Australia is in the midst of a crisis, with the current bush fire season one of the most destructive in the country's history: At least 24 people have died and thousands have been evacuated from their homes, according to the (opens in new tab)New York Times (opens in new tab), while the animal population has been decimated and over 12 million acres of land have burned. An increasing number of celebrities have shared their horror or asked for ways to help on social media—but when Kendall Jenner responded to the bush fires (opens in new tab) on Twitter, her followers weren't impressed.
Jenner quoted a tweet from Senator Bernie Sanders, who called for climate change action and the implementation of a Green New Deal in the face of the raging fires. She used emojis to do so: two grimacing faces, and two broken hearts.
😫😫💔💔 https://t.co/tCZeFPMqVpJanuary 3, 2020
Her response frustrated some on Twitter, who wanted more than emojis from the supermodel. "do something. you have MONEY and a platform," one social media user wrote (opens in new tab). Others pointed out how Jenner's own lifestyle, and that of other super-wealthy celebrities, contributed to the climate crisis. One Twitter user shared a screenshot of Jenner's November Instagram story (opens in new tab), in which she revealed that sister Kylie picked her up for the holidays in a private jet (opens in new tab).
Jenner might well have given money to organizations battling the bush fires, of course, and kept her donation quiet. If you'd like to help and are able to spare money, CNN has a list of where to send it (opens in new tab). The Australian Red Cross (opens in new tab) and the St. Vincent de Paul Society Australia (opens in new tab), for instance, are both supporting people who've been evacuated from their homes, and there's also a fundraiser for First Nations communities (opens in new tab) impacted by the bush fires. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (opens in new tab) has established funds for the families of firefighters killed on duty, and wildlife rescue charity WIRES (opens in new tab) has created an emergency fundraiser.
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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