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Chris Hemsworth donating $1 million for Australian bush fire relief

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Posted at 7:53 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 10:03:20-05

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth will donate $1 million to help crews fight the wildfires in Australia.

Hemsworth made the announcement Monday in an Instagram post, along with a video addressing his concerns about the devastating fires.

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He also showed appreciation for those who have already helped.

"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," his caption reads, in part. "Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya."

Singer Pink, Australian actress Nicole Kidman and musician husband Keith Urban have donated $500,000 each to the cause.

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Many have also called attention to the affects of climate change and global warming for accelerating the spread of bushfires.

"Approaches that ignore the fact that the climate is changing and the odds that these kinds of hazards like wildfires, like heat waves, like heavy rainfall, like extreme storm surge flooding -- not acknowledging that these hazards are changing is a recipe for continuing to be exposed to these kinds of unprecedented conditions,” Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate researcher and earth system science professor at Stanford University, told ABC News.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Here are two more resources people can give to and know their donations will make a direct impact in Australia.

Go to fundraise.redcross.org.au/ to donate to Australian Red Cross' Disaster Relief and Recovery.

Go to wires.org.au to donate to WIRES, an organization committed to helping the wildlife in Australia.

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