Rangers are on the frontlines of Australia's bushfire crisis. Let’s back them.
“Throughout Australia Rangers have been fighting fires continuously since the beginning of September, including over Christmas and New Year, leaving their families and lives to be on the frontline.” Jolene McLellan, International Ranger Federation Representative and Queensland Ranger.
Australia’s devastating bushfires have ravaged communities and decimated nature nationwide. Over 18 million hectares of forests, bush, parks and communities have been burnt this fire season - that’s an area comparable to the size of the UK.
To date at least 30 people have lost their lives, thousands of homes have been destroyed and over a billion wild animals are thought to have perished. With natural habitats wiped out, there are fears that some species will become locally extinct.
What’s more, the challenging conditions are set to continue as the southern hemisphere summer is only just getting started.
Rangers putting their lives on the line
Working alongside the emergency services to tackle and prevent blazes in many of the country’s natural wonders, Rangers are protecting national parks, safeguarding wildlife, defending communities and saving homes.
Rangers’ courageous and exhausting efforts are taking their toll on many of the individuals involved. With your support we can help them to continue protecting the special places we all care about.
“Rangers are not just exhausted but have been left mentally affected by what they’ve experienced during this unprecedented fire season. It’s hard seeing what you’ve worked so hard to protect for many decades literally go up in flames.” Jolene McLellan, International Ranger Federation Representative and Queensland Ranger.
How your donation can help:
The Thin Green Line Foundation, working with Australia’s regional Ranger Associations, seeks to raise $20,000 AUD to provide emergency and ongoing support to Rangers fighting fires and protecting Australia’s precious cultural and natural heritage.
With your donation we will:
Provide emergency assistance to rangers and their families – who have lost their homes and possessions
Support Rangers’ mental health and wellbeing – by facilitating access to support networks and relief opportunities
Foster rebuilding and recovery – rehabilitating decimated habitats and conservation infrastructure.