• Blue Mountains Council Breakfree from Fossil Fuels
    We are facing a climate catastrophe. Leading scientists have warned that we have less than 12 years to take emergency action on climate change, or we face the gravest threats to our local and global environment. The climate emergency is already all around us and is impacting our lives in so many ways - devastating droughts, floods, bushfires all over the country, deadly air pollution, and a reef on life support. This is an emergency and we must act now. Globally, several hundred cities/councils have already declared climate emergencies, and they are making an important and vital contribution to addressing the climate crisis. Bold climate action can deliver new green jobs and economic benefits, preserve wildlife and habitats, and improve the lives of people in our community. By declaring a climate emergency, the council will show our community, the State and the Federal Government that urgent action is needed to restore a safe and healthy planet for ourselves and generations to come.
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  • An Australia wide ban on the release of balloons and the use of helium to inflate balloons.
    Released balloons end up as litter - somewhere - and threaten wildlife. Balloons are 32 times more likely to kill a sea bird than pieces of hard plastic when ingested. Wildlife such a turtles and platypus die from starvation, entanglement or choking. Balloons are known to travel hundreds of kilometres over land and ocean. Without helium, balloons would not be released.
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  • Divert Allianz Stadium funding to rehabilitating the Darling River
    Our choices reflect who we are. Can we really be prioritising building a new football stadium when this rural community is suffering such a great loss? We need to put people and our environment first, instead of blindly pursuing economic growth until it takes us over a cliff. This ecological disaster has many causes but the Royal Commission report into the management of the Murray Darling has said our politicians are more concerned with "politics rather than science". By ignoring the catastrophic risks of climate change and putting profit before people, one million fish have washed up in the rivers. We cannot allow this to happen again! The football stadium redevelopments have been pushed through and have little public support. I would imagine they have no support in the bush. I believe in saving our ecosystems. Join with me as we demand that the Premier and the NSW Government get their priorities straight. Fish over football stadiums!
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  • End Native Forest Logging by 2020
    Australia is facing an extinction crisis. The rapid race towards species extinction is escalating exponentially, because of the removal of native forests on an industrial scale. This country can no longer support industrialised logging practices that remove habitat at such a pace that the Swift Parrot, the Leadbeater's Possum, the Spotted Quoll and even the Koala will soon be extinct unless we stop native forest logging by 2020. Many other species throughout the country are rapidly joining the extinction queue. A transition to sustainably managed plantation can support our needs for timber and protect forestry worker's jobs. There is more employment in keeping our forests standing than cutting them down. The chip mills which export 40 million tonnes of Australian native forest for as little as $4.60 per tonne must cease. A substantial amount of each tree cut down is dumped on the forest floor, leaving hillside after hillside virtually bare of vegetation, out of the public eye, as a tremendous fire risk and a horrifying waste that is a national disgrace. Forests must remain standing as carbon sinks to offset climate change; and to provide wilderness for future generations of humans and wildlife. We must meet our international obligations to protect our threatened species - one step further is EXTINCTION.
