it here, and there are plenty of challenging times ahead still to come.’ – Chris Hemworth.
Among Chris there was other Australian actors such as Margot Robbie who also donated although it is unknown how much she donated.
Edit. Hello its Kaitlyn from the future here *waves* so this edit is basically just an update on what has happened since I last wrote the blog.
The date today is Monday 24th February. Due to covid-19 , Australia has kind of been forgotten about. So here is where you can read what has happened since the Australia fires finished.
A number of events have taken place trying to keep the environmental disaster in the public eye. These include
*A benefit concert featuring Queen.
*American Fire fighters who travelled to help were thanked with a huge advert on the billboard in Times Square New York.
*Back packers visiting Australia have been told they can stay longer if they help officially with the clean up after the fires.
The facts now:
More than 10 million hectares have been burnt; that’s the equivalent of 40% of the entire UK.
An estimated 1.25 billion animals have been affected, including 30% of the entire koala population in mid-north coast of New South Wales.
There are ways you can help.
For example you can become a Koala Protector with a suggested donation of £25 to WWF and receive your personalisable certificate.
You can read more and donate to support the clean up at WWF