Together, we can turn the tide on Australia’s extinction crisis
BREAKING NEWS: The government has rejected the EPBC Act review’s recommendation to strengthen our nature laws through the creation of an ‘independent cop’.
Act now, before it’s all gone. We don’t have a moment to lose.
We need our local politicians to urge the federal government to improve the laws that are meant to protect our wildlife and their homes. Will you ask your local politician to stand with us?
Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate of any country in the world, and the bushfires of summer 2019-20 have only made it much worse. Over 12 million hectares of vital bushland and habitat were destroyed in the fires that swept across our country and nearly 3 billion animals impacted by the blazes.
But we have a once-in-10-year opportunity to turn things around for our struggling Aussie wildlife.
Right now, the Australian Government is reviewing our nature laws - The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999.
The review’s interim report has stated that our laws are currently failing our wildlife and their homes. The review recommended the creation of an ‘independent cop’ to ensure Australia’s flagship environment laws are properly enforced; however the government has rejected this recommendation.
This matters, because in 13 years, 1 million hectares of likely or know threatened species habitat was destroyed for agriculture development without authorisation in Queensland and New South Wales.
It’s clear the government needs to do more – much more - to protect our wildlife and the places we love before we lose more of our precious animals forever.
We urgently need to send a strong message to our leaders calling on them to support the review’s recommendation for an independent agency to ensure every Australian, business and industry is doing the right thing for nature. Send a message to your local politician to help end Australia’s wildlife extinction crisis before it’s too late.
WWF-Australia is working with the Australian Conservation Foundation, The Wilderness Society, Birdlife and Humane Society International to stop the roll-back of Australia’s environment laws. Together we are taking a stand for wildlife and the places we love before it’s all gone.