Target: Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change in Victoria, Australia
Goal: Repeal the policy that supports cutting down waterside vegetation and protect endangered species.
Large amounts of waterside vegetation will soon be removed from Victoria’s waterways, putting endangered species at risk. The Andrews government has enacted the new policy in response to a growing fear of bushfires. Demand that this policy be repealed in order to preserve waterways and the endangered species that use them.
“It’s very poor policy from a conservation perspective,” stated Melbourne University wetlands ecologist Joe Greet. He and several other water scientists are concerned that the proposed 32-foot limit on waterside vegetation would be inadequate for conservation and put the area’s endangered species at risk. Waterside vegetation not only houses these species but also preserves water quality by filtering agricultural runoff. In addition, waterside vegetation protects infrastructure by preventing erosion.
In response to the policy, the scientists proposed a 65 to 100-foot limit. They feel that this would address the bushfire problem while also protecting the waterways. However, critics feel that it is much easier and faster to fight a fire only 32 feet wide. Sign below to repeal this policy and protect endangered species.
Dear Minister D’Ambrosio,
A new policy plans to limit waterside vegetation to a 32-foot width on each side of Victoria’s waterways. This will put endangered species at risk and reduce water quality. We demand that you repeal this policy and compromise on a wider limit.
While we understand the concern regarding fighting bushfires, there are other factors that must be considered in making this decision. The Leadbeater possum and the helmeted honeyeater are two endangered species that reside in the area’s waterside vegetation. While their habitat is currently protected, scientists fear that drastically reducing the waterside vegetation around their habitat would put them at risk if bushfires were to occur.
We demand that you reconsider your stance on this limit in order to protect endangered species and preserve the quality of the waterways.
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