The effect of the bushfires on animals is a subject much posted about on Facebook. However, the sad truth is that if all the native animals survived the fires, they would still die. Their habitat is burning or burnt.
Kangaroos are herbivores… After these catastrophic fires there is not much grass, nor leaves and mosses left.
Koalas (are not bears by the way, they are marsupials) eat gum leaves. And not just any gum leaves… “Koalas are very fussy eaters and have strong preferences for different types of gum leaves. In Australia there are over 600 types of eucalypts, but Koalas will not eat a large proportion of these.”
The effect of the bushfires
So people on two continents are suffering from the smoke, which makes life more difficult for people who suffer from asthma, lung or heart disease.
Power is ‘out’ for vast numbers of people, as is phone coverage.
Reports from people who successfully fled from the fires – “It was like Armageddon,” was a ‘common’ comment. Considering the sky, which had been orange then turned black at 9 am, the comments make sense.
Pray for the firefighters
Some of the fires started in September 2019 and firefighters and voluntary firefighters have battled the blazes ever since. Now, however, the fires are raging in many of our States at once.
North American firefighters have been arriving in Australia since early December to assist in the country’s bushfire crisis with more to be deployed on Monday.
For the first time since 2010, the US is sending firefighters while Canada is sending fire experts to Australia for the first time.
Western Australia has sent firefighters to help. But is it enough? Who knows, but we have to try.
The effect of the bushfires on the farmers who were already ‘doing it tough.’ Many have ‘walked off the land,’ while others have committed suicide. The ones who remain desperately need help. Then there are caravan park owners, holiday homes… and people. People who have lost everything they possess and desperately need hope, encouragement… life. Pray for them also, please.
Since so much of the country has already burned, recovery is going to be difficult.
I read in the press that our major Telcos are waving mobile phone fees for the volunteer firemen.
Plus,banks are offering not only immediate assistance to people but also the suspension of mortgage and personal loan payments.
You can help...
There are many honest fundraisers around, as well as some dishonest ones. If you choose to donate, check out the details.
Here is a link to one which was sent to me… Check it out
And remember the ‘face’ of a young volunteer firefighter who shared with me photos she took at the start and end of her ‘shift’ fighting fires here in WA.
You can also donate your prayers. I see some people are praying for rain… but it’s not a sprinkle we need, it is monsoon rain, lots of it.