Piers Verstegen 21st April 2015
Thank you all for being here today.
It's incredible to see the diversity of groups that have turned up today and supported the campaign against these unfair, undemocratic, unnecessary and unwanted laws.
Over 60 civil society organisations have joined together to oppose this bill.
With renewed calls for more prescribed burning in the media, it is time to set the record straight regarding fire and prescribed burning in South West forests and parks.
Over the last few days, an organised pro-burning lobby has been using the current fire emergencies to promote its view that more burning is required, and that such burning will be effective in preventing such emergencies.
Hydraulic Fracturing (‘Fracking’) for gas or oil involves pumping a cocktail of highly carcinogenic and toxic chemicals deep underground at extreme pressure in order to fracture rocks and release natural gas. Where this has occurred elsewhere in the world it has resulted in the permanent contamination of groundwater aquifers. Here in WA, the fracking industry is currently active and unregulated.
The Conservation Council is, with partners, campaigning to stop this dangerous process. Check out the Clean Water Healthy Land campaign site.
Tell your MP, the Environment Minister and the Premier that you care - use the handy 'Find Your MP' function on our online action here.
Check out the amazing advertisment that we've had made about the risks of shale gas fracking here.
Our beautiful South West forests are under threat from shocking new plans to increase karri and jarrah logging!
Western Australia has forests that are globally significant biodiversity hotspots, containing a unique diversity of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. Forests are natural carbon stores, water filters and rain makers, but above all else are vital for a healthy eco-system and community.
Less than 1% of Australia’s South West marine environment is protected, despite being home to a far greater level of unique species than the Great Barrier Reef.
Join us in calling for a network of large marine sanctuaries in Australia’s South West.
Western Australians are among the biggest consumers of resources in the world and one of the biggest factors contributing to this unsustainable consumption is the lack of recycling activity here in WA. Just about everything we throw away can potentially be recycled, but in WA we send thousands of tonnes of packaging, building materials and other valuable resources to rubbish dumps around the state every year.
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We are working together to create a better future for our children.
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