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September 2017

One per second

Dear ,

Did you know that every second, one animal is being killed by out-of-control deforestation in Queensland?

It sounds too extreme to be true.1 But this is Australia’s hidden environmental crisis.

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As the truth gets out, Australians are joining together to demand change. Almost 30,000 people have already signed a petition calling on Queensland and Australian Governments to step in and stop this.

Can you get the petition to hit 30,000 signatures by sharing it on Facebook?

The petition is getting this issue on the radar. And next month, we’ll be delivering your message in person to decision-makers in Canberra and Brisbane.

Community action works. Hundreds of people called Minister Frydenberg’s office demanding action on unapproved clearing in North Queensland—and now the Government is investigating.

Help the petition hit the 30,000 signature target by sharing on Facebook.

Yours for nature,

Lyndon Schneiders
National Director, The Wilderness Society

P.S. If you don’t have Facebook, you can sign the petition here and then forward this email onto your friends and family so they can sign too.


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