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Deforestation and Clearing 2018-06-13T13:59:19+00:00

DEFORESTATION

Deforestation is Australia’s hidden emitter — like adding 10 million cars to our roads.

Without a liveable climate, the vulnerable ecosystems that sustain us, won’t. Deforestation is Australia’s hidden emitter — like adding 10 million cars to our roads. Australia’s deforestation front ranks in the global top 10, alongside Borneo, the Amazon and the Congo. It’s primarily driven by agriculture (mostly for beef production), mining and urban development.

Bulldozers drag thick chains through the landscape, snapping trees like matchsticks. This wood isn’t used for anything — it’s burned or left to rot. Carbon once stored in trees and soil goes back into the atmosphere. This wastes up to 10% of Australia’s carbon budget. Clearcutting of old growth forests is continuing in parts of Australia. This often involves the destruction of natural ecosystems and the replacement with monoculture plantations.

Source: The Wilderness Society

VEGETATION CLEARING

You may be surprised to learn that Australia is among the global list of top deforestation offenders.

This is still one of the biggest threats to wildlife throughout the world, including Australia, and is still continuing at a high rate,esepcially  affecting animals that need:

A particular habitat type which is now scarce. Large home ranges, Particular resources (e.g. hollow branches in mature trees, special food items). To move between habitat types that are no longer adjacent. To migrate, and can’t fly long distances or traverse open spaces.

When a forest is cleared or a marsh drained, the animals generally cannot simply move into another locality.  Even if suitable habitat exists it may not be reachable or is very likely to already have inhabitants that will not tolerate the newcomers.

Recent land-clearing figures show a disastrous increase in land-clearing rates in Queensland, including in Great Barrier Reef catchments, resulting in tens of millions of native animals being killed every year and countless habitats destroyed.

Right now, we have a massive land-clearing crisis on our hands. We simply can’t keep bulldozing our native woodlands. That’s not a pathway to a healthy, sustainable future.

Source: Wildlife Tourism Australia

KEEP IT WILD!

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“We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.”

David Attenborough

“Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with its surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed, and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague.”

Agent Smith, The Matrix