Tell Equinor to leave the Great Australian Bight!
The Great Australian Bight is a spectacular place.
It's home to marine wildlife that's seen nowhere else in the world. It's pristine waters provide protection to the endangered Southern Right whale and Australian Sea Lion. Scientists are still discovering hundreds of new species every year.
Due to the abundance of life and extremely treacherous waters of the Great Australian Bight, you would think that no-one in their right mind would choose to drill for oil there. Unbelievably, however, Norwegian oil company Equinor have their drill rigs destined for the Bight.
Equinor has confirmed its intention to try extremely risky deepwater oil drilling for the summer of 2020-21.
Equinor's “Environmental Plan” is a document destined for Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). This document contains all of the information that Equinor provides to the controlling authorities to gain permission to drill for oil.
NOPSEMA is requesting the public to provide comment. This is your chance to tell Equinor what you think about their plan to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
If the Deepwater Horizon has taught us one thing it's you cannot responsibly drill for oil, anywhere!
Today NSW Labor pledged to stop the deforestation crisis by rewriting the Liberal party’s destructive laws that opened up precious koala habitat to the bulldozers. This is great news and it’s because of people like you speaking up that Labor has acted.
But their plan lacks immediate action to stop the bulldozers. If they’re serious about saving koalas and ending the deforestation crisis they need to commit to an immediate ban on bulldozing the trees our koalas and other threatened animals need.
Every day 23 football fields of koala habitat are bulldozed in NSW, every day we wait for action is another day of trauma and death - a reality faced by hundreds of species threatened by deforestation.
Labor today committed to establish a taskforce of scientists, conservationist and farmers to recommend laws “capable of stopping deforestation”.
But koalas can’t wait for a taskforce. In the time it takes to set up a taskforce, thousands of hectares of koala habitat will be wiped out - and thousands of native animals will die. It’s simply not good enough.
Today NSW Labor have shown they are willing to act on deforestation. If enough of us speak up now and show them the people of NSW want more action to save our forests and koalas, they could commit to a ban before the election.
Reef pollution can be seen from space
A muddy polluted plume has spread 60kms into our beautiful Reef’s waters, a shocking demonstration of how far pollution can spread. Our Great Barrier Reef is being crippled by fertiliser and sediment runoff from farms - just when it needs resilience in the face of rapidly warming oceans. But thankfully this week we’ve been given a rare chance to save our Reef from farm pollution.
Thank you Jan, Christeen and Kate!
Sometimes I am to quick and post petitions and when I am working through the topics I see that you have done them already dear Kate!
Australia plans to dump more than 1 million tons of sludge in Great Barrier Reef waters
"The last thing the reef needs is more sludge dumped on it, after being slammed by the floods recently. One million tonnes of dumping dredged sludge into world heritage waters treats our reef like a rubbish tip."
Done what I can!
I thought i had posted one of the koala ones-mabe somewhere else? they are here and that is what counts. Australia is on the same path as Trump and Bolsonaro.
Agree dear Kate! And to dump 1mio tonnes of dredge sludge into the Great Barrier Reaf is another unbelievable action!!
Help save our Koalas - DEW - SA Government- Federal Government,stop Sterilising our Koalas
Stop clearfelling NSW state forests to burn them for electricity
A gun range over koalas. Gee, what a great decision that is. -what those $%$^^are.
.BAN SEISMIC TESTING IN AUSTRALIAN WATERS
Australia, permanently protect the Bight from oil drilling !
They're Destroying Precious Koala Habitat For A Gun Range
I got that news this morning in my mail but had no time to read it. I will though.
https://www.change.org/p/alan-lanyon-saving-snowy-brumbies Australia’s Wild Horses!
They are as bad as the US/BLM but with better accents.
Signed! Thanks Christeen and Kate!
UPDATE on petitionReturn the $444 million given to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation by improper process.
Petition by Catherine Larkin · 66,976 supporters
Signed! Thanks dear Ellen and Kate
I can not even read those as I am angry just seeing them there.
RIP little one....
.Koala Drowns While Seeking Shelter From Australia Heatwave in Swimming Pool | The Independent
Julie - 1 day ago - independent.co.uk
A few weeks ago the Victorian government started logging the old growth forests of Granite Mountain in East Gippsland.
Giant trees that are hundreds of years old are being bulldozed.
Take action - Email Premier Andrews
Maybe this was posted already.
