"With Australia having the world’s worst record of mammalian extinctions, this article should resonate with Australian conservationists. We have enough extinctions and threatened species here as it is.
For your general conservation interest. If you have a few minutes, this is an illuminating read. But it is another egregious example of the ‘more of us, less of them’ crisis that is engulfing our planet. It is apropos to remind all of the alarming statistic that mankind, and our farm animals & pets comprise some 97% of vertebrate biomass. We have effectively almost wiped out the totality of wild species. And this is in an Africa of less than a billion humans, so can you image the carnage that will be perpetrated by that continent’s growth to 4 billion this century. The same fate has been happening locally on the Cumberland Plain, as that area’s valuable farmland and remaining natural ecosystems are progressively obliterated by Sydney’s growth. But we will be told again and again, ad nauseam, that growth provides jobs (and makes the rich richer) so it must be good; it only takes planning. Vale the back yard, and more kids raised in high rise boxes, and they’re just 2 of a long list of negative consequences of the endless growth paradigm."