The world’s ecosystems have been changed more rapidly in the last 50 years than ever before in recorded history. The human-caused rate of extinction is 1000 times greater now than at any time in human history.
Our population and consumption levels are off the charts. We are eating more, drinking more, buying more stuff and jamming it into bigger homes. We are building bigger cities and driving more cars. To do this we drain our natural resources and our environment – the very things that keep us alive.
In Australia, one of the big threats to biodiversity is land clearing. This destroys natural habitats and ecosystems as well as trees. Imagine being a creature living in the bush. You come home one day and your entire neighbourhood is bulldozed – gone. You must sort out your life from scratch. More than half our native vegetation has been cleared.
Add to that other threats – climate change, over-grazing, salinity and feral species. You have a rotten mix for our native plants and animals. There’s no doubt about: our biodiversity needs our help to return to good health. Then it can support us to live healthy lives.