The Global Climate Crisis has been emerging for years. In 2019 we faced an unprecedented amount of natural disasters. Now, with Australian bushfires burning for months, at huge loss to land, lives and homes, we are in the midst of a climate disaster with little room to look away. On the heels of all that is happening to our planet, we are reminded of the immense power social media holds, and the good that can come of it if utilised properly. It is not a new, nor unexpected revelation, however witnessing the ways in which we, as a collective can insight change and encourage kindness (particularly in the past week) is never not appreciated. While we come to terms with the best ways to both support communities and reckon with ensuring our climate crisis doesn’t worsen, for a little encouragement on our way there, these are the celebrities taking action for the bushfires and the planet as a whole.
For her 82nd birthday, Fonda rang in another year around the sun by leading one of her reoccurring climate rallies, ‘Fire Drill Fridays’ which protests against the US governments inaction on climate change where she was arrested on the scene. This isn’t the force to be reckoned with’s first rodeo, either. Fonda has been arrested multiple times at her climate protests, sometimes alongside friends including Sam Waterston, Lily Tomlin, Ted Danson and Gloria Steinem.
Australian comedian Celeste Barber’s husband's family has been directly affected by the South Coast bushfires this week, sparking her to start a fundraiser for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund which has surged to an insane $41 million in four days, making it the biggest fundraiser Facebook has ever created globally. We have all been watching in awe and admiration for literally everyone who has donated as the number continues to grow.
Our favourite Hemsworth brother has joined the list of celebrities donating to the bushfire relief organisations by contributing $1 million for the firefighting efforts and relief.
Leo has been openly advocating for the climate for over two decades now, with his foundation whose mission is to protect the environment and shed light on climate change as a whole. Late last year, he posted an image of himself and TIME’s Person of The Year, Greta Thunberg “hanging out” on Instagram and has recently taken to socials to spread the word on the bushfires.
Just when we thought we couldn’t love her more, the Fleabag star has secured her place on the thrones of our hearts and announced she will be auctioning off her Golden Globes outfit, a Ralph & Russo suit and donating the proceeds to bushfire relief funds in Australia.
From top: @janefonda; @nicolekidman; @celestebarber; @chrishemsworth; @leonardodicaprio; @phoebewallerbridgeweb; @bbcfleabag.