Following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, donations have been pouring in. While the fire was only a few short days ago, the Notre Dame Cathedral has seen $1 billion fundraised to rebuild the historic monument. However, not everyone is happy about this. People are now turning to social media to express their outrage and concern.
On April 15, 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames. Regarded as a historical and religious landmark, this loss has devastated many around the world.
Shortly after the fire, Canadians were quick to pour in their condolences. The same day, the French President also announced that he would be launching an international fundraiser to rebuild the cathedral.
In order to attempt to rebuild a bit of the history that has been destroyed, the French Heritage Society (FHS) has begun accepting donations. “Protecting the architectural legacy of France is at the very heart of our mission, and we must provide whatever aid we can to this cherished monument in a time of dire need,” writes the FHS.
The Notre Dame Fire Restoration Fund was established by the FHS shortly after the fire. While their website does not disclose how much they have raised, Global reported that $1 billion has been donated to rebuilding the cathedral so far.
This is not the first time the FHS has raised money for an “emergency fund.” During Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and France’s centennial flooding in 2016, the FHS raised funds for providing critical support to the victims. Previous campaigns have raised upwards of $200,000.
The FHS is not the only outlet campaigning for the rebuilding of the cathedral. GoFundMe is currently showing nearly 200 fundraiser results for “Notre Dame Cathedral fire.” These campaigns are asking for donations anywhere from $10,000 to $10 million.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is also actively pushing the restoration of the cathedral. According to a public statement, Macron aims to rebuild the cathedral in just five years.
While the world has undoubtedly rallied behind the rebuilding of the 12th-century landmark, others are not as thrilled. Many people have taken to social media to express their concern and outrage about the money raised and the rebuilding deadline.
A large number of people were quick to point out that the money was raised in just a few days time. Because of this, people are wondering why this money could not be raised previously throughout the course of history when disasters have occurred. Some people have touched on the Flint water crisis, poverty, and world hunger as examples regarding where the funding may be better suited.
Many are wondering what problems we could solve in the world should we all rally together with this massive amount of money. It has also raised some to think about what could be done should the world’s richest companies and individuals rally behind a joint cause.
On the morning of April 17, 2019, just days after the fire, cranes and delivery trucks with wood were seen rolling onto the site of the cathedral to begin the rebuilding process.