(TMU) — As Australia’s bushfire crisis continues to rage, devastating people and wildlife alike, some women have stepped forward with a winning idea: extinguish the fires with nude photos.
A number of women—including models, porn stars, and even sex workers—are spearheading a trend of sending nude photos to anyone who can prove that they’ve donated money to fire relief efforts in Australia.
This wave of erotic photos being used for an important cause was kicked off by Kaylen Ward, a 20-year-old model from Los Angeles who calls herself “The Naked Philanthropist.” Over the weekend, she shot to fame after announcing on Friday via Twitter that she would send a nude photo to anyone who offered proof that they had donated at least $10 to charities connected to the Australian bushfire crisis such as the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the Australian Red Cross.
She told BuzzFeed News:
“I was seeing all the posts on Twitter about the Australian fires and I was really concerned there wasn’t a lot of media coverage and not a lot of people donating.”
Her campaign was a major success, with her Twitter DMs quickly flooding with messages to such an extent that she had to hire a team of four people to sift through them and verify which donations were legitimate. By Monday, she had raised about $700,000. On Tuesday, she claimed that the figure was fast approaching $1 million.
And while Ward said that her campaign has resulted in her being disowned by her family, dumped by a crush, and deactivated by Instagram, she’s keeping a positive attitude because “f*** it, save the koalas.”
And now, others, including those in the online sex industry, are following her example and stepping forward to contribute nudes to the cause. This has included popular porn stars like Riley Reid and models with huge social media followings like Jenna Lee and Lena the Plug.
— Jenna Lee (@TheJennaLee_) January 6, 2020
For Lee, 30, Ward’s idea not only taps into major viral potential to raise donations through nudes—but it was also a surefire formula for fundraising success. She told VICE:
“Before I started my campaign, I went through the pros and cons before I moved forward—cons being potentially getting my account deleted or trolls using my images for blackmail.
I determined the climate and Australia are in such need that it was worth the repercussions.”
In a separate interview, she told National Post:
“We’re all real people with good hearts, so I just knew that this was going to blow up.
And it being totally in my realm of capabilities, I think it would have been a disservice not to do it.”
Since kicking off her own campaign on Saturday, Lee claims to have raised $40,000.
If you can’t donate $20 send me a screenshot of your donation (whatever amount, but at least $1) and I will send you a nude photo. ❤️
— LTP (@lenatheplug) January 5, 2020
Australia is currently struggling amid the worst fire season in the nation’s history, with at least 25 people killed and 2,000 homes destroyed.
At least 12.35 million acres of land have burned so far, according to officials. Over the weekend, an estimated 25,000 additional koalas burned to death when the fire extended to Kangaroo Island, potentially wiping out entire rare and endangered species.
While Ward deserves credit for helping sexy philanthropy go viral, Australia’s own sex workers have been using a similar strategy since last month to direct attention to the fires and assist firefighting efforts. Using the hashtag #HoesAgainstScoMo, they have voiced their anger at beleaguered Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
For Ward, it comes as no surprise that her campaign has inspired copycats across the sex industry. She said:
“I hate to say it, but sex sells. To produce it is free and it’s instant. It’s instant gratification.”
I saw first hand how horrid the #AustraliaFires are. People & animals are dying & losing their homes. Please help spread awareness & donate.
Email me proof of donation & I’ll send you personal photos &/or videos.https://t.co/h7E1GCkV0k
— Riley Reid (@rileyreidx3) January 6, 2020
As Marine Life Flees the Equator, Global Mass Extinction is Imminent: Scientists
The waters surrounding the equator are one of the most biodiverse areas in the globe, with the tropical area rich in marine life including rare sea turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and other creatures.
However, rampant rises in temperate have led to a mass exodus of marine species from the sensitive region – with grave implications for life on earth.
While ecologists have long seen the thriving biodiversity of equatorial species holding constant in the past few centuries, a new study by Australian researchers published in The Conversation has found that warming global temperatures are now hitting the equator hard, potentially leading to an unprecedented mass extinction event.
