There’s no doubt that we Aussies have not had a good past record for preserving our wildlife and its habitat. Many of our wild areas are still in alarming decline. Our species extinction rate is one of the worst in the world.
I’ve always held an optimistic view. We will wake up in time, WON’T WE?
Perhaps private conservation will be the solution. An astonishing six million hectares of Australia—something like the size of Tasmania—is now being privately protected for plants and animals. Hundreds of millions of dollars are involved as schemes spring up around the country.
Here’s a link to an interesting radio program, (Background Briefing – Radio National), where you can download an interesting set of interviews of conservationists and landholders. Have a listen, there is some great work being done.
Perhaps all is not lost.