"If you lined up more than 1200 bulldozers side by side and cleared a path from Brisbane to Cairns that’s the area that has been and is being bulldozed since the LNP gutted the protections against runaway bulldozing of habitat." says Martin Taylor from WWF Australia.
More than one million hectares of bushland, forests and woodland have been cleared of trees since the Newman Government removed controls on tree clearing in Queensland.
We must let the Queensland Government know that it is unacceptable to put our wildlife, rivers and the Great Barrier Reef at risk by allowing tree clearing to continue.
Sign our petition to say that you want strong laws that protect wildlife habitat from tree clearing right across Queensland.
We are calling on all political parties to end the destruction of habitats by strengthening our tree clearing laws via a 10 Point Plan to Reduce Tree Clearing:
- Use all available means to immediately protect forests and woodlands currently under threat from tree clearing, including declarations prohibiting clearing in sensitive Queensland areas;
- Permanently protect remnant/old-growthforestsandwoodlandsfrombeingcleared;
- Apply a consistent approach to protection of forests and woodlands across all sectors responsible for excessive tree clearing (including agriculture, urban development and mining);
- Ensure strong monitoring, enforcement and resourcing of tree clearing laws;
- Remove high risk self-assessable clearing codes, particularly for ‘thinning’;
- Continue to improve mapping for vegetation and halt exemptions via property maps;
- Establish a land carbon fund and resource relevant state departments to research land carbon opportunities for Queensland land holders;
- Ensure all clearing is referred to the Australian Government for approval, if it is likely to impact on protected matters under Federal environmental law;
- Commit to regular (minimum annual) full reporting of clearing data and impacts.
North Queensland can become a renewable energy hot spot with the right government policies
Around the globe countries are shifting their energy production to become far less dependent on fossil fuels. Sweden has a policy to become the world's first 100% fossil fuel free nation. New Zealand will stop burning coal to make electricity in 2018. Australia can have 100% clean energy too.
If we are going to have any chance of preventing runaway climate change we must end our production of greenhouse gases almost immediately. The choice is clear, either act now or make our planet uninhabitable.
Let Malcolm Turnbull know that you want him to take advice from climate scientists not the climate deniers in his party room.