Australia’s plants and animals are under threat. Our combined voices can protect them.
We have one of the worst records on extinction in the world. 56 more Australian species have just been added to the international red list of threatened species –bringing the total to 1,830 Australian species in danger!
The nature crisis is global. Habitat destruction is threatening Tasmanian Devils and Sumatran tigers alike with extinction. The Great Barrier Reef is collapsing, so is the Amazon.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek can make Australia a global leader for nature – but they have to show up.
This means attending the 15th conference to the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) in Montreal in December, and advocating for strong global nature goals that unite and hold governments and business accountable worldwide to protect and restore the natural world that sustains us.
Sign the petition calling on the federal government to:
Lead on ambitious global goals for nature to halt and reverse biodiversity destruction and achieve a Nature Positive world by 2030 at COP15.
That means championing clear and measurable goals and targets, backed by domestic commitments to:
- End extinction and recover threatened species
- Restore the ecosystems we’ve already degraded
- Embed the value of nature in all government and business decision-making
- Recognise Indigenous rights and stewardship
- Protect at least 30% of the planet’s land and oceans.
Want to understand more about how global goals for nature will help Australia's own endangered plants and animals? Read our blog from Nathaniel Pelle, ACF's Business and Biodiversity Campaign Lead, then sign the petition and invite friends and family to add their names too!
Header photo: Jean-Paul Ferrero/AUSCAPE
I want ambitious global goals for nature because I have been ashamed of the current rate of species extinction in Australia and the global decline in habits and ecosystems. Humanity can be the solution to the issues we have caused.
I want global goals for our land as we need to protect our wildlife, our flora and fauna and the respect the land we walk on. We need to stop allowing land clearing as it’s destructive to the wildlife and plant life which we need in order to remain in balance.
There is no future without nature. There is no planet B as much as we would like to glorify that idea. Earth is a scientific marvel billions of years in the making, and to let us unravel that and wreak havoc on it’s flora and fauna in only a few hundred years would be a disservice to the planet that brings us life and has been our only sure home in this universe. The effects of climate change has already produced noticeable differences in my life time, and I am only 21 this year. Increasing “natural” disaster incidence rates, rapidly reducing insect populations, mass species extinctions, record breaking temperature increases. If effective, immediate change is not employed now, what will the earth be like in another 20 years? Would there even be a point to life without nature? Have we forgotten how essential nature is to our well-being both physically and mentally? Nature is not just important, but critical to our own survival. If we cannot be motivated to protect this earth as the only apparent intelligent lifeforms on it, at least we can spare it in our want for longevity as a species.
Please be leaders in implementing ambitious global goals for nature to put a halt and reverse destruction of biodiversity. This will lead to achievement to a Nature Positive world by 2030 at COP15.
I want ambitious goals for Aus. nature because WE DEPEND ON the WILD OZ which has GIVEN US so much to enable us to reach this point with a quintessential character we need to support us INTO THE FUTURE!
We don’t want any more animals to be on the brink of extinction. We all need a healthy planet to sustain all living things.
Australia has one of the world’s worst records for species extinction. Unless we have strict rules and goals to preserve our natural heritage and environment, we will have the undesirable reputation as the worst performer on protecting our biodiversity. At a time when Europe is rewilding many of its near extinct species, we are still wiping ours out through indifference and greed.
I want ambitious goals for nature, because nature is better off without us, but we can’t live without nature. What a world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren?
Conserving and restoring natural ecosystems and biodiversity is essential to ensuring a sustainable future. Australia is a megadiverse country; we hold a responsibility to protect native wildlife and their habitats.
We need change now because the nature and people of the future depend on it!
We have caused so much destruction in the last 200 years that I’m afraid it all will be gone in the next 50 years if we don’t put in substantial measures to reverse the trend and the earth will be much poorer for it.
Australia is know for its wildlife and nature more than any other trait, it is what identifies us and sets us apart. It’s something worth protecting for its own good, but also because it creates tourism and defines us as a nation – we cannot afford to lose the wonderful biodiversity that makes Australia so special. We need to protect it!
I want ambitious goals to protect nature as our ecosystems are interdependent. We can not know what we will lose of what we love each time we lose a species. The wolves of yellow stone national park have taught us this. We have a lot to save in Australia and can show world leadership, supporting wildlife, nature, people the planet and our economy by standing up for our biodiversity. It can not speak for itself, however it impacts us daily.
I want ambitious global goals for nature because once species and environments are gone, there’s no getting them back and we have already caused too many extinctions and too much destruction. Even for people who can only view the planet via their own human needs, nature is the basis of absolutely everything we have and do. Natural materials and processes are behind every human invention and activity.