Lismore City Council’s Biodiversity Officer Wendy Neilan is encouraging people to get active in their local community following the release of a United Nations-backed report that paints a bleak picture for the world’s species.
Findings released from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) this week stated that up to one million plant and animal species face extinction because of human activities.
Wendy said this shocking report may make people lose hope. Instead, she encouraged people to get active and help the world’s species by doing something meaningful and getting involved in local biodiversity protection.
“The findings of the report are dire and you may be feeling disempowered by this news – but it’s not an empty platitude to say that one person can make a difference. We can all help this situation,” she said.
“We need to work together to prevent further land degradation, maintain the healthy habitat we have and restore what we can of our precious ecosystems. Lismore is home to some of the richest biodiversity in Australia. We can all get involved and help protect that for the future of our planet and our children.”
Here are some ways to get involved and help protect our local species:
- Learn about local biodiversity and how to improve the habitat of local plants and animals in your own backyard.