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January 07, 2020

Australia. This is Climate Change.

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THE NATURAL WORLD IS CHANGING 

 

If we don’t take climate action the collapse of our civilisations & the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon
– Sir David Attenborough.

 

At the time of writing this post, since the bushfires began ravaging Australia in September ‘19:
24 people have died
Half a billion animals have been killed
250 million tonnes of Co2 released
14.5 million acres burned
1500+ homes destroyed
Air quality measurements are 20x above the hazardous level
+ our fire crisis has months to go.

 

We’re sure that you, like us, have been through waves of emotions as the tragedy unfolds across Australia
– horror, sadness, sympathy, empathetic pain, anxiety, fear, interest, confusion, disgust.
These emotions, that which breaks our hearts is ultimately what connects us and brings a clear realisation of how we, as a human race, have become disconnected from nature.

 

By damaging the natural world, we damage ourselves
– each breath we take, the food & water we need to sustain us, the land that provides for us all relies on a healthy planet and ecosystem.

 

Arnhem Bushfire Donation $30K to Wires Wildlife Rescue
Arnhem Bushfire Donation $10K to Greenfleet

 

 

WE'VE OPENED UP OUR SOCIAL MEDA

 

If you know of any individuals, communities or charitable organisations that need help to amplify their voice during these tough times
please contact us at sustainabilty@arnhem.co

 

 

Take action write to your MP and express your concerns about climate change

 

 

IF YOU ARE IN A POSITION TO DONATE MONEY 

 

We have summarised some of the charitable organisations taking donations to support bushfire victims.
By clicking on the names below it will take you straight to their donations page. 

 

The Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery & Relief
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
Salvation Army Disaster Appeal
The NSW Rural Fire Service
St Vincent de Paul Society Bushfire Appeal
Victorian Country Fire Association
Wires Wildlife Rescue
Givit.org
Blaze Aid
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Bendigo Bank Bushfire Appeal
Kangaroo Island Mayrol Relief & Recovery Bushfire Fund
South Australia State Emergency Relief Fund
CFS Foundatiion – Supporting Volunteer Firefighters
Rural Fire Brigade QLD
Supporting Firefighters Families
Mogo Zoo Fire Recovery
South Australia Veterinary Emergency Management
Mallacoota Fires Support Fund
Wildlife Rescue South Coast
Mallacoota Wildlife Shelter Fire Relief Fund
Or any of the 1815 Fundraising Campaigns on Gofundme

 

 

IF YOU ARE ABLE TO OFFER ACCOMMODATION

 

Airbnb Open-Homes Disaster Relief 
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IF YOU ARE ABLE TO OFFER YOUR TIME 

 

Head to Blaze Aid. Set up in 2009 in the wake of the Black Saturday fires, this volunteer-based charity helps people in rural areas after natural disasters.
Volunteers work alongside the locals to help rebuild local communities.

 

The Organic & Regenerative Investment Co-operative (ORICoop) is another group looking for volunteers to help farmers and producers in the wake of the recent fires.

 

Charitable organisations are always looking for new volunteers.
However most require a training program to be complete and would prefer a long-term commitment.

 

 

Small efforts add up to a big difference 🙏

 

Humanities Reconnection With Nature Has To Start Here

 

 

HUMANITIES RECONNECTION WITH NATURE HAS TO START HERE.

 

We have to address the climate crisis. As our planet is changing, so must we.
We need to change – transform our media, our political system, our education, the how and why of what we do.

 

 

DON'T WASTE NATURAL RESOURCES

 

As Australia’s bushfire towns struggle through unprecedented loss, water, food & power shortages we need consider how our actions affect the planet we live on.

 

 

Australian Sustainable Fashion Brand Arnhem how they resist climate change

 

We can all take simple actions in our daily lives to reduce our impact by saving water, supporting renewable energies, consuming less & being selective from whom we buy,
supporting sustainable holistic agriculture practices, reducing waste & choosing to off-set our emissions.

 

 

REFUSE PLASTIC 

 

In Australia homes have gone up in flames & toxic smoke from household plastics is dosing the country with poison of untraceable consequences.
Plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle; from its production to its refining & the way it is managed as a waste product.
At current levels, greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic lifecycle threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5C

 

Reduce single use and fight climate change - Arnhem Sustainable Clothing

 

 

PAY MORE ATTENTION TO POLITICS 

 

During this time of crisis Prime Minister Scott Morrison has continued to defend the governments climate policies.
A PM who refuses to revisit the climate policy. Who refuses to make the connection between the climate crisis and increased extreme weather events and natural disasters.
Australia is not on track to meet the Paris Agreement target to cut emission by 26%.
Regardless of our political views, based on scientific evidence Climate Change is the biggest threat we currently face to our national security.
This is a key message we have to take away from this catastrophe.
A radical rethink on how a government protects its people in this time of climate crisis is imperative.

 

 

THINK ABOUT LONG-TERM EFFECTS

 

Provide continued support to communities affected by bushfires so that their economies and infrastructure can rebuild.
Be mindful of the long-term adverse effects on physical and mental health.
Think about damage to water catchments and potential effects on the global carbon cycle.
Whilst we may think that it’s a good idea to plant trees to sequester carbon, its critical that these decisions are led by experts.
The choice of regrowing certain species can result in far more water consumption, which in turn compromises water replenishment.
Look to people like Greenfleet to partner with if you want to off-set.
Think about the ecology of Australia and how species affected by this major disturbance will now be forced to regenerate in climatic conditions that are very different.
As our planet is changing invest time in learning and understanding what this means, allow experts in the areas to inspire you to support in whichever way that you can.

 

 

The Australian bush is remarkably resilient to fire and has evolved with it for many millions of years.
We wanted to end on a positive note with images blooming with hope from our Sustainability Officer, Jyoti’s property following the wake of the bushfire.

 

Nature regenerating after the Australian bushfires
Nature regenerating after the Australian bushfires
Nature regenerating after the Australian bushfires
Nature regenerating after the Australian bushfires

 

We are what we do. Not what we say we’ll do.
Arnhem xx


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