It’s easy to see today’s headlines and feel hopeless.

The weight of the devastation caused by the bushfires in Australia is not lost on us as we see the numbers rising – the sweeping destruction of people’s lives and homes, as well as the devastating loss of wildlife, sits heavy on our minds as we witness it unfold. In this difficult time, our thoughts are with the people of Australia.

Still though, in the midst of all of this loss, we are reminded of our inherent connection to one another – all as inhabitants of this earth. We are all neighbours – not in proximity, but in human experience. There is an undeniable pull towards hope, and it can be seen scattered across various social media platforms – links to donation sites, as well as helpful articles outlining the gravity of the ecological loss, can be found just by flipping through your friend’s Instagram stories.

This urge to help is so intrinsically human, and it goes to show that, despite what other current headlines may suggest, our ability to care for one another is one of our greatest strengths. So while we mourn these immense losses with our Australian neighbours, we also hope to offer something more tangible.

If you are able, we encourage you to donate to one of the links listed below. If you are unable to donate but would like to help, consider sharing these links with your friends and family.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-canadian-red-cross-society/campaign/donate-to-the-australia-fires-appeal/
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/disaster-aid-canada/campaign/australian-fires-fund/
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/worldanimalprotection/campaign/animals-affected-by-the-australian-bushfires-need-you/#donate-now-pane
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/save-the-children-canada/campaign/australia-bushfire-emergency/

As a part of this vibrant community of hope, we feel a deep responsibility to keep the conversation going. Seeing the widespread displacement of people and wildlife alike has been a heartbreaking reality for us. We would love to hear from you what you’ve come across that has inspired you into action, and to reach out with any findings that resonate with you.

By: Maija Stevenson