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  • Protect the Masked Owl and the baby Sea Eagles of Corunna Forest
    Masked Owl Residents recently photographed a rare Masked Owl living at Corunna Forest. According to the NSW State Government, Masked Owls can only fly 500 to a maximum of 1,000 HA from their nest. There is therefore no doubt that the Masked Owl nest is inside Corunna Forest. The Threatened Species License (CL 6.4) requires 300 HA of forest to be preserved when a Masked Owl nest is present. This requires Forestry Corporation NSW to immediately cease logging at Corunna Forest. Forestry say they are using a "Landscape" approach, which requires 300 HA of forest to be set aside somewhere within 150km of the forest. They have not been able to identify on any map where this 300HA is. Wherever it is, it is clearly not within reach of this Masked Owl. Forestry Corp say they can apply this method because they were only provided with a photograph of the owl drinking from a pond, not a photograph of the Masked Owl's nest. Whether a nest was photographed or not, the limited range of the owl shows there is no question that the nest is inside Corunna Forest, and that the 300 HA of exclusion around this endangered owl must immediately be invoked. As the Masked Owl's range does not extend beyond Corunna Forest, clause 5.13 of the Threatened Species License clearly must be applied immediately. Instead of slowing down to look for the nest, Forestry Corporation ignored the Masked Owl, and locked the Forest so residents couldn't find the nest. Press statements were issued that 70 hours of forest surveys were conducted in the lead up to logging, so therefore no further searches are required. Forestry say the contractors have been instructed to look at each tree before the harvester cuts it down to see if an owl is there. The Landscape model could perhaps be an adequate response to a Powerful Owl, or a Sooty Owl. These owls have a much greater range. They are more adaptable too, and likely to adapt to a new nest if need be. Masked Owls on the other hand, do not. If their nest is disturbed they tend to die out. That's not a risk New South Wales can afford to take, when many rare species, including the Masked Owl, are in rapid decline. The people of NSW are calling on the NSW State Government to act responsibly and protect the Masked Owl, and show residents the location - on a map - of the owl protection exclusion zone, and how the Masked Owl is supposed to reach this new home. If this can't be proven, then Threatened Species License Clause 15.3 must immediately be invoked. Baby Sea Eagles The Sea Eagle babies need protection too. At present there is a 300m exclusion zone around the baby sea eagles at Corunna Lake. Forestry have confirmed that they are waiting for the babies to begin to fly, so the 300m can reduce to 50m around the nest. Most of this 50m is either out at sea, or it is on the beach. In reality, logging will occur just 25m from the Sea Eagles. Corunna Lake Forestry Corp need to apply the recommendations of the Marine Park Authority which call for greater protections of Corunna Lake and a halt to logging operations in the warmer months to prevent toxic algal blooms and act in the best interests of pubic safety. Forestry Corp NSW must follow the advice of the Batemans Bay Marine Park Authority and leave the lake alone - at least until the weather cools down. Tilba Tilba Lake Corunna Forest is a watershed that drains to two fragile lake systems at the foot of Gulaga. The streams leaving Corunna Forest on the ocean side of the forest drain to Victoria Creek which opens in to Tilba Tilba Lake, which is prone to complete fish kill in the summer months if sediment increases in response to soil disturbance discharging into the creeks. As the forest is at the headway of these creeks, greater protection must be put in place. Protect the Giants of Macquarie Street These giant stands are highly valued by the community and must be protected. They are vital habitat for protected species and all wildlife at Corunna. We need the Giants of Macquarie Street left in place for future generations of Masked Owls. Finding a Masked Owl at Corunna Forest is a miracle. It is a testimony to the value of leaving 100 year old trees in place. This forest was last logged 30 years ago. There are no tree hollows in most of the forest - the trees need another 100-200 years to reach that maturity. Forestry estimate most of the trees at Corunna are around 100 years old. That's why the Masked Owl lives here. But the Masked Owl won't simply move on to a new home. They don't. Once their habitat is gone, they die out too. The land Forestry wants to log fronts right onto a fragile sea lake between Mystery Bay and Tilba. You can hear the waves crashing from inside the forest. That's why the Sea Eagle has two nests here. But what will become of them once Forestry knocks down the forest right at their doorstep? They will be shredding the Forest as close as 25m from the nest, and leaving the canopy of the forest floor as a massive fire risk. The logging is scheduled to happen all the way along the highway, both sides of the road, between these two beautiful towns on the Nature Coast of New South Wales. It's time to speak up for the Masked Owl, it's time to speak up for the baby Sea Eagles. This is our last chance. This is not about taking away the few jobs left in the forestry industry. It's about sustainably managed resources, plantation and habitats that cater for the needs of all animals, not just humans. The logging is happening as we speak. The Sea Eagles may have only weeks left. The Masked Owl only days. The Giants of Macquarie Street will be lost or generations. The Lakes will be off limits, and no one knows how long it will be until they recover, if they ever do.
