we own and work across THOUSANDS of ACRES PROTECTING THREATENED & VULNERABLE SPECIES
There’s lots to do and little time in which to do it. The UN General Assembly says we’ve got less than 8 years to avert catastrophe.
And whilst Australia is home to an estimated 7% of the world’s species, our deforestation rates are at an all-time high due to land clearing, housing developments and poor farming practices. Yep, Australia is a world-leader in chopping down trees and wiping out animals: two appalling accomplishments that are tightly connected.
Each year, large swathes of forests are destroyed to make room for palm oil, cattle, soy and other commodity-driven agriculture. But this destruction comes at a climate cost: deforestation accounts for 8 percent of annual emissions, equivalent to those released by the entire European Union. Indeed, deforestation is at the root of our most pressing crises: water shortages, desertification, landslides, mass extinction, zoonotic diseases, and rapid climate change.
The Wildlife Bank Trust is addressing this emergency with passion, ambition and urgency. So far we have secured over 14,000 acres and our ongoing efforts protect thousands of species of plants and animals, including hundreds of threatened species.
more than 60% of our remaining species are threatened or endangered
29 mammals have become extinct in just the past 200 years
But we must do more, so much more: Since human settlement, all of Australia’s megafauna have been driven to extinction and a further 29 mammals have become extinct in just the past 200 years.
Now, more than 60% of our remaining species are threatened or endangered – even the once abundant koala is rapidly vanishing.
We must prevent further disaster. And we want you to help: Spread the message, support the green economy and renewable energies, recycle, donate money, help with research, or simply start planting in your own back yard. Every little action will help.
The future of the world depends on all of us. What are you going to do?
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