State of the Environment Report confirms urgent need for action

By Steve Gates

Dear NRPG members and interested,

The release of the 2021 State of the Environment Report (for the last 5 yrs) shows a serious decline in our environment over the past 2 decades, and lack of action over the last decade. The NRPG along with many other groups have been frustrated over many issues, by this.

If you haven’t heard the speech yesterday by new Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, it is encouraging to see a significant change in attitude of our new federal government and her intent to address the issues which have been ignored for so long. See either:

Utube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOmggyDFgyg

National Press Club: https://www.npc.org.au/speaker/2022/1036-the-hon-tanya-plibersek

ABC TV iView: Search for National Press Club (under “Home of Australian Politics”)

Kind regards,
Steve Gates

President, NRPG Bushcarers

PS> I am sending this to all our members because it affects our local bushland and environment.

“We are in an emergency situation for both biodiversity and climate.”—Emma Johnston, chief author of the 2021 Australian State of the Environment Report.

The new Minister for the Environment Tanya Plibersek has just released the 2021 State of the Environment—live from the National Press Club.

It’s no wonder the previous government didn’t want to release the report. It shows that since 2016, biodiversity decline, habitat destruction and extreme weather driven by climate change have all worsened.

It’s clear that governments and businesses are failing to protect Australia’s unique, globally significant flora, fauna and iconic places from destruction. They can, and must, do better.

Will you email Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek today to let her know reforms are needed urgently? They need to be effective, fair and forward thinking. They need to actually halt and turn around the wildlife extinction crisis and the destruction of natural and cultural values.

YES, I’LL EMAIL HER TODAY

An image of a lone koala walking through a logging coupe. Text reading 'More than 7 million hectares of habitat for threatened species was cleared or substantially degraded between 2000 and 2017.' from the State of Environment Report 2021.

Over the last decade, the federal government approved over 99% of all proposed developments from vested interests. Clearly, the community is not having a genuine say on projects that impact climate and wildlife. No wonder there’s also an integrity-in-politics crisis.

It’s time to turn this around.

Prime Minister Albanese has committed to restore trust and transparency to environmental decision-making. To bring Australia to a position of leadership, internationally, when it comes to the environment and climate.

It is welcome news that the new Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek, is putting law reform to fix Australia’s broken environment laws at the top of her agenda. But the dire story told by the State of the Environment shows that it is absolutely crucial that the right changes are made without delay.

Right now, you have the opportunity to encourage the government to restore trust and integrity to Australia’s nature laws and institutions.

Please join the chorus of thousands of voices calling for the new laws for nature to:

  1. Be effective. The priority must be reversing the environmental decline already occurring. They need to actually change the status quo.
  2. Be fair. They need to apply across all sectors.
  3. Have integrity. The community must have a meaningful say in environmental decisions that affect them.
  4. Be forward-looking. Nature needs help to thrive in the future.

YES, I’LL EMAIL THE MINSTER

It’s heartening to reflect on all the momentum that has been built for new laws for nature over the last decade by dedicated scientists, policy makers, community and tens of thousands of Wilderness Society supporters like you.

By no means are stronger nature laws or an independent Environment Protection Agency a done deal, but after years of damage control, there is now an opportunity to make positive change for nature.

Yours for nature,

Amelia Young
National Campaigns Director
Wilderness Society

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