Climate Change, Covid and our National Parks

Brian Everingham, President, Southern Sydney Branch

The last time I walked overseas – indeed, travelled beyond the boundaries of my State – was in December 2018. At that time, within limits, one could almost describe the world as “normal”, as relatively benign, and even perhaps as welcoming. I was in Sri Lanka, visiting its national parks and soaking in the wildlife.  

I hasten to add that even on that trip there were dark clouds on the horizon. One location we visited had been devastated by the tsunami of 2004 and in Colombo, on our return, we had to negotiate our way through large protests about living conditions and corrupt governance.  

More parks the solution to dire environmental situation

The National Parks Association of NSW welcomes Commonwealth Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek’s commitment to protect a third of Australia’s land and the seas by 2030.

“Today’s release of the National State of the Environment Report confirms the dire condition of our natural landscapes, biodiversity and climate,” stated NPA President Dr Grahame Douglas.

Bushfire Inquiries: Reports and Analysis

George Punt, NPA Park Management Committee

NPA recently made submissions to the two major inquiries into the Black Summer bushfires. The inquiries are largely a thoughtful reflection on the ‘Black Summer’ fires and make sound suggestions about managing fires given the impacts of global warming. NPA will need to monitor how these suggestions are implemented. The inquiries note that the impulse to escalate controlled burning and other measures in national parks remains a strong theme in public discussions.

Speaking 4 the Planet: An initiative where science meets art

Phil Smith, Director, Speaking 4 the Planet

Speaking 4 the Planet is founded on the belief that Science provides the information we need to achieve sustainability, and the Arts are the vehicles to bring change to our societies: Science provides the data; the Arts change the world.

Beat Plastic Pollution. Connecting People to Nature. Illegal Trade in Wildlife. Seven Billion Dreams.One Planet.Consume with Care. Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level. Think.Eat.Save. Beat Air Pollution.

Climate Change Anthem

(To be sung to the tune of Advance Australia Fair)

Australia’s water must be saved
we need each precious drop
we’ve wasted water long enough
and now it’s gotta stop.
Our land grows browner every day
the dams are dry, we’re told
this generation has the means
for change, we must be bold.

So loud and strong now let us sing
for change, we must be bold

The climate change is caused by man
land management is poor
our rivers choke and wildlife dies
can’t do it anymore.
A dry tsunami threatens us
not fiction, it’s a fact
before the landscape chokes with salt
our government must act.

So loud and strong now let us sing
our government must act.

Don’t leave it to the pollies
to Kyoto and the Yanks
we must act now to make things right
please join us in the ranks.
Sustain, conserve, de-salinate
give life back to our lands
c’mon now, all you Aussie mates
the future’s in our hands.

So loud and strong now let us sing
the future’s in our hands!

© Pip Griffin 2007