Incredible news! A NSW court has just rejected a coal mine in the beautiful Gloucester Valley in NSW because it would have “dire” consequences for the community and climate.
The landmark Rocky Hill coal mine case is an historic victory for community and climate over big coal.
A huge congratulations to Groundswell Gloucester and the Environmental Defenders Office NSW who fought for justice and won.
Today’s people-powered court win sends a powerful message to our leaders and big coal: people and the law are rising to stop coal polluting our planet and hurting our communities.
It’s time to get rid of dirty coal and gas and transition NSW to clean energy that benefits communities, the climate and our environment.
In his judgement, Justice Brian Preston said: “The global problem of climate change needs to be addressed by multiple local actions to mitigate emissions”.
Even the courts say the era of coal is over, but none of the major parties in NSW have got a credible plan to bolster clean energy and act on climate change.
It’s time for all parties to stop messing with our future and lock in a credible plan to tackle dangerous climate change.
Thanks for standing up for a better future,
Senior Energy and Climate Campaigner
Nature Conservation Council of NSW
P.S. With the NSW election about 40 days away we’re ramping up the pressure on all parties. Last night we joined forces with Greenpeace and dropped in on NSW Labor’s event at parliament to make sure they get the message loud and clear.
Here’s what MPs and candidates saw out the window during the event:
https://www.wwf.org.au/get-involved/save-koalas?utm_source=Marketo&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=2019-02-05_EP_ME_Engagement_Koala-campaign-update_Signed&utm_content=Button&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTXprM1pESmpOR1ZrTW1abCIsInQiOiI1XC9jQmhYeEEreXpVWWxGeHdGRG5WWmdxZnJzbGtJeWlLVG9lOUJhSzVpVlN1RGJOQ3paUkZTbFRXWjUrZUUyTnJ0eVM5RzlhdVM1RDFvNzVBbGg4SmVpOHlMckJzN1BmM1lTNFlEZlVlbWptODRMRjdWU2FadEsyeUZuK2lnUW8ifQ%3D%3D#gs.YLbGLPzbUrgent: Koalas could be extinct in NSW as early as 2050. We can’t let this happen.
Signed! Thank you dear Ellen, Christeen, Jan and Kate!
Done what I can.
OPERATION REEF DEFENCE
ADANI is hellbent on making sure their reef-wrecking coal mine goes ahead this year.
They are self-funding their scaled-down project after banks around Australia and in Asia refused to do so. They're rolling trucks on site. If the site goes ahead, it will also threaten the natural habitat of the rare black throated finch. Adani are relentlessly pressuring politicians in the media and have even put up billboards to intimidate the Queensland Government into rushing through their final approvals.There are only a few approvals standing in the way of Adani digging their dirty coal mine, but there’s still time to stop them!
Our movement needs to be more powerful than ever before to ensure this is the year we #StopAdani once and for all.
JOIN your local Stop Adani group - now’s the time to get involved. Click here to find a group near you.
LEARN more about Bob Brown's Stop Adani Convoy - On the Road to Action.
Petitions signed! Thanks dear Kate
An update on Samson.
Up to date! thanks Ladies
Signed for Samson
There is so much right abut this article yet so much that is wrong. As always humancentricity is in the forefront as people many do not see why roos are not "pests" but it is they who are the problem. There are many though who do truly care.
https://act.greenpeace.org/page/37447/petition/1?utm_medium=email&utm_source=EMEN&utm_campaign=email_Fedelection&utm_content=20190125+Federal+election+replace+coal+-+PET+C&ea.url.id=1745600Right now, Australia is suffering through heatwaves, droughts and bushfires. And climate change is making these extremes the new norm.
https://www.change.org/p/commonwealth-government-australian-government-to-show-leadership-and-listen-to-local-concerns-about-the-mdbp It sounds a bit like the US only with better accents.
Caught up at last.
I'll try to look at that later. The way their government they too will have to start calling it the Environmental Pollution Agency instead of the E-Protection-Agency as I call it here.
Going into the 2019 federal election, we’re launching our biggest-ever national campaign to fix Australia’s failing nature laws. We’re already off to a good start. Late last year, we convinced the Labor party to commit to powerful new environmental protections and a national Environment Protection Agency (EPA), if elected.
This is a critical moment in Australia’s history— perhaps a once in a generation chance—to fix the laws that are needed to protect the places we love. I feel energised and excited. I hope you do too.
