From Bernie Sanders to Bette Midler: The world reacts to the bushfires

Figures from across the globe are weighing in on Australia's bushfire crisis, with many directing criticism at Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Some of the people who have tweeted about the Australian bushfires.

Some of the people who have tweeted about the Australian bushfires. Source: Getty

The world has taken to social media to express horror and condolences for those affected by the Australian bushfires.

Personalities across the political spectrum, from legislators to entertainers have used various platforms to react to the "unfathomable loss and destruction".


At least 19 people have died and more than 1400 homes have been destroyed this fire season as flames leave their mark on more than five million hectares.

Many observers have made the connection between Australia's bushfires and climate change.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said, "with Australia on fire and the Arctic in meltdown, it's clear we're in a climate emergency".

Fellow high-profile Democrat and climate campaigner Al Gore made a similar point, saying "the bushfires in Australia represent a startling climate catastrophe unfolding before us".

The sentiment was shared by US presidential-hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders.

"What is happening in Australia today will become increasingly common around the world if we do not aggressively combat climate change and transform our energy system away from fossil fuels," he said.

In another tweet he said, "I say to those who are delaying action on climate change: Look at the blood-red sky and unbreathable air in Australia because of raging forest fires".

Actress Bette Middler had some harsh words for Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"Pity the poor Australians, their country ablaze, and their rotten Scott Morrison saying, 'this is not the time to talk about climate change, we have to grow our economy.' What an idiot," she said, before slamming the PM with even stronger language.

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But it was not just progressives who weighed in.

Conservative UK commentator Piers Morgan has tweeted a number of times.

"Half a billion animals killed by the Australian bush fires. So far. Kangaroos, koalas, wombats, possums, cockatoos... all manner of species. A staggering, terrible tragedy," he said.

Mr Morgan then went on to criticise Mr Morrison, .

Paul Stanley of the band Kiss said, "the fires in Australia are causing unfathomable loss and destruction. My heartfelt prayers for everyone enduring this catastrophe".

American pop star Halsey, who was due to play at the cancelled Falls Festival, featured in a last-minute benefit show for firefighters.

She went on to tweet that Australia "means the world to me and the people here have touched my heart forever".

And English alt-popper Yungblud shared footage where he made his thoughts on the PM clear.

Content warning: this video contains explicit language.

3 min read
Published 3 January 2020 at 1:21pm
By SBS News
Source: SBS