Immediate stop to habitat destruction

Immediate stop to habitat destruction

1 February 2020
Signatures: 42,456Next goal: 50,000
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Started by Rachael Hogarth

12-14 km west of Portland. Some of the hundreds of koalas killed during clearing of bluegum plantation . Latest report suggests 500 koalas have been bulldozed into slash piles. Ready for burning.
STOP HABITAT DESTRUCTION IMMEDIATELY. Our wildlife are struggling, many on the brink of extinction. THIS IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE! These companies and our government should be held accountable. 
we can no longer sit back and watch what is left of our country be destroyed in the name of the dollar. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! 

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The scale of the problem has tripled in just three years, with woodland and forest loss at nearly 300,000 hectares per year, according to the government’s latest figures – putting Australia amongst the world’s worst deforestation hotspots.Much of that is habitat for threatened species like koalas. concerns include the impacts of deforestation on climate. In addition to the carbon emissions from tree clearing, research has shown that loss of bushland form eastern Australia has increased temperatures and reduced rainfall. This made droughts worse and reduced the ability of species to adapt to climate change, the statement said. For so many scientists from across the region and the world to come together and make a statement such as this highlights the crucial importance of this issue. Associate Professor Maron said the scientific community’s statement also reflected widespread concern over proposed changes to biodiversity laws in New South Wales. The scale of the problem has tripled in just three years, with woodland and forest loss at nearly 300,000 hectares per year, putting Australia amongst the world’s worst deforestation hotspots. “The proposed laws will increase the opportunity to clear habitat, risking New South Wales following a similar path to Queensland. The path we are on is utterly unsustainable,”

There is a “extinction crisis unfolding in plain sight” in Australia. More than 50 animal and 60 plant species have been lost, with Australia recording the highest rate of mammalian extinction in the world over the last 200 years. There’s more to come. Conservative estimates put more than 1,800 plant and animal species and woodlands, forests and wetlands at risk of extinction due to the intertwined pressures of climate change, land use practices, habitat loss and invasive species. The downward trend could be stopped, say conservationists, but only if there is meaningful government intervention. The Australian Conservation Foundation’s James Trezise told Guardian Australia: “From a conservation standpoint we know what needs to happen, but it seems there isn’t the political will to get us there.”


One of the main threats to Australia’s biodiversity is habitat loss, and land-clearing is happening at a staggering rate. Projections suggest that 3m hectares of untouched forest will have been bulldozed in eastern Australia by 2030, thanks to a thriving livestock industry and governments that refuse to step in.

Funding for national parks, often a sanctuary for threatened species, has been slashed at both the state and federal levels and the creation of new national parks has stalled.

Regional forestry agreements have also not helped to protect the many forest-dwelling species facing extinction. The Wilderness Society found that 48 federally-listed threatened species of forest-dwelling vertebrate fauna live in areas subject to state-run logging operations.

In Australia, of the 1,250 plant and 390 terrestrial animal species listed as threatened, 964 plants and 286 animals have deforestation and resulting habitat fragmentation or degradation listed as threats. These include Carnaby’s cockatoo, southern cassowary, Bennet’s tree kangaroo, Cape York rock-wallaby, and black-flanked rock-wallaby, as well as the iconic koala, recently listed as vulnerable to extinction in Queensland and New South Wales.


Around 5,000 square kilometres of virgin bushland and advanced regrowth are destroyed annually. In addition to wiping out native wildlife, it is the major cause of salinity and causes around 14% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions  

Australia has lost 25% rainforest, 45% of open forest, 32% woodland forest and 30% of mallee forest in 200 years 
The effect of these changes has been considerable. Around 20% of Australian mammals, 7% of reptiles, 13% of birds are listed as Extinct, Endangered or Vulnerable.  
More than 100 species have gone extinct in NSW in the last 200 years
Australia has one of the highest rates of tree clearing of any developed country historically. In the past, we’ve bulldozed more bush each year than poverty-stricken countries like Burma, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and the Congo.                                              
Currently, 1,000 animal and plant species are at risk of extinction—including the koala.   

In 2017–18, the woody vegetation clearing rate in Queensland was 392,000* hectares per year—over four and a half times what it was in 2009.4    2009–2010: 83,000 hectares  2010–2011: 92,000 hectares  2011–2012: 155,000 hectares   2012–2013: 261,000 hectares   2013–2014: 295,000 hectares  2014–2015: 296,000 hectares 2015–2016: 390,000 hectares 2016–2017: 356,000 hectares 2017–2018: 392,000 hectares
In New South Wales, the government has followed Queensland's lead by ripping up its native vegetation laws.   
Meanwhile in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, plans are afoot for massive destruction in the Kimberley and Keep River regions for industrial agricultural schemes.

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Signatures: 42,456Next goal: 50,000
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