Please enjoy reading about all the victories and progress
you have helped make possible throughout 2018, and thank you once again for supporting our vital work.
Oh I missed many! Catching up now!
I actually had not posted the petition to go with the update below so here it is.
On the morning of 6 January, Kate McBride woke to find a million fish floating dead in the stagnant river water of the Lower Darling River.
This is a devastating start to 2019. You’ve probably heard about the environmental disaster that has unfolded in the Darling River in western NSW. Millions of fish, including 100-year-old Murray cod, are being wiped out in a human-made disaster caused by the NSW Government’s mismanagement of the river system, by corporate greed and climate change.
For too long the NSW Government has allowed too much water to be diverted from the Murray-Darling River system. Thanks to low flows, algal blooms and wild variations in water temperature, oxygen has been sucked out of the river creating deadly conditions for fish and other animals that depend on the river for their survival. Some giant cod that swam the river longer than most of us have been alive are now gone forever.
Our rivers are our lifeblood and need to be managed properly.
Scientists, locals and environment groups have all attributed the mass fish kill to the mismanagement of the river, yet the NSW Government denies responsibility. NSW Water Minister Niall Blair blames it solely on drought, refusing to acknowledge his government's role in letting big irrigators suck billions of litres out of the river to make mega-profits.
People around Australia are outraged and rightly so. This is a national environmental disaster.
With the NSW election just 10 weeks away we have a unique opportunity to demand commitments from the Berejiklian government to improve water management.
Healthy rivers and wetlands are essential for wildlife, Aboriginal heritage, local communities and a diverse range of industries, from floodplain grazing to tourism and recreational fishing.
The rivers and wetlands of NSW are under extreme stress after decades of catchment degradation, watercourse diversion, unsustainable water extraction and climate change.
Removing water from rivers, wetlands and groundwater systems has collapsed native fish and bird populations, degraded precious ecosystems and increased soil salinity and erosion.
With the NSW election 10 weeks away now’s the time to demand action.
Thanks for speaking up about this devastating environmental disaster.
Several thousand grey-headed flying foxes are killed each year by tree netting. Bat are ecologically important pollinators and need to be protected. Demand the Australian government ban netting that endangers bats and instead promotes netting that is bat-safe.
Following the release of leaked documents last month which showed an oil spill in our Great Australian Bight could reach as far as Bondi, thousands of you have spoken out. Support is building in the Federal Parliament for protection of the globally significant Great Australian Bight from the risks that come with oil and gas – with the Greens, Independent Senator Tim Storer and the Centre Alliance’s Rebekha Sharkie MP all pushing for strong new measures.
Drilling for oil is just too risky in the deep, wild waters of the Great Australian Bight – with the potential to devastate our marine life, local communities, fishing and tourism businesses. Together we will continue to encourage all political parties to support a ban on oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight.
Following the Coalition Government’s deep cuts to our National Network of Marine Sanctuaries – equivalent to removing every second national park on land! – it is crucial as we head towards the next federal election to ensure all parties commit to putting in place the remaining sanctuaries that our marine life so desperately needs. Community support to restore our sanctuaries is stronger than ever before. Hundreds of thousands of Australians have taken action to save our sanctuaries, including most recently a whopping 80,000 submissions (including from a record 16,000 recreational fishers) who have rejected the devastating cuts.Thousands of you have put up your hand to help deliver a personalised marine sanctuaries book, signed by locals, to your federal MP and Senators. These meetings have continued to roll out right around the country throughout the year – sending a powerful message that we want to see our sanctuaries restored and asking our MPs to support their constituents to make this happen.
Earlier this year we discovered that behind the scenes the Coalition Government is looking at allowing massive overseas fishing vessels into our waters by reflagging them as Australian boats. At the same time the Government has now cut back protection in the large offshore deepwater sanctuaries where these vessels might operate – areas which are not currently fished by local fleets as they are too costly and too far from port. A huge thanks to the tens of thousands of you who have contacted your MP and the Coalition Government. The message from the Australian public is loud and clear! But this remains a grave threat and we will need to continue to work together to make sure these massive fishing vessels from afar are not allowed to strip our waters.This makes banning Supertrawlers even more important, following overwhelming concern about the impacts on Australia’s marine life and local fishing communities. (The Coalition Government’s ‘sham ban’ on Supertrawlers longer than 140 metres in reality only stops the 3 largest Supertrawlers on the planet – a drop in the ocean!)
