Australia, a place we all love
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has joined with other conservation groups from across Australia to launch the ‘Places You love’ campaign to safeguard the nation’s environmental laws.
The very laws that have been designed to defend the things we love about the country – reefs, forests, wetlands and wildlife, all of which deserve to be protected by national law from any development that could destroy or pollute them.
This coalition has come together in response to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) plans to implement major changes to Australia’s environmental laws at both a federal and state level.
We are very concerned that the proposed ‘streamlining’ of the environmental assessment process will in fact allow Australia’s environmental protection laws to be dramatically weakened. This, at a time when stronger protection is needed more than ever due to the threats posed from ever increasing development as well as mining and other resource extraction.
Many of Australia’s state governments have a chequered record of putting short-term economic and political gains ahead of protecting nationally significant animals and places.
Recent examples include approving a new coal port in unspoiled Shoalwater Bay and a sand mining project on Fraser Island. It goes without saying that strong and stable environmental laws are essential to secure a healthy and stable ecosystem for future generations and are not a barrier to responsible development.
All of the organisations involved in the campaign believe that the Australian environment is important enough to deserve national regulations that effectively underpin its protection.
At this critical time, we call on the whole community with an interest in the environment and wildlife to show support for effective federal environmental laws by emailing Prime Minister Julia Gillard.