Let’s End Australia’s Extinction Crisis
UPDATE: The EPBC Act interim report is due to be released in the coming days. The report will reveal whether key findings and recommendations will be enough to stop Australia’s extinction crisis. Stay tuned.
The future of Australia’s native wildlife is on the brink, and recent bushfires of summer 2019 have only made it much worse. We estimate 1.25 billion animals have been killed by the blazes. This might just be the last straw for some of our most threatened wildlife already at risk of being lost forever.
Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate of any country in the world. In the last decade, three of Australia’s native species have gone extinct and hundreds more are on the verge of extinction, including the iconic koala.
Since 2018, we’ve reported that koalas were on track to becoming extinct in NSW by 2050 if nothing was done.
But, we have a rare opportunity to change the course of history. Right now, the Australian Government is running a once-in-10-year review of Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation laws (EPBC Act 1999). Our government has an opportunity to take a stand for nature and humanity, and demonstrate leadership to fix what is broken.
We are expecting the interim report to be released any day now.
Here’s just one reason why it’s so important. The EPBC Act is supposed to protect the homes and habitats of our most threatened species, but in the 20 years since the laws were passed more than 7.7 million hectares of threatened species habitat has been destroyed – that’s an area bigger than the whole of Tasmania.
Our environmental laws are failing to protect our wildlife and the places we love.
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. Urgent change is needed before it’s too late.
Together, we can stop Australia’s extinction crisis.