The researchers from the Universities of Auckland, Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast found that as waters surrounding the equator continue to heat up, the ecosystem is being disrupted and forcing species to flee toward the cooler water of the South and North Pole.
The massive changes in marine ecosystems that this entails will have a grave impact not only on ocean life – essentially becoming invasive species in their new homes – but also on the human livelihoods that depend on it.
“When the same thing happened 252 million years ago, 90 percent of all marine species died,” the researchers wrote.
To see where marine life is headed, the researchers tracked the distribution of about 49,000 different species to see what their trajectory was. The global distribution of ocean life typically resembles a bell curve, with far fewer species near the poles and more near the equator.
However, the vast alteration of the curve is already in motion as creatures flee to the poles, according to a study they published in the journal PNAS.
These changes augur major disruptions to global ecosystem as marine life scrambles in a chaotic fight for food, space, and resources – with a mass die-off and extinction of creatures likely resulting.
The research underscores the dire need for human societies to control rampant climate change before the biodiversity and ecological health of the planet is pushed past the point of no return.
Japan Says Dumping Fukushima Radioactive Water in Pacific Ocean is Now “Unavoidable”
While Japan last month marked the 10th anniversary of the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami with solemn ceremonies, the government has also been stressing the successes of its recovery efforts in the country’s northeast.
In truth, however, the country is still coping with the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, which has already cost Japan trillions of yen and whose exclusion zone will require up to 40 more years to fully rehabilitate.
And with contaminated water continuing to build up at the ruined Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says that the government must finally begin dumping it into the Pacific Ocean.
With nuclear waste and fuel rods still contaminating the area, over one million tons of radioactive waste water continue to seep from the facility, according to The Japan Times, forcing authorities into what Suga describes as the “unavoidable” position of having to dump the water.
Officials claim that the water would be purified to the maximum extent possible, but environmentalist groups like Greenpeace warn that the water contains hazardous material that could damage human DNA and the health of marine life.
Fishers also fear that consumers will refuse to buy fish caught in contaminated waters, worsening their plight amid a restriction of imports from Fukushima prefecture imposed by 15 countries and regions.
Regardless, authorities argue they must deal with the cards that have been dealt.
“What to do with the [treated] water is a task that the government can no longer put off without setting a policy,” Japanese trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said on Wednesday.
Suga is expected to formally decide on the course of action by next Tuesday. If he proceeds, authorities will dilute tritium to 2.5 percent of the maximum concentration allowed by the country before it is dumped.
But while Japanese officials say that the water will be safe, it remains an open question whether people will trust their word.
Crowds Flock to Lava-Spewing Volcanoes in Italy, Iceland and Guatemala to Get Closer View
The year 2021 has so far been a particularly active time for volcanic eruptions. In February and March, three spectacular volcanic eruptions have occurred: the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland, Mount Etna in Italy and Pacaya in Guatemala.
In each case, the eruptions have drawn large crowds of curious onlookers and sightseers.
In vivid video captured at Fagradalsfjall volcano on April 1, lava can be seen being spewed as amazed onlookers can be heard in the background. According to local reports, tens of thousands of people have been drawn to the area to view the eruption.
Iceland’s authorities are not anticipating evacuations due to the mile-and-a-half distance from the nearest road.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and as of now it is not considered a threat to surrounding towns,” said Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir. “We ask people to keep away from the immediate area and stay safe.”
Italy and Guatemala have also experienced a few volcanic eruptions this year.
On March 7, Sicilian villages were showered with ash and lava stone following the eruption of Mount Etna, which began its highly active phase in February.
The Pacaya volcano lying 30 miles south of the Guatemalan capital has also been extremely active since February.
Pacaya’s peak typically attracts tourists, but hikes are temporarily on hold due to the uptick in activity. Pacaya has a clear view of the nearby Volcano of Fire, whose lava flows in a 2018 eruption killed at least 110 people and left rougly 200 missing.
While volcano tourism provides a steady source of income for villages like nearby San Francisco de Sales, locals must balance this with the need to ensure their long-term safety.
So far, however, Pacaya has not yet injured locals.
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