Stand up to Australia's extinction crisis!
This year, the publication of a sobering report by a UN scientific panel reported that one million animal and plant species worldwide face extinction. It said:
“Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely”.
They warn this is a dangerous, unprecedented decline, and complacency is not the answer. As a global hotspot for biodiversity, with a shameful record to date on extinctions, Australia has a critical role to play.
Since European settlement we have left 92 species extinctions in our wake, 55 animal species, and 37 plant species. Each of these species was one of a kind and is gone forever. Australia’s wildlife face many challenges, as we confront the fact that Australia has one of the worst extinction rates on the planet.
The federal law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is currently undergoing it’s 20 year review. This provides a critical opportunity to develop stronger laws to tackle the current extinction crisis and ensure science prevails over politics. Scientists have joined the call and are now speaking out urging the Prime Minister to ensure the outcomes of the review protect and restore nature across Australia and end the extinction crisis.
We need your help to tell your local MP that you want them to stand up to Australia’s extinction crisis and help put the extinction crisis in reverse.
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Dear local MP,
I am writing to urge you to ensure every action is taken to protect our environment and the wildlife that live in it.
I was alarmed to hear of the report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) which documented the unprecedented rate of decline of nature globally, with the extinction rate accelerating. The report noted that unless transformative change is taken this extinction crisis we are facing will have grave impacts on people throughout the world.
In Australia we are particularly at risk from these threats, and it is clear that action needs to be taken now as set out in the recent ABC Four Corners ‘Extinction Nation’ report. I am therefore writing to you to urge you to ensure that the laws that protect our precious wildlife are not weakened. I want to see stronger environment laws that will provide the federal leadership needed to tackle the challenges our wildlife now faces. It is essential that decisions on our most threatened wildlife is based on the best available science, and not be subject to political interference. Substantial funding must also be made available to deal with the scale of the extinction crisis we are facing as a nation with an already shameful extinction record.