Target: Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird
Goal: Don’t allow millions of acres of fragile koala habitat to be destroyed.
The government of New South Wales, Australia is poised to implement a raft of policies that may result in the destruction of 2.2 million hectares of koala habitats. Between 1991 and 2010 the state’s koala population has declined by 30 percent due to a number of factors, including habitat loss. Logging in native forests accounts for a sizeable portion of habitat loss, partially because koalas seem to prefer established forest; however, land clearance on private property is also a factor. The proposals, which weaken regulations on the clearance of forest and vegetation and renew a logging agreement with the federal government, may well accelerate the process.
Koalas have a conservation status of threatened and further loss of their habitat combined with challenges such as climate change will exacerbate the species’ precarious situation. Furthermore, many other species share habitats with koalas and will be threatened by further land clearances and logging. Sign our petition and demand the New South Wales government act to protect koala habitats and prevent biodiversity loss.
Dear Premier Baird,
I was dismayed to hear that your government is planning to weaken land clearance regulations throughout New South Wales. I believe these moves are shortsighted and, while they may lead to short-term economic gain it will be at the cost of long-term catastrophe for people in New South Wales.
In the medium term, however, I believe that these moves will threaten wildlife including Koalas. As you know, koala populations in New South Wales declined by 30 percent between 1991 and 2010. This decline was partially due to habitat loss. It is estimated that loosening regulations on private land clearance and continuing the logging in native forests will result in 2.2 million hectares of habitat loss. Koalas are already a threatened species and if we stay this course they will soon be endangered.
According to a recent Living Planet Report, humans wiped out 60 percent of the world’s wildlife in the last 40 years. Koalas may be the most iconic animal threatened by weakening environmental regulations but they are not the only species threatened. I urge you to preserve the natural biodiversity of New South Wales and drop any plans to deregulate private land clearance. Furthermore, I urge you not to renew agreements allowing the logging of native forests.
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Photo Credit: Erik Veland