And so it has come to pass once again that the Australian countryside has erupted in flames at the peak of summer, amidst terrible heat and wind, and with the tragic loss of life. Over 130 people have died over the past few days and even entire towns have been wiped out.

I can remember the Ash Wednesday fires from 1983, which were the most devastating fires in Australian history up until the past weekend. Having fellow students from my primary school not know if they had a home to go back to was pretty harrowing, as well as being able to see the flames and smoke from my front garden.

It can feel like there’s not much one can do directly, especially from this far away, but the Red Cross is there, providing meals and shelter for over 100,000 people displaced by the fires. There definitely is something one can do.