Dear NRPG members and interested,

By Steve Gates

From our affiliate, the Conservation Council of WA, if you can help.

Kind regards,
Steve Gates

President, NRPG Bushcarers

Dear Steve
WA has just had one of its hottest and driest autumns on record. It follows a record breaking long dry summer with over 80% less rainfall than average. The impact of climate change is real, and it’s here.We need to act now to bring down emissions and protect WA’s wildlife and ecosystems.It’s more important than ever for us all to stand together, as the voice for WA’s environment.So, I am writing today to ask for your help. As the end of the financial year approaches, we are asking our supporters to make a tax-deductible donation to support our critically important work for nature and climate.
Our native wildlife is extremely vulnerable to changes that affect their habitat. Endangered species are now fighting for survival in the escalating hot and dry conditions, suffering the impacts of dwindling food and water sources, reduced breeding sites and feral predators that are far more adaptable to the changing conditions.You may have seen the recent distressing news of the death of over 100 southwestern snake-necked turtles in the drying Bibra Lake wetlands. While trying to escape the dry lakebeds, they became vulnerable to predators, with most killed by foxes or trying to cross roads.There has also been a devastating 94% drop in the penguin colony population at Penguin Island in less than two decades. There are now just 114 penguins on the island down from a population of 1600 to 2000 birds in 2007.Dr Erin Clitheroe coordinates CCWA’s Little Penguin Project on Penguin Island. Dr Clitheroe said:“The recent population estimate reveals a distressing decline in the little penguin population on Penguin Island. While marine heatwave events have played a role, it’s crucial to understand that many factors have contributed to the current situation.“The strategies outlined in CCWA’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Little Penguin highlight some of the actions that could give this colony a fighting chance. “It’s not too late to act.Our nature and climate campaigns are having a real impact as we continue to build and activate WA’s broad-based and powerful climate and environment movement​, shift the politics​, and show what is possible for WA.Together, we can make a real difference. Your tax-deductible donation to CCWA will help amplify our collective voice so that we can stop reckless and polluting projects, strengthen nature laws and protect WA’s precious and threatened wildlife and ecosystems.Thank you for everything you do to contribute to protecting our environment and maintaining a safe climate.Yours for nature,Jess BeckerlingExecutive Director                                                                                                  CCWA is WA’s foremost not-for-profit, non-government conservation and environment organisation. We have been a prominent and forthright voice for nature for more than 50 years.We remain dedicated to preserving the remarkable biodiversity of our state, advocating for robust environmental policies, and driving the shift towards renewable energy. We are proud to be at the forefront of this movement, leading the charge and driving impactful change. CCWA respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk People of the Noongar nation, along with the Traditional Owners of all Countries where it works. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. CCWA seeks to always walk alongside our Aboriginal partners, recognising their continued connection through land, sea, culture and community. Conservation Council of Western Australia · 1186 Hay Street , West Perth, WA 6005, Australia


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