This month we focus on threatened and endangered species. Joel Sartore in his Photo Ark project says "Our hope is that people will look these creatures in the eyes, and be inspired to care, while there is still time". You too may be inspired by this glimpse of the amazing and beautiful creatures that we share the planet with.
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has abandoned Antarctic whale wars with Japanese boats because of Japan's use of military-grade tracking technology. Since the 1986 IWC moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan has been whaling under scientific research permits. In July this year however they passed legislation with plans to resume whaling and upgrade their fleet. Find out more and petition Japan and others to end whaling.
Last week, Friends of the Earth Melbourne released a Lawless Logging report, investigating 27 unlawful native forest logging operations in Victorian protected threatened species habitat. Logging is pushing endangered wildlife further towards extinction (including koalas in NSW and these 21 animals that are only found in south-eastern Australia). To take action email Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio here.
The main threat to orangutans is the expansion of palm oil plantations that destroy their habitat. Unfortunately it's not easy to avoid palm as it is found in almost 50% of packaged supermarket products yet remains mostly hidden as there is no labelling requirement. The decision to introduce mandatory palm oil labelling is currently before the Senate. Find out how you can keep the pressure on ministers to change current labelling laws.
September 7th was National Threatened species day. In this month's Be Inspired feature we showcase people working to protect the giraffe, orang-utan and whale. These animals are threatened by habitat destruction, illegal hunting and pollution. It is the vision, commitment and practical action of individuals like Julian, Willie and Paul that give hope and inspire us to look beyond ourselves - to make a real difference in the world.
There are many reasons why a wide range of groups are opposed to the proposed Adani coalmine in Queensland. One of the most critical is that it will accelerate the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef - already suffering from coral bleaching due to rising water temperatures. You can help protect one of the world's most diverse ocean habitats by joining the #StopAdani Big Day of Action (October 7). Or take action in other ways.
West Australian retailers will be barred from giving shoppers single-use plastic bags from next July, with the state becoming the latest Australian jurisdiction to announce a ban. » ABC News
New laws to protect vulnerable workers have been cleared by the Senate, with tougher penalties for deliberate and systematic underpayment of workers. » Inside Retail
Tell Poland’s government and UNESCO to stop logging in the Białowieża - one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems and Europe’s largest remaining primeval forest. » Rainforest Rescue
Melbourne Zoo is hosting the National Geographic Photo Ark, an exclusive photo exhibition to inspire people to save animals before it’s too late. Finishes October 1. » Zoo.org
The 2018 permaculture calendar is now in stock - learn one of the twelve permaculture design principles each month, with a story of appropriate sustainable living and design. » Shop Ethical!