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To: Australian governments at all levels

Legislate to curb Australia's accelerating rate of land clearing

Legislate to curb Australia's accelerating rate of land clearing

Dear Ministers,

The following community members call on governments at all levels to heed the open letter from over 300 scientists, released on 10 March 2019, which calls for "Australian governments at all levels to return to, or pass new, effective legislation, supported by sound regulations, to protect native vegetation from broad-scale land-clearing."

Why is this important?

Australia remains a global deforestation hotspot, and areas across the country are increasingly affected by intense fires, record temperatures and drought. Land clearing is harming Australian industry and society, as well as the flora and fauna that are directly affected. Over 300 scientists recently called on governments at all levels to take action to curb land clearing and native habitat destruction in Australia. Concerned Australians can amplify the scientists' message by supporting this campaign.

The original open letter can be read here: https://www.ecolsoc.org.au/scientists-declaration-strong-legislation-needed-curb-australias-accelerating-rate-land-clearing

This interview with Euan Ritchie sets out the issues clearly: http://thewire.org.au/story/experts-call-for-dramatic-decrease-in-land-clearing/

And this article in The Conversation sets out the reasons why urgent action is required at all levels of government: https://theconversation.com/to-reduce-fire-risk-and-meet-climate-targets-over-300-scientists-call-for-stronger-land-clearing-laws-113172

(NB Image courtesy of Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO).)

How it will be delivered

Signatures will be emailed.


Reasons for signing

  • Because this is not only destroying very valuable and often ancient flora, it is destroying atmospheric filters. What right have we to do this horrendous act.
  • We can only stop extinction of our beautiful birds and animals by saving their habitat.
  • Existing laws against land clearing in NSW were revoked last year and this is nothing short of a tragedy - it is accelerating subdivisions, the clearing of healthy forests on the edges of National Parks and it stimulates rushed and short sighted development or every kind

Updates

2019-03-30 09:26:46 +1100

500 signatures reached

2019-03-14 18:32:40 +1100

100 signatures reached

2019-03-14 12:51:42 +1100

50 signatures reached

2019-03-13 22:18:50 +1100

25 signatures reached

2019-03-13 21:27:44 +1100

10 signatures reached