Guardian: Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett use Golden Globes speeches to link Australian fires to climate crisis

Other celebrities, including Patricia Arquette and Ellen DeGeneres, draw attention to bushfires and urge viewers to donate

Fire and politics take centre stage at Golden Globes – video (see through link at bottom).

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett have used their Golden Globes speeches to highlight Australia’s bushfire crisis, and the link between climate change and worsening bushfires.

The unprecedented fire season has so far burned through 8.4 million hectares across Australia, destroyed thousands of homes and killed 23 people.

On Sunday night, Australian actors thanked volunteer firefighters and drew attention to the “climate disaster” that has made the country’s fire season longer and more intense.

Crowe won best actor in a limited series or motion picture made for TV for his performance as Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice.

But the Australian actor, whose home in Nana Glen in New South Wales was hit by fires in November, did not attend the ceremony because he was with his family preparing for the latest bushfires.

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