Efforts for Australia: How to Help When You Can't Send $$

After a grueling 5 months of ongoing bushfires that have devastated the continent, Australia is now forced into a recovery mode of epic proportion. Over 10 million hectares of forestry destroyed, 1.25 billion animals perished, 2,000 homes gone, and over 12 dozen individuals lost. Wildlife and humanity alike need our global community to take a stand, lending a helping hand to our brothers and sisters affected by this horrendous blaze. And although our hearts may want to help, our bank accounts may not always agree. SO! We've come across some creative ways to donate your support, even if money is not part of the equation!
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Give Up the Goods:
  • If you would prefer to give goods rather than money, charities like Givit coordinate item donations to then be dispersed to those in need!
  • You can also donate clothing to Red Cross retail stores, where funds raised from selling them go towards their work, INCLUDING bushfire relief!!
  • Use your MAGIC! Are you crafty? Do you perform? Use your talents to raise awareness, while fundraising a larger amount that you may not have been able to donate on your own! Check out our Limited Edition Soap that we're doing to raise funds for WWF-Australia, or the incredible painting by our very own K8 Creative that was auctioned off for relief efforts!

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Social Media Support:
  • Supporting local and small businesses in Australia helps them bounce back now, and keeps them afloat later on. Spend with them promotes ventures that need help and directs Instagram followers to profiles and websites where they can make direct purchases. Even if you can't purchase, liking and sharing these businesses via social media helps get the word out, and encourages those around you who may be able to donate, to click the "buy now" button in support!
  • It can be as simple as spreading awareness! These fired went on for months without much coverage from Western media. Although the fires may have ended, their road to recovery has JUST begun. Let’s bring this issue to light and help the best we can! By following and sharing articles about the Australia recovery, you can help spread awareness and compassion. Great places to get up-to-date and ACCURATE info are WWF-Australia and WIRES, both excellent sources of information and, should you come into some funds, excellent, transparent non-profits that help focus on recovery efforts in the area!

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Act Locally Think Globally:
There's no denying that these fires were exasperated by the effects of climate change. By reducing your carbon footprint, you can help keep our world a little cleaner, a little cooler, and maybe a little less on fire.. Whether it's our local or our global community, climate change will touch all of us, and whether we like it or not, we're ALL in this together.
  • Eat Less Meat: Greenhouse gas emissions from agribusiness are an even bigger problem than fossil fuels. While not all of us are ready to take the vegetarian leap, even reducing your meat consumption can make a huge difference! Not sure if you can do it? Try a vegetarian restaurant like our local to Saint John Vegolution.
  • Unplug Your Devices: Even when your device is powered down, it still sucks out energy! In the US alone plugged in devices were responsible for up to $19 BILLION in energy use! Simple solution? Unplug!!!
  • Drive Less: While using a bicycle to get to work won’t work for all of us, carpooling can DRASTICALLY reduce your carbon footprint. Rather take a bus? Local Saint Johners can click here to sign up and get their bus pass today!
  • Clean Your Closet! The fashion industry produces more harmful carbon emissions than the aviation and shipping industries combined. Does your closet contribute to climate change? Find out with ThredUP’s fashion footprint calculator and see where you're at!
  • Plant a Garden: Save yourself a trip to the grocery store and help the planet all in one. Plants are known to absorb carbon dioxide, so you can breathe easier knowing you’re helping yourself, your pocket book AND the planet. Here's a great article on Climate Change & Gardening.
  • Eat & Buy Locally: Food grown closer to home produces fewer transportation emissions, is fresher and supports local farmers. If you're in the area, we LOVE our heirloom, organic fruits, veggies, poultry and flowers from the amazing couple of Affinity Farm in Shediac NB. Want more on the topic? David Suzuki also wrote a fantastic article on food and climate change here.
Look at that! A handful of amazing ways YOU can make a difference, without even TOUCHING the bank account! A big thank you to all those who have contributed to the relief efforts. And a special thank you to those who have helped us raise awareness through our Limited Edition Australian Breeze Soap! We currently sit at over $700 raised in just 3 weeks for WWF-Australia. Let's keep our brothers and sisters of Australia in our hearts and on our minds. And we ask that you continue to spread kindness, empathy and love wherever you are, and wherever you go <3
-Judith&Kate