2 May, 2019

Door-knocking to Change the Laws of Nature | Lismore | Sunday

Volunteers will knock on doors across Lismore on Sunday to talk to people about stronger protections for koalas and other threatened native wildlife in the lead up to the federal election.

“Current environment laws have left communities powerless to stand up for nature in the face of destructive vested interests,” Nature Conservation Council Community Organiser Ed Mortimer said.

“Big business is taking advantage of the weak laws to trash our forests, wildlife and climate.

“In the age of an extinction and climate crisis, we need new federal nature laws to give communities the power they need to stand up for nature.”

“That’s why we are getting out and about, having face-to-face conversations in our communities to ensure people understand how we can change the laws of nature once and for all.”

Environment groups are urging all political parties to commit to:

  • Legislating an Australian Environment Act that outlaws destruction of old-growth forests and endangered wildlife habitat and protects our waterways and catchments.
  • Establishing a National Environment Commission as an independent voice for the environment and develop a national approach to planning and development through National Environment Plans that apply consistently in all states and territories.
  • Establishing a National Environmental Protection Authority to enforce the law without political interference and ensure damaging projects are assessed independently by experts beyond the influence of industry lobbyists.
  • Enshrining in law community legal rights to take legal action to enforce environment laws; to have the merits of government decisions reviewed by the courts; and enshrine processes to guarantee meaningful community input into environmental decision-making processes.

“Right now, door-knocking is the most powerful tool we can use to end this crisis. We've got a lot of people to talk to, so we have to start now,” Mr Mortimer said.

“We need all parties to make strong commitments. Take action with us for new nature laws that protect the place we love, save our iconic wildlife and take climate action.”

What

Volunteers are knocking on doors across the federal electorate of Page to change the Laws of Nature

When

2pm - 5pm, Sunday, May 5

Where

Mortimer Oval, Corner Uralba and Brewster streets, Lismore, Map

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Forests and wildlifeFederal environmental laws

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