Right now, we are facing an extinction crisis in Australia. Centuries of the destruction of habitat combined with escalating impacts of climate change, bushfires and deforestation are pushing endangered wildlife to the brink.
Australia already has the worst track record for mammal extinction in the world. Since colonisation, more than 30 mammal species have gone extinct in Australia. That’s the same number of mammal species that were lost in the rest of the world combined.
While the US and the UK are stepping up as global leaders on climate change and environmental protection, Australia continues to lag behind. It’s time for the Government to step up and adopt a zero extinction target.