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August 2017

Deforestation needs to end

Dear ,

Fifteen years ago, passionate Australians from all walks of life came together to stop rampant deforestation in its tracks.

People power forced governments in Queensland and New South Wales to act and create strong laws to protect our forests and bushlands.

But the bulldozers are back. On Friday, the New South Wales Government switched on new laws that open the floodgates to forest and bushland destruction. In Queensland, weakened laws caused a massive deforestation spike, and plans are afoot for mass deforestation in Western Australia’s Kimberley.

We have a big challenge on our hands, but we’re ready for it. We know people power works. And now we need to pile the pressure on to stop the destruction—permanently.

Twenty three thousand Australians have signed the petition to stop the bulldozers. Thank you. Can you share the petition on Facebook so more Australians can add their voice to stop this horrific destruction?

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Every three minutes, 24 hours a day, an area of forest and bushland the size of the MCG is destroyed in Queensland

In the time it takes you to read this email, an MCG area of forest will be cleared. Share our petition today.

Land clearing kills millions of animals every year—including koalas. It smothers the Great Barrier Reef in soil run-off and releases tens of millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases as cleared forests are burnt or left to rot.

Deforestation needs to end. The Federal Government and state governments need to act urgently.

Please share the petition. People power works.

Yours for nature,

Lyndon Schneiders
National Director, The Wilderness Society


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Australia is in the midst of a deforestation crisis. In the three minutes it’s taken you to read this email, an area the size of the MCG has been cleared in Queensland alone. Not only is this destroying our climate, but it's killing one of our national icons—the beloved koala. Koala numbers have halved in the last 20 years in Queensland, and they are now listed as vulnerable to extinction in both New South Wales and Queensland—two of the worst offending states for deforestation.

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