Updated: Jul 5
Being a world leader of deforestation is not something to be proud of.
What can you do to help?
The best way you can help is to choose the products you buy more carefully.
Purchasing recycled paper products over virgin paper will not only prevent further deforestation but also save water and electricity and waste. The next best option is to choose products made from FSC certified sources. Check out my sustainably printed recycled Greetings Cards and 2021 Eco-Calendar at JAC Photography Art.
You can change your diet. By eating less meat, less forests will need to be cut down to grow mono-crops of feed or for cattle to graze. It turns out our costal forests are being cut down to raise beef which is one of the most unsustainable proteins we can produce. As those forests are cut down the also puts stress on the Great Barrier Reef.
Read also: Beef Kills The Reef
This is why just over a year ago, Aussie plant-based meat startup v2food made its first appearance! Creating a version 2 of meat. Because we don't have a version 2 of Earth.
Meat is a nutritional powerhouse... so they copied it! When you eat v2 you can rest assured you get the same hit of protein, iron, zinc, phosphorus and vitamins B12, B3 and B6 as beef mince plus a healthy dose of dietary fibre and naturally no cholesterol.
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You can sign these petitions to prevent deforestation in Australia:
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Here is some information from an article published by the Wilderness Society
Australia is home to some of the most unique and magnificent nature in the world. Our country has vast savannahs and grasslands, tropical rainforests, endangered gum forests and diverse woodlands that provide shelter to our most precious threatened species.
Yet Australia is one of the worst developed countries in the world for broadscale deforestation— killing tens of millions of native animals (including threatened species) and wiping out endangered forests and woodlands. In fact, we’ve cleared nearly half of our forest cover in the last 200 years!
This is why we need new laws to protect our wildlife and environment:
Around 5,000 square kilometres of virgin bushland and advanced regrowth are destroyed annually. In addition to wiping out native wildlife, it is the major cause of salinity and causes around 14% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.
Australia has lost 25% rainforest, 45% of open forest, 32% woodland forest and 30% of mallee forest in 200 years1
The effect of these changes has been considerable. Around 20% of Australian mammals, 7% of reptiles, 13% of birds are listed as Extinct, Endangered or Vulnerable.
More than 100 species have gone extinct in NSW in the last 200 years.
Australia has one of the highest rates of tree clearing of any developed country historically. In the past, we’ve bulldozed more bush each year than poverty-stricken countries like Burma, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and the Congo.
Currently, 1,000 animal and plant species are at risk of extinction—including the koala.
In 2017–18, the woody vegetation clearing rate in Queensland was 392,000* hectares per year—over four and a half times what it was in 2009.4 2009–2010: 83,000 hectares 2010–2011: 92,000 hectares 2011–2012: 155,000 hectares 2012–2013: 261,000 hectares 2013–2014: 295,000 hectares 2014–2015: 296,000 hectares 2015–2016: 390,000 hectares 2016–2017: 356,000 hectares 2017–2018: 392,000 hectares
In New South Wales, the government has followed Queensland's lead by ripping up its native vegetation laws.
Meanwhile in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, plans are afoot for massive destruction in the Kimberley and Keep River regions for industrial agricultural schemes.
Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation could spiral further out of control. In Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria, deforestation laws have either been recently weakened or are currently facing rollbacks. Emissions from tree clearing from 2016 to 2030 are projected between 673 and 826 Mt CO²e without substantial policy change. By way of comparison, this is the equivalent of operating at least three to four extra dirty Hazelwood coal-fired power plants for this same period.
Thanks for reading I hope this blog helps you to make informed decisions in the future to reduce our nations enormous deforestation activity.