PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As bushfires wipe out entire ecosystems in Australia, one Portland artist is doing her part to help protect affected wildlife.
The fires have torched more than 17 million acres of land and killed about half a billion creatures.
Arrowyn Craban Lauer of Little Gold Fox Designs created a custom koala wood print using eco-friendly materials. Her husband Henry is from Australia and Lauer said she’s gained a special relationship with the people and animals on the continent.
Lauer felt powerless to help when she first heard about the fires. But then she had an idea.
“It’s really easy to just be paralyzed with it. I stopped and I was like, ‘Hey, I can do something about this,'” she told KOIN 6 News. “It might already be too late but there’s no reason not to try.”
Lauer is donating all proceeds from sales of the print on Etsy to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation.