Australia Release “Zero Extinction” Plan
The Australian government recently announced their 10-year plan to prevent any new extinctions of their local wildlife, which includes setting aside 30% of their land mass for the cause.
Australia’s Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek, revealed the plan at a local zoo in Sydney, saying: “Our current approach has not been working.”
Thus, this initiative is in response to a government report that was released in July, which revealed that the local environment was “poor and deteriorating”. The report also disclosed that the country has already lost more mammal species than any other continent in the world.
“If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’ll keep getting the same results,” Plibersek continued as she announced the 224.5-million-Australian-dollar-plan. She also mentioned that the government was “determined to give wildlife a better chance.”
Officially named the “Threatened Species Action Plan: Towards Zero Extinctions”, the project is inspired by the global “30×30” initiative, of which the United States of America and a number of other countries have also joined.
Environmental justice advocates, scientists, and conservationists from around the world have all called upon governments to dedicate 30% of their lands, waters and oceans to become protected areas by 2030.
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