We’ve cleared too much land, jeopardising the clean air, pure water and fertile soil that a healthy environment provides for us. We need to reset the balance between humans, plants and animals, preserve the biodiversity we still have, and restore what’s been lost. The situation is urgent. Our land and our economy are endangered.
The Native Vegetation Act has been a life saver for NSW, saving the habitat of millions of animals by placing hundreds of thousands of hectares of farmland under improved environmental management. It has prevented soil erosion and salinity. But the NSW Government has decided to abolish it in favour of self-regulation, which has proven a weak alternative, full of loopholes that lead to broad scale land clearing.
Scientists, progressive farmers, landcare experts, local councils and environment groups are all warning of an environmental disaster.
Change is happening!
We know farming and native species do prosper together when modern and traditional practices are combined. Thousands of farmers and agriculturalists are proving it right now. Stewardship payments should be made to landowners who protect important native vegetation. And we need the right mix of regulation, education and funding. Our laws must remain strong.
What You Can Do:
- Contact your local MP, Minister for Environment and the Premier to let them know you want strong laws to protect our land.