Cape Town – Hollywood is rallying together to shed light on the devastating fires in Australia.
The bushfires, which started in December, was spurred on by unprecedented temperatures across the continent. Scientists say the effects of climate change contributed significantly to the extent of the bushfires which has claimed many lives and killed an estimated half a billion animals in just one state, according to AFP.
"Harrowing footage of desperate koalas drinking from water bottles handed to them by rescuers and kangaroos standing helpless in fire-ravaged towns and charred forests have shocked people across the world," the publication wrote.
Thor actor and Australian native, Chris Hemsworth, echoed the same message when he took to Instagram on Monday.
In a video, the 36-year-old said, "The bushfires in Australia have caused massive devastation. They continue to burn, there's warmer weather on its way, we're really still in the thick of it here."
The star went on to share that he'll be donating $1 million to support the fight against the bushfires, before urging others to contribute whatever they can to the cause.
SEE HIS VIDEO MESSAGE HERE:
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Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia. My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated. In my bio I’ve added links to support the fire fighters, organisations and charities who are working flat out to provide support and relief during this devastating and challenging time. Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya.
The Avengers actor isn't the only star using his platform to inform others and assist the nation in tackling the crisis. Selena Gomez, Jennifer Garner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kim Kardashian and Russell Crowe – who won at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday but skipped the ceremony to stay home with his family in Australia – also shared their concerns on social media, while Pink, as well as Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, pledged $500 000 to eliminating the threat.
Australian actress Margot Robbie also shared a heartbreaking video on Instagram.
The Bombshell star showed her followers personal photographs from her childhood growing up in Australia. The actress said, "I didn't want to show you more pictures of the devastation. I wanted to show you how beautiful our country is."
She added, "It's so beautiful, and it's really, really hurting right now and it really, really needs you. So please, please donate."
"Let's give future generations the kind of childhood I was so lucky to have," she said.
SEE HER VIDEO MESSAGE HERE:
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