Celebrities used the Golden Globe Awards as a platform to push for climate change reform and bring attention to Australian bushfires
Celebrities used the Golden Globe's stage to speak out against climate change and the devastating bushfires that are currently raging across Australia. Australia is currently facing its worst bushfires season in history. Hundreds of fires across the country have claimed at least 24 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and killed millions of animals. Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Patricia Arquette, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Pierce Brosnan, and Ellen DeGeneres all called attention to the bushfires during the awards ceremony. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Celebrities used the Golden Globe's stage to speak out against climate change and the devastating bushfires that are currently raging across Australia. Australia is currently facing its worst bushfires season in history. Hundreds of fires across the country have claimed at least 24 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and killed millions of animals. Far away from Australia, celebrities used their star power to draw attention to the issue during the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Actress Cate Blanchett called the bushfires a "global disaster" while presenting an award. Bushfires in Blanchett's home state of Victoria have killed at least two people and destroyed the coastal town of Mallacoota. "There are a lot of Australians in the room tonight, and I know we're all very grateful for the callouts to our fellow compatriots who are suffering under the bushfires, so thank you," she said. "I wanted to do a special callout to the volunteer firefighters who have been at the center of battling the climate disaster that is facing Australia." "And, of course, when one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster, so we are in it together," Blanchett added.
👋Tonight👋To @jkenney & all other Climate Change Ignorers‘When one country faces a Climate Disaster, we all face a Climate Disaster’👏Cate Blanchett talks the Australia climate disaster during the Golden Globes and makes a call out for the world to hear👋#GoldenGIobes pic.twitter.com/GneyACMK0Q — BabyAlbertaYoda (@SpunkyAlternate) January 6, 2020
Fellow actor Russell Crowe, who grew up in Sydney, Australia, also delivered a message at the Golden Globes calling for greater action to fight climate change. Crowe won best actor for his portrayal of Roger Ailes in "The Loudest Voice," though he was unable to accept the award because he was back home in New South Wales with his family as they prepared for the latest round of bushfires. Actress Jennifer Anniston delivered a message on his behalf. "Make no mistake the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change based," Crowe said. "We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is."
Russell Crowe sent this message. 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/VMbkftI922 — Helen Skouteris (@HSkouteris) January 6, 2020
Several other celebrities also discussed the fires, which have burned more than twice as much land as the summer's Amazon blazes, during the event. Actress Patricia Arquette, who won best supporting actress for her role in "The Act," called attention to Australia as a continent "on fire," and urged people to give future generations "a better world" during her acceptance speech. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who won best actress for her comedy "Fleabag," said she would be auctioning the suit she wore to the awards ceremony in order to raise money for relief in Australia.
#Fleabag Best Actress Winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge is auctioning off the designer suit she wore to the #GoldenGlobes. Benefits will go toward relief in Australia. pic.twitter.com/OsMn9lVcY0 — AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) January 6, 2020
Pierce Brosnan shared well wishes to those in Australia while introducing his children as Golden Globe ambassadors. "All of us at the Golden Globes and the HFPA send our thoughts to the people affected by the bushfires in Australia — stay strong. We're with you, God bless," he said on stage. And Ellen DeGeneres, who won the Carol Burnett Award, honored Australia in her acceptance speech. "Australia I love you. My heart goes out to everyone suffering in Australia, all the animals that we've lost." Bushfires in Australia are very common during the hotter spring and summer months, though scientists have said that Australia's fire season is beginning earlier and becoming more extreme as a result of climate change. Ecologists from the University of Sydney have estimated that nearly 500 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have been killed in the bushfires since the season started in September. Numerous outlets have described the fires as pushing the country to the brink of a humanitarian crisis. On Monday local time, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged a $2 billion bushfire recovery fund, which will assist in rebuilding devastated areas over the next two years. "This money will go towards supporting small businesses, supporting local councils, providing mental health support, investment in social and economic infrastructure, as well as providing environmental protection and protection for native wildlife, which has been so badly hit by these tragic fires," Morrison said at a press conference. "It is important to understand that this money will help rebuild lives and restore livelihoods. This money will help communities get back on their feet after these devastating fires."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from Vietnam
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