Save Koalas From Destructive Coal Mine

Target: New South Wales Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock

Goal: Protect koalas that could become extinct as a result of building a coal mine.

Koalas may be killed if they are not granted more stable protections before the Shenhua Watermark coal mine in New South Wales is built. These animals are listed as a vulnerable species and have had to deal with various setbacks, including chlamydia, drought, and bushfires. It is important that whatever possible is done to help make sure they thrive.

Land needs to be cleared to proceed with building the mine. However, doing so will greatly destroy the koalas’ habitat. Unfortunately, the koala was not listed as a vulnerable species when the project was first approved by the federal government. Therefore, it may be allowed to proceed without first making sure koalas are adequately protected under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Sadly, an environmental consultant who works for the company found that there were an average approximately 0.04 koalas occupying each hectare of land. This means that koala populations have declined 87 percent in the area since the years 2012 and 2013.

Although the project will likely be allowed to proceed since koalas were not considered to be a threatened species when the coal mine was first approved, Shenhua could be required to take extra steps to make sure the animals are better protected if it is found they could be more greatly impacted than originally thought. Sign this petition and demand the most protections possible be granted to koalas before the Shenhua Watermark coal mine is built so that they will be less likely to become locally extinct.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Hancock,

It is possible that koalas in New South Wales will die out more quickly if arrangements are not made to better protect them before the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project starts. Koalas are already struggling because of bushfires, droughts, and chlamydia. These animals must be granted the most protections possible so that they can successfully survive in the wild.

Many trees would have to be chopped down before the mining project was able to start. Since koalas live in these trees, cutting them down would put them at risk of getting run over by cars, attacked by dogs and even falling and drowning in pools. An environmental consultant found that koala populations have declined 87 percent since 2012 and 2013, clearly indicating that more needs to be done to make sure the koalas in this area do not become extinct.

Even though this mining project is likely to proceed since koalas were not found to be in as much danger when the coalmine was first authorized to be built, it is crucial that the people in charge of this project take more precautions to make sure koalas are better protected. We therefore demand that the Shenhua Group be required to do whatever necessary to make sure impact on these animals is minimal before being allowed to proceed with this project.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Till Niermann

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4 Comments

  1. Firstly no more coal?!!! It’s 2020 we know better and need other energy’s other than COAL!! Are you kidding me? Animal are way more important than coal! You need to respect you animals better!! No save the Koalas, help the Koalas! Fuck Coal!!!

  2. That’s right!!! Use something that isn’t going to keep wrecking the environment!!! & respect animals more!! They’re important. Think how you’d feel if you were them!!??!! & they’ve been through enough!! 😞😞😔😩😭😭😡 & animals are not ever expendable!!!! ☹️😩😢

  3. New South Wales Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock

    Protect our precious koalas that could become extinct as a result of building a coal mine.

    It is possible that koalas in New South Wales will die out more quickly if arrangements are not made to better protect them before the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project starts. Koalas are already struggling because of bushfires, droughts, and chlamydia. These animals must be granted the most protections possible so that they can successfully survive in the wild.

    The Australian Government is an absolute disgrace. These monster bastards must stop continuing allowing new coal mines in Australia.
    Haven’t you lowlife Australian Government monsters caused enough damage, desruction and Wildlife deaths in our beautiful country.

    • I’m in australia Bev, your right the government is piss weak and its all about the money to them. They couldn’t give a shit about animals. Theres a few places here trying to save the species but it will probably go extinct in the future. Wish bloody humans would go extinct!

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