This petition is to the Government of Queensland, and Care2.com's The Petition Site is running it.
The koala could go extinct within our lifetime, according to researchers. This is mainly because state governments have been much too lenient when it comes to clear-cutting in the koala's last remaining habitats.
For instance, between 2012 and 2016, five thousand koalas died becuase of habitat lost, and 94% of them died because of rural deforetation. Koalas in Queensland are losing ground to huge stores and skyscapers thanks to the threat of new developments.
Unfortunately, the previous premier rolled back tree-clearing laws.
The new premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk is thinking about introducing new measures which would put an end to endless destruction of the koalas habitat.
This petition is about speaking up for koalas, being their voice, and asking the Palaszcuk government to pass new tree-clearing restrictions today. The koalas can't speak up for themeslves - they have no voice. We need to be their voice instead.
Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.
I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you. Please share it with everyone you can.
The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet. It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish. I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself. Here it is:
It is often used as an “eco-friendly” alternative to fossil fuels – but every time a farmer sets fire to the rainforest and underlying peatlands in Borneo, it destroys one of the world’s largest natural carbon sinks. And it kills orangutans.
Borneo, an island located in Southeast Asia, is split between the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
Sign the petition to tell governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei to crack down on palm oil fires, and save the orangutans before it's too late!
Borneo orangutans cannot be found anywhere else on earth. If we don’t act, they won’t be found in Borneo, either.
Governments are fighting back. The EU is very worried about this deforestation and it is phasing out palm-oil based biofuels for now. Indonesia is contesting this decision at the World Trade Organisation, and hoping it will make the EU back down and change its mind.
Luckily, some governments are fighting back. The European Union is particularly concerned about this deadly and rampant deforestation, and it is phasing out palm-oil based biofuels for the time being. Indonesia has responded by contesting this decision at the World Trade Organization, hoping to force the EU to back down and change its mind.
All you have to do is to spend £40 or more, and Green People will plant a tree. The World Land Trust know what they are doing. Since they were founded, they have planted over 2.3 million trees worldwide. And they work with local conservation groups to help save land for wildlife; their current appeal is to save forest and a wildlife corridor in Colombia. You can find out more here.
Now, this is only available on 21 March 2020 - but Green People are doing this sustainability offer one Saturday a month in 2020. Sign up for their newsletter and you can discover more about them and their offers and how they work.
The 21st March is International Day of Forests, so that's even more reason to give your support to the World Land Trust!
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One of the things Deborah said in the email she’d sent us was that she thinks the issues we are facing – the wildfires around the world and the coronavirus – stem in part from our lack of respect for the natural world, our lack of care for animals and our need to develop at all costs.
I agree. I remember once reading a phrase, Look after the earth and she will look after you. Well, we have not looked after the world and she is finding it increasingly difficult to look after us. We reap what we sow. As Deborah says, we do not respect our planet, our forests, our rivers, our oceans. We exploit them and abuse them far too much.
My hope is that this virus will give us all the chance to reflect on what really matters and that it will give the planet a chance to do some healing. We need to look at how we are living and what we are doing, and really start thinking about what we want going forward.
The 21st March is International Day of Forests.
We need to love our forests around the world and to care for them like never before.
We are dependent on them.
Without forests that are in good health, we cannot be healthy. They are the lungs of our planet.
Without oceans and rivers that are in good health, we cannot be healthy. They are our blood supply.
Without air that is clean, we cannot be healthy.
Without biodiversity, the right balance of species across the planet – I include humans in that – we cannot be healthy. Every species has its place in nature – she has planned things pretty carefully and we are destroying that balance through activities dedicated to our own ends.
So back to our Koalas. Will you help put pressure on the Australian government to nudge them in the right direction and protect the koala, with the Koala Protection Act? Protect one species and you protect far more.