Target: Mike Baird, Premier of New South Wales
Goal: Don’t ease restrictions on land clearing to destroy koala habitats.
About 2.2 million hectares of koala habitat are under threat in New South Wales, Australia. This land is put under threat by the Baird government’s new conservation proposals, which would ease restrictions on land clearing, making it legal to clear more forestland and vegetation. About 8 million hectares of New South Wales would be legalized for clearing, more than one fourth of which would be prime Koala habitat.
Conservationists express fears that little will be done to protect the koalas, especially because the government has denied freedom of information requests regarding the proposals. While the government says its new proposals will actually encourage conservation through incentives for farmers, conservationists worry that the amount of land clearing that could occur under the new proposals would be unprecedented. Australia’s very diverse ecosystem has already been seriously damaged due to land clearing.
To engage in this practice further could irreparably damage the habitats of the many unique animals that call the nation home, including the koala. Sign the petition to demand that the Baird government revoke the environmental proposals it has introduced in order to better protect the habitat of the nation’s koala bears.
Dear Mr. Baird,
Australia is home to the world’s most exotic and majestic animals, animals that should be protected. However, a new proposal under your government would loosen restrictions on land clearing, threatening the existence of one of Austrialia’s most famous animals: the koala bear.
Over 2 million hectares of koala habitat would be destroyed due to this proposal. Australia has already experienced great environmental loss and destruction due to land clearing. It cannot afford to see another species suffer because of it. Please revoke the proposal your government has introduced so that the habitat of the koala bear can be protected and preserved.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Erik Veland