Protect Australia’s Endangered Mountain Bells from Extinction

Target: Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment, Australia

Goal: Protect the endangered mountain bell flower after deadly fires ravaged its habitat.

The most beautiful flower in Australia, and perhaps the world, faces grave danger and may soon disappear forever. Australia’s deadly bushfires have destroyed a large portion of the mountain bell population, a multi-colored flower over 16 million years old. To lose a species with such rich history would be tragic. Demand its protection.

The mountain bell is found only in southern Australia. Found in colors of yellow, red, and green, the plant somehow made its way across the continent’s barren desert. In a unique twist, birds are the species’ main pollinator. After Australia’s recent bushfires, however, many of the plants were destroyed. Now, conservationists say they need “urgent management.” It takes over 15 years for the flower to rebuild its soil. With fires happening regularly, the plant may never come back to life.

Community groups are coming together to help restore the species, but more can and should be done. Sign the petition to demand that the federal government step in to help protect this one-of-a-kind species.

PETITON LETTER:

Dear Minister Ley,

The mountain bell flowers may arguably be the most beautiful…and unique…floral species in Australia. It grows in a variety of colors and is pollinated by birds. It has a history that stretches back millions of years. Unfortunately, fires have erased that history in a matter of moments.

It takes over a decade for the plants to recover, but with fires raging more regularly, it is unlikely that the flowers can return without intervention. I ask that you take action to protect this plant species from extinction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Geoffrey Derrin




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