If you haven’t heard, Australia spent half of January on fire. The country’s worst fire-season to date.
We, human beings, are finally starting to feel the effects of climate change on a massive scale. I mean, koalas are dying — koalas.
I haven’t been on social media all month without hearing something about the Australian bushfires — they have quite literally taken over both mainland Australia, and my Facebook feed.
It’s insane to me how it takes large-scale devastation for people to care about climate change. But even then, I don’t know that the majority of people posting about Australia actually “care” about climate change — or if they are feeling sad because they saw the most recent koala death toll.
My inner-cynic believes, unfortunately, that most people are only concerned about the fires because koalas and other furry (and some not-so-furry) friends.
It leaves me feeling a bit hopeless, to be honest. Yes, it’s sad that animals are dying and we should raise awareness to help them. But what about the reason they’re dying?
Multitudes of other animals and ecosystems around the world are suffering as a result of our changing climate. It’s frustrating to watch the collective world be reactive: helping the animals and people affected by the fires. I want a proactive society that sees climate change as an issue and takes action to prevent such large-scale natural disasters from ever happening again.
The world’s various reactions to the bushfires are astounding —but none are quite as astounding as this:
“Climate change is real *heartbreak emoji* *earth emoji*” tweeted Kim Kardashian on Jan. 2, in response to the bushfires happening across Australia.
On the same day, Kardashian's half-sister, Kendall Jenner, also referenced the fires with a heartbreak emoji.
I saw their tweets and immediately laughed — of course climate change is real, Kim.
I wish celebrities would do more than just be sad on Twitter about climate change.
So, I am mad at Kardashian and her sister. They have the resources to cover 100% of the estimated cost for the restorations Australia is going to need when this is all over; but, instead, they are "heartbroken."
Sure, you could say it’s good that at least they’re saying something about it on social media and, therefore, they’re still reaching people. I’ll agree with that — maybe Kardashian convinced someone climate change is real. But being sad about something isn’t doing anything to fix it.
This whole situation is frustrating because I want to help, but my resources are limited. I donated $15 toward the restoration, I’m not eating as much red meat this year, I’m driving less and reducing single-use plastics, but it’s never going to be enough.
Yes, I can make small lifestyle choices that make a difference and clear my moral conscious a bit, but millionaires like Kardashian and Jenner have gobs more power to make a difference than I do.
Myself and countless other regular people are trying to actively make a difference, whether it be through advocating for the animals and people affected by the bushfires, or by fighting climate change through everyday choices.
So, yes, I am upset when I see passive heartbreak emojis coming from people who have the resources to make a massive impact.