7 May, 2019

NSW Parliament must prioritise nature to help avert world extinction crisis

The NSW Parliament and Berejikllian government must prioritise nature conservation over the next four years to help the world avert a catastrophic loss of species and the collapse of ecosystems and agriculture foreshadowed by the 2019 report for the Intergovernmental Science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), released last night.

“The parliament and the Berejiklkian government has a huge job to stop the growing extinction crisis in NSW, where more than 1000 plant and animal species are at risk,” Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

“All the indicators for nature are pointing in the wrong direction, and the risks are mounting.

“The people of NSW are crying out for leadership and decisive action to protect our native species and the web of life upon which we all depend.

“The next four years in NSW are going to be critical.”

The Berejiklian government must end the deforestation and land-clearing crisis by:

  • Ending logging of public native forests to protect what is left of these beautiful ecosystems, which are among the most diverse in the world;
  • Ending broadscale land clearing.
  • Making potential koala habitat, threatened species habitat, and other high-conservation-value areas off limits to clearing;
  • Creating the Great Koala National Park to save our iconic species for future generations;
  • Ensuring enough water is returned to the environment to restore to the Murray-Darling Basin rivers and wetlands;
  • Reducing our reliance on dirty coal by ensuring 4,000 megawatts of clean energy enters the NSW grid in this term of government; and
  • Developing a comprehensive plan to implement the government’s ‘firm commitment’ to get to zero-emissions by 2050.

For a comprehensive suite of environment policies required to protect nature, see A Cleaner Greener NSW



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