Save the Southern Black-Throated Finch

Target: Paul de Jersey, Queensland Governor

Goal: Don’t build mines in the last habitat for the southern black-throated finch.

New mines may soon be built through a large portion of the remaining southern black-throated finch habitat. The new mines, which will be open faced, will cover 60 percent of the total remaining habitat for these birds, which face extinction from factors ranging from habitat loss to agriculture and development.

The finch has already lost 80 percent of its habitat due to agriculture and development. Losing another 60 percent of the remaining territory will tip the scales against these birds. Of the area planned on being mined, as much as half would be near the Galilee Basin. The basin is the prime habitat for the finches, and the loss of it would radically reduce their numbers.

The government’s plan is to offset the damage to the species, a strategy that typically fails at preservation. In order to properly offset the destruction of finch habitat, equally high quality habitat would need to be set up. Even in the unlikely case that the offset is as high quality, the initial loss will have resounding damage on finch populations. The best and only way to preserve a species is to leave its territory intact.

By signing this petition below you will pressure on Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey to halt plans for mining operations in a crucial habitat for the black-throated finch.


Dear Governor de Jersey,

Plans to destroy 60 percent of the remaining southern black-throated finch habitat by building mines will put the species many steps closer to extinction. The finch has already lost 80 percent of its habitat to development and agriculture. The species cannot afford to lose 60 percent of what is left. The mining operations will push the finch significantly closer to the brink of extinction.

Losing half the Galilee Basin to mining will do irreparable damage to the species’ likelihood of survival. Offset measures fall short, failing to properly preserve a species. A focus on preservation means leaving the habitats preserved, and that is what the southern black-throated finch needs right now more than anything.

Reconsider permitting open-faced mining operations to destroy 60 percent of the remaining southern black-throated finch territory.


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