.Stop Fatal Poisoning of Great Barrier Reef Turtles
The waters of the Great Barrier Reef are heavily laden with chemicals, accounting for the deaths of over 100 turtles. These green turtles are indicative of the health of the reef, which is already faring poorly due to various factors. Sign this petition to clean up the water and prevent future turtle deaths.
I will watch it but not now. "Just a bird"? No such thing. They are all important. Cormorants are fascinating birds
Be among the first to see never-before-seen footage of the incredible Great Southern Reef.
Watch and share this video to protect the reef from risky oil drilling.
Discovering the astonishing beauty of the Great Southern Reef
Have you ever been somewhere only a few people have ever seen? The feeling of awe and beauty is hard to describe. That’s what it was like exploring never-before-surveyed dive sites at the little-known Great Southern Reef, off Kangaroo Island. It has to be seen to be believed.
But the Reef could be devastated by an oil spill in the Great Australian Bight. See for yourself the incredible beauty and share to protect this magical place.
To some this may be “just a bird”. But this bird, a cormorant found deceased in a shark net at Marcoola Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland in November, epitomises everything that is wrong with the Queensland Government's Shark Control Program. This bird should have been able to feed and exist in its own environment without human-imposed threat. Yet, it died needlessly in a program that provides a false sense of security. This bird highlights how these nets do not discriminate.
DANGEROUS seismic testing for oil and gas drilling in the Great Australian Bight was thankfully delayed by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) this month.
Oil exploration company PGS submitted a request to undertake seismic testing in pristine waters 51km from the Eyre Peninsula, 90km west of Kangaroo Island and 80km south-southwest of Port Lincoln.
This latest news should be another warning for Equinor and other oil and gas companies wanting to exploit the Great Australian Bight.
There is no social licence for oil and gas drilling and seismic blasting will devastate the Bight's ecosystem.
SUPPORT the Great Australian Bight Alliance by signing their
OPERATION REEF DEFENCE
AS ADANI prepares to start work on their scaled-down mine before Christmas, the mining giant this week faced court to challenge a prosecution by the Queensland Government over the discharge of coal-laden water into the Great Barrier Reef at Abbot Point in 2017.
It’s shocking that governments continue to trust Adani to push ahead with a mine at a time when they’re being prosecuted in court for polluting the Great Barrier Reef with coal.
When the time comes, we will be calling on all our supporters to join our long-time supporter Bob Brown and his cavalcade of cars from all over Australia to protest at the Carmichael mine site in time for the next federal election.
LEARN more about Bob Brown's
signed! Thanks dear Kate and Christeen
'Don’t Bulldoze Endangered Parrot Habitat
The threatened Tasmanian swift parrot could lose nearly 100 acres of habitat to construction of a dam, hastening its encroaching extinction. The species has suffered a steady downfall over the years, and its loss could badly impact the ecosystem. Sign this petition to stop the plans for the dam and protect these birds.
Both are signed and shared.
Garden Nets Are Killing Hundreds of These Adorable Bats a Year and No One Is Stopping It
'Please Protect Sydney's Koalas ! ! ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher - 6 days ago - action.ifaw.org
Good news Kate! Petitions signed!
Thanks for taking action Christeen!
They are crappy to wildlife but have done this...
I signed for the birds. I happened to see a comment and she said the cats were being targeted. I saw nothing about cats though.The NSW will be naked with no trees koalas. Not a place I would live.
Also posted in the Birds topic
#PETITION - Save Critically Endangered Australian Bird Species
Lone - 1 day ago - forcechange.com
Will you ask the ALP Opposition Leader, Deputy Leader and Shadow Environment Minister to stand strong on new national nature laws and institutions?
Illegal logging of endangered forests. Out of control deforestation. Adani mining the Galilee Basin. Water theft in the Murray-Darling Basin. These problems are solvable. But Australia’s politicians are not thinking about the future. Already this country is the worst in the world for mammal loss and the rate of extinction is getting worse. This is an extinction crisis.
It’s time for an independent umpire for nature to ensure decision-making is in the national interest, not for vested interests.
Recently, the Labor Opposition added an independent commission to the final draft of its national policy platform—as well as strong new nature laws.
