California, as you know, is suffering from wildfires that are even worse due to the effects of climate change.
The group Atheists United is running a fundraiser right now that will help vulnerable communities in the short term as the group continues preparing for the long-term. The money they raise right now will go specifically to the Latino Community Foundation and the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program.
In 2020: 6000+ structures have been destroyed, at least 25 people are dead, fire-related air pollution is being breathed by millions of people, causing serious health risks, more than 3.4M acres have burned across the state and 17,400 firefighters remain on the frontlines, representing the largest mobilization of fire crews in CA history.
The magnitude and duration of the impacts are much more severe for marginalized communities. Emergency response and recovery efforts are failing to direct resources to those most adversely affected by the impacts of wildfires, including residents already facing economic hardship, racial discrimination, exploitation, incarceration, language barriers, and fear of deportation.
Atheists United is committed to taking action to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis. At a time when the hostility to science displayed by Christian nationalists is causing demonstrable suffering and death for millions of people, AU will be working to build a robust Atheist Climate Crisis Recovery program in the coming months, partnering with local communities on wildfire mitigation efforts, planning for climate refugees, and continuing to advocate for sound public policy.
There are obviously many non-profits you can support that are doing good work. But if being part of a larger atheist community inspires you to give more, please consider this fundraiser. Just to be clear, the beneficiaries are not necessarily atheists. This is simply non-religious people doing what they can to help those in need. We have to help each other. There’s no supernatural option awaiting us.