Our national environment laws are supposed to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places and wildlife we love.

But the once-in-a-decade review of our environment law has found that nature in Australia is in trouble. Our laws are not fit to deal with current or future challenges – like climate change or extinction – and the independent reviewer, Professor Graeme Samuels, recommends a complete overhaul of our national environment laws to better protect our country’s unique places, plants, animals and ecosystems.

Our government’s response to this review – including the laws it creates or changes as a result – will impact our precious wildlife and ecosystems for years to come. It’s up to us to make sure they listen to the recommendations and make laws that actually protect nature.

Email your local Member of Parliament and ask them:

  • Have you read the Final Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)?
  • Will you speak up for national environment laws that actually protect nature – and an independent regulator to enforce them?

Email tips

  • Make your letter personal – tell them who you are, the suburb you live in (so they know you live in their electorate), and why you care about protecting nature.
  • Include a specific call-to-action – ask them whether they have read the report and whether they are going to speak up for laws that actually protect nature, and an independent regulator to enforce them.
  • Be concise, clear and polite.

Further reading

Final Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)

Fast-tracking extinction: Australia's national environmental law


Header image: Dale Cochrane