Australia: What’s the problem with your wildlife?

We live in a beautiful country. That is absolutely unquestionable. What is questionable, however, is the current state of it. Australia isn’t in the best shape it could be. While many people know this, not as many people know the exact causes.

Consider this: the environment can survive without us, but we cannot survive without the environment. It’s in our best interests to work together towards creating a sustainable future for Australia, and the rest of our planet. If we continue with the current trends, the environmental outlook is pretty grim. But we can stop that from happening by working together to change our lifestyles and habits to improve sustainability, taking better care of the environment and continuing to raise awareness of the issues we’re facing.

I know you must be thinking, “But dude, I’m only one person. Besides, I save water, I turn lights off when I leave the room AND I cycle to work on Tuesdays. What more can I do?” But each and every one of us can make a difference. And here at Edge Pledge we want to help you help the environment, by providing fun and easy ways to raise awareness for a good cause. So put yourself on the edge by taking a challenge today, to help create a better tomorrow.

This Tassie Devil wants you to have fun and save him Photo: Courtesy Greening Australia

In 2011, the Australian Government first commissioned an independent report called State of the Environment. The SoE is conducted every five years and it acts as an authoritative review of the state of the Australian environment to help educate and inform. The report focuses on the current state of the environment, the pressure caused by both natural and human impact, how these pressures are being managed, the efficacy of that management and the resilience of our environment.

The second SoE report, published in 2016 gives us both good and bad news. The good news is that, thanks to environmental policies and better management practices, we have seen improvements in the state of Australia’s built environment, natural and cultural heritage, as well as our marine and Antarctic environments. Individual pressures such as commercial fishing, poor agricultural practices and oil/gas exploration have decreased too.

The bad news, however, is that there are still areas of our environment where the condition is poor and/or deteriorating. The heavily populated urban and coastal areas, as well as extensive land-clearing for purposes like animal agriculture, are considered major threats to biodiversity because we’re clearing land faster than it’s being replanted or regenerating naturally. And with the other issues such as climate change, habitat fragmentation and degradation and invasive species, these added pressures are creating a snowball effect, which will be continuously detrimental to our society unless we begin to make changes.

Who wouldn't want to protect this?! The beautiful landscape adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Qld Photo: Courtesy Greening Australia