TELL ALP TO STAND STRONG ON INDEPENDENT COMMISSION
Help stop the accreditation of shark fin exports from the Great Barrier Reef
Australia’s worst fishery for sharks and other wildlife is the East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery (ECIFFF) in Queensland, and it is due for accreditation in the next two weeks. This fishery sets damaging gillnets in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and current laws allow endangered hammerhead sharks to be killed and sold. The high value fins are exported to Asia and the meat is either sold in Australia or discarded at sea. This is depleting an important group of sharks that are crucial to the health of the Reef. An investigation by our colleagues at AMCS and WWF-Australia also revealed shocking numbers of unaccounted for dugongs, dolphins and turtles being caught in the fishery’s gillnets. The Federal Environment Minister, The Hon Melissa Price MP, is currently deciding whether to give this fishery another export approval and we don’t think she should without stricter regulations to stop the capture of endangered species. If we don’t act now, it will be another three years before the Minister can stop this again.
Please add your name to send an urgent message to Minister Price today.
Perhaps Kate! There are members who are not posting in the group but who are active by signing petitions.
Julie - 2 days ago - youtube.com
Do we have anyone from Australia here?
Last week 4,000 animals nearly drowned alive when a dangerous death-ship almost sank trying to leave a Victorian port. Twice. The ABC has obtained shocking footage of the MV Jawan rocking uncontrollably and nearly sinking as thousands of terrified cows were locked inside.1
Everyone knows the live-export industry is out of control. We've gone from animals roasting alive in extreme heat to animals almost drowning alive in an industry that's lurching from crisis to crisis.2
That's why it's so important that we shut this trade down before the end of the year.
With Julia Banks walking away from the Morrison Government to join Kerryn Phelps on the cross-bench – it could now take only one or two Liberal MP to cross the floor and we can shut down this miserable trade.
Kate, with a federal election just around the corner, the last thing Scott Morrison wants is to lose a vote on the floor of Parliament. That's why we believe we can force him to cave in, or – with the growing, brave crossbench – force a vote through.
The numbers have literally never been closer.3 And our sources tell us that Independent MP Rebekah Sharkie is set to introduce a Bill to ban live sheep exports – today.
Will you help us edge it over the line?
Contact your Liberal MP or Senator and tell them to back to Bill to ban live sheep exports.
This is an industry which consistently puts profit above decency.
The MV Jawan was supposed to be a cargo ship – it was never meant for living, breathing animals. When the animals panicked and flocked inside, the ship almost went down, drowning them. The ship is registered through a loophole in Panama where regulations are lax.4
The only thing less stable than the live exports industry is the Morrison Government.
Julia Banks. Kerryn Phelps. Rebekah Sharkie. Andrew Wilkie. Adam Bandt.
The list of MPs we expect will take a stand is growing by the day.
And with Scott Morrison increasingly isolated in Minority Government, one Liberal MP crossing the floor is all it could take to secure the passage of a live sheep export ban.
Add your voice – send a message to your local Liberal MP or Senator.
Earlier in the year, we were shocked by the footage of the Awassi Express where more than 2,400 sheep died en route, cooking in the heat. Last week, another 4,000 animals almost drowned.
Banning live sheep exports is the first crucial step towards a complete ban on all live exports, and we're working closely with our friends at Animals Australia to ensure we have maximum impact and stop this brutal trade.
Our people-powered movement is growing stronger by the day, and we are seeing the Coalition's stranglehold on power crumbling. Nobody knows what will happen in Parliament or whether this Bill will pass, but we need to keep the pressure on in this final week of Parliament and right up until the e
i can not even look at the pictures of those animals-even not looking makes me want to cry. I signed it with a US zip code already if that is the one that was posted yesterday. If not I will surely sign with an AUS code.
Sent to me by my friend Janine from Australia
"if you could pretend you’re from Australia using my postcode 3915 or 3000, 3196 etc, I’d be most appreciative."
URGENT: Dead on the water
The Morrison government promised they would crack down on live export cruelty. But, for all their reviews and 'tough talk', they're still prepared to risk sheep 'cooking alive' at sea — and are actively stopping a political vote that could end the trade.
We've prepared a message that you can send to your MP right now, simply click the link below to take this new urgent action for the sheep:
A bunny was dropped from a high balcony and thrown at a ceiling in a disturbing case of animal cruelty. The people responsible are still at large. Demand justice for this innocent rabbit.