Presley Long – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Australia is being overtaken by the worst wildfires seen in decades.
What started in Sept. 2019 has already burnt millions of acres of land and killed 24 people. From those 24, three of the fatalities were American firefighters.
Even though it only been three months since the fires started, about 800 million wild animals have been killed in the fires.
“What’s happening in Australia is terrible and I wish I could help instead of doing nothing,” said sophomore Macy Walter.
Mustangs can access a website where people can donate and “adopt” koalas to help with the ongoing situation. If you adopt a koala for only $60 a year, you are helping to restore their homes that were destroyed in the blaze.
Australia’s dry season is not the only cause of these appalling fires. Nearly 200 people have been charged with arson since Nov. 2019.
“It’s crazy to think that people would purposely start fires in their own country, especially with how bad the fires actually are,” said sophomore Julianna McCarter.
The strong winds and smoke of the fires have made breathing the air as bad as smoking 37 cigarettes.
Many charities such as the Australian Red Cross and the salvation army are working to collect money and donations for families and people effected by the fires. Nearly 2,500 houses have been burned down this wildfire season.
Millions of dollars have already been donated to Australia, but authorities predict the damage will take a decade to fix.