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Secular Fundraising to Protect Public Against South African Fire


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/10/29

South Africa, ethnically, divides into the coloureds, the whites (Afrikaners), and black South Africans. Several sectors of the nation split along these lines.

Some based on Dutch colonialism in the past. One Dutch coastal city in the Western Cape of South Africa is called George. There has been a major recent and emergent issue.

That is, the ongoing fires there. Living in British Columbia, Canada, we have had climate change/global warming exacerbated fires within our area of the world.

Image Credit: Gayleen Cornelius & Takudzwa Mazwienduna.

It creates a panic in the public, destroys assets of the state and the public, and can even kill many people. This coastal city is prone to veld fires during the summer months. Why?

Because of the intense heat waves, which global warming makes worse. This has become a natural disaster in George. Now, the fire continues to grow with several neighbourhoods evacuated.

The forests around George, mainly, are pine, which simply becomes kindling for the fire to spread as fast and far as possible. The relevant authorities, the firefighters, have been working to prevent the excess spreading of the fire.

Image Credit: Gayleen Cornelius & Takudzwa Mazwienduna.

The firefighters have been working for the past couple of days. They main goal is to prevent the fire from getting too out of control. But looking at the images, it seems quite severe.

Many people are migrating from some cities to safer cities, which is creating a need for resources for the individuals struck by the fire, e.g., the need for food, water, and so on.

Image Credit: Gayleen Cornelius & Takudzwa Mazwienduna.

Christians have been capitalizing on this. That is to say, the Christian charity has, in part, been driven to be a form of marketing and advertising for the local Christian authorities rather than out of pure charity and goodness of will and heart.

They have been making donations. Now, it may be time for humanists and atheists to match these efforts. Because, regardless, we have populations in need to help the firefighters in their battle against the rising tide of flames.

A cooperative effort between the faithful and faithless would be a positive effort in the world and go against the notion that the faithless cannot be good without God.

Image Credit: Gayleen Cornelius & Takudzwa Mazwienduna.


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