Prime Minister: Don't destroy pristine rainforest for the sake of a mine
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Christmas Island is an extraordinary ecological paradise, often referred to as the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean", yet it has an appalling extinction record.
Over the last 200 years, humans have caused 80% of the island’s native mammals & reptiles to go extinct. Now, its unique bird life could soon be next.
Christmas Island is home to the only breeding and nesting sites for two of the world's rarest seabirds – the Endangered Abbott's Booby and Critically Endangered Christmas Island Frigatebird. Both species rely on the island’s tall rainforest trees to nest and raise their young.
A mining exploration license within this pristine rainforest is currently being considered by the Australian Government, with a decision expected in the coming weeks.
If approved, this could set in train further mining activities that would push already endangered birds closer to the brink of extinction, and potentially destroy future nature tourism opportunities.
In 2007, then Environment Minister, Malcolm Turnbull rejected the expansion of mining on Christmas Island to protect the plants and animals that call it home.
We’re calling on Malcolm Turnbull to uphold his decision, and commit to safeguarding this unique rainforest habitat by ending mining on Christmas Island for good.
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