Russell Crowe has used his Golden Globe win to highlight the “tragedy unfolding” as bushfires continue to ravish Australia.
The New Zealand-born star, who has lived most of his life in Australia, won Best Actor for the Showtime series “The Loudest Voice”.
However he missed out on the event to instead stay at home to help fight the fires, sending an impactful message on social media.
In a video shared to his Twitter page, Crowe showed the details of his truck for “when things get crazy”, containing a water tank, fire blankets, spare hoses and other fire-fighting equipment, along with his shiny Golden Globe on the seat inside the vehicle.
One follower said in response: “Congratulations and thank you for your important statement and your active work helping with these awful fires. All really important.”
Making a statement on his behalf at the ceremony, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon said: “Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change based”.
Image: Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston made a statement on behalf of Russell Crowe at the Golden Globes
Another star to get behind Australia was British writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is reportedly planning to auction off her Golden Globes suit to raise money to fight the wildfires.
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The Fleabag star, who won the award for Best Actress in a comedy or musical television series, is said to have made the announcement backstage.
“Backstage: Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she is auctioning off her Ralph & Russo #GoldenGlobes suit to raise money for the Australia wildfires,” reporter Andrea Mandell tweeted.
She added that Waller-Bridge said: “The money that is raised will go towards relief in Australia.”
Image: Phoebe Waller-Bridge is reportedly auctioning her suit to raise money to fight the Australia wildfires
Meanwhile, Australia’s government has said it is willing to pay “whatever it takes” to help communities recover from the devastating wildfires.
So far, the fires have killed at least 24 people and destroyed around 2,000 homes.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was committing an extra two billion Australian dollars (£1bn) toward the recovery effort in addition to the tens of millions of dollars that has already been promised.
He said: “The fires are still burning. And they’ll be burning for months to come.
“And so that’s why I outlined today that this is an initial, an additional, investment of $2 billion. If more is needed and the cost is higher, then more will be provided.”
Image: The fires are showing few signs of abating
Image: A kangaroo escapes the flames in Colo Heights
Mr Morrison’s announcement came as authorities said two more people were missing in remote parts of New South Wales.
Rain and cooler temperatures were bringing some measure of relief for parts of the country battling wildfires.
Rain brings some relief to scorched areas of Australia
However the rainfall was also making it a challenge for fire crews to complete strategic burns as they attempted to prepare for higher temperatures that have been forecast for later in the week.
The wildfires have so far scorched an area more than twice the size of Belgium, and more than 135 fires were still burning across the state.
Image: Many firefighters are volunteers
The Rural Fire Service warns that the rain will not put out the largest and most dangerous blazes before conditions deteriorate again this week.
Mr Morrison announced on Saturday he would dispatch 3,000 army, navy and air force reservists to help battle the fires, and also committed 20 million Australian dollars to lease firefighting aircraft from overseas.
Scientists say there is no doubt man-made global warming has majorly played a role in the fires.
Source : Sky News