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  • Political parties: Stop accepting donations from cancer causing Monsanto now!
    The Four Corners report told the heart breaking story of Dewayne, a school janitor in the US. Dewayne successfully sued Monsanto after the common round up herbicide found on our supermarket shelves was found to cause his terminal cancer. Later in the show, it was revealed that our politicians who are supposed to represent Australians have been accepting huge donations from American owned Monsanto lobby firm - Croplife. We have done it before, when tobacco firms where found to cause cancer, Australians came together to ban them from donating to our political parties. If enough of us come together we can create enough pressure to force political parties to stop accepting the profits of Monsanto’s cancer causing products. Sign and share the petitions now!
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  • Save the Sharks in the Whitsundays
    Sharks not only deserve to live but have a major roll in keeping the balance in our oceans. Without them our marine ecosystems would collapse.We can't as humans kill innocent animals just because we fear them.We need to understand that we live together on this planet.
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  • Coles: Stop giving tiny plastic products to children
    Coles is clearly not serious about plastic pollution if they think giving tiny plastic replicas of plastic products to children is okay. Coles has pledged to reduce their plastic packaging on fresh produce and has introduced a bag ban to “do the right thing for the environment”. Clearly not being serious about plastic pollution, they are giving out little, plastic-wrapped plastic toys to children, promoting processed, sugary and salty foods. These replicas of brand store products are more than likely to be thrown out. Not being conventionally recyclable, they will then end up in landfill or litter our environment, affecting nature and wildlife. This promotion is a perfect representation of how much Coles doesn’t care about polluting our environment and wasting valuable resources.
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  • Save the Bight, Apollo Bay
    Oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight threatens the marine ecosystems and wildlife unique to our area. The local tourism industry of areas that would be affected by an oil spill would suffer huge impacts. Oil is an outdated form of energy, we need to transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future. The ocean is central to our community's way of life; fishing, surfing, swimming and tourism. All of this will be severely threatened by oil drilling off our coast.
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  • Revolution to reduce environmental pollution in North Shore schools
    Australia's recycling system is not advanced enough for the recycling of certain plastics, we are the biggest greenhouse gas polluters per head and only have a population of approximately 24 million. These unrecyclable plastics do not decompose naturally in the environment, they break up into millions of tiny pieces and attract toxic chemicals which make burning them all the more dangerous. This campaign is crucial in order to encourage and engage high school students in sustainable practices, to reduce the plastic pollution in the North Shore in order to decrease carbon footprint, to encourage environmental sustainability in the Australian culture and to find affordable, accessible alternatives that will also improve the school's future spending.
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  • End the plastic binge in WA: Ban throw-away plastic straws and cutlery
    Plastic pollution is killing our marine life. Around 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year. This plastic breaks down in smaller pieces over the centuries, but does not fully biodegrade. It lingers in our oceans, our waterways and even enters our food chain. 30% of the world’s turtles and 90% of seabird species have now ingested plastic debris, as well as 30% of Whales and Dolphins. In fact, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. One of the serious offenders is straws. Over 10 million straws are used per day in Australia. A great part of the plastic pollution comes from items we don't even really need, and that can easily be replaced by more sustainable alternatives. What is merely a convenience of a few minutes for us, becomes a threat to wildlife and to our own health. Places like Taiwan and Seattle have already decided to ban plastic straws. Let us step up too!
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  • Reduce food waste in Australia
    Food waste is a major source of greenhouse gases, mostly in the form of methane, a pollutant at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide - and 6.7% of all global greenhouse gases come from food waste. 20% - 40% of produce doesn't make it off farms, largely because Supermarkets won't take fruit and vegetable which doesn't fit cosmetic standards that have nothing to do with flavour. Woolworths and Harris Farm are starting to stock some "imperfect produce" but this is ad hoc and small in scale. If Coles, one of our major supermarkets takes a stand on the issue, others will follow and we can reduce food waste in Australia significantly. I want to reduce the amount of food that goes to landfill only because it's not meeting some cosmetic standards.
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