EDO Tasmania was proud to release our 2013-2014 Annual report at our AGM last night. The AGM was an opportunity to reflect on the ups and downs of a reasonably chaotic 12 months, to thank those who’ve supported us and to celebrate our survival. Click here to read about what we’ve been up to and how we’re looking as we face the next 12 months.
Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Management Committee:
President: Roland Browne
Vice President: Leslie Frost
Secretary: Michael Lynch
Treasurer: Rosie Gude
Committee members: Lindi Wall, Tom Baxter, Michael Swanton, Dr Ben Richardson and Kellie Jay.
The 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan, released today, highlights the importance of Australian leadership in Antarctica. The report recommends increased funding to support scientific research, environmental protection, law and policy development, efficient administration and regional diplomacy.
The report also recognises the opportunities for Tasmania to contribute to building capacity in all these areas.
The latest edition of our Bulletin is now available. This edition features information about local government elections, new hurdles for the one-stop shop, opportunities to comment on Forestry Tasmania’s application for FSC certification and details of upcoming events – lots and lots of events! To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.
Interested in environmental law? Applications are open for our 2014-2015 summer internships, suitable for law, planning or policy students in their final or penultimate year of study.
Internships are a great opportunity to gain practical experience, use your research skills and learn more about Tasmania’s planning and environmental laws.
Applications are due on 17 November 2014. Download the application form.
It’s easy to feel powerless with such a rapid decline in biodiversity, and addressing this issue will require serious responses from government. However, there are also practical things that you can do. Check out our list of 10 simple ways to make a difference on World Animal Day.
The Living Planet Report 2014, prepared by WWF in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network, Water Footprint Network and Zoological Society of London, was released on 30 September 2014.
Biodiversity is declining sharply, while our demands on nature are unsustainable and increasing. We need 1.5 Earths to meet the demands we currently make on nature. This means we are eating into our natural capital, making it more difficult to sustain the needs of future generations.
The report makes a number of interesting (and depressing) findings:
- the number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish across the globe has declined by 52 per cent since 1970.
- habitat loss / degradation, exploitation and climate change are the primary drivers of biodiversity decline.
- Australia’s ecological footprint is the 13th highest in the world (down from 7th in the last report). The biggest component of this footprint is carbon emissions.
- if everyone lived like Australians, we’d need 3.6 planets to sustain the lifestyle.
Click here to read a summary of the report. The full report is available on the WWF website.
EDO Tasmania has been incredibly humbled by the level of community support we have received since the announcement that our funding would be terminated. This support will allow us to keep helping Tasmanians to protect their environment for another year. Thank you!
EDO Tasmania invites all members and supporters to a celebration of our survival. There will be some brief formalities (our AGM), followed by an Indian banquet. We’d love to see you there!
Download the invitation here.
WHERE: Annapurna, North Hobart (upstairs)
WHEN: 13 October 2014, 6:30pm
COST: $20 for EDO members, $30 for non-members
(includes banquet + wine)
To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know any dietary requirements.
The latest edition of our Bulletin is now available. This edition features information about the review of Commonwealth Marine Reserves, whaling in the Southern Ocean, environmental boycotts… plus the usual details about opportunities to comment and upcoming events. To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.
The 65th annual International Whaling Commission meeting in Slovenia ended last night.
Significantly, a resolution proposed by New Zealand (and supported by Australia) giving the IWC’s Scientific Committee a greater role in issuing scientific permits and determining whether proposed research programmes meet the criteria set down by the International Court of Justice was passed (39:19).
The resolution has the following implications:
- The Scientific Committee will review new and existing special permit research programmes and advise whether the scale and design of the programme is reasonable to achieve research objectives, whether the research objectives can be achieved by non-lethal means and any other matter the Scientific Committee considers relevant to implementation of the ICJ’s decision;
- The Scientific Committee will revise how it reviews special permit research programmes
- No further special permits for taking whales will be issued until the research programme has been reviewed and the IWC has considered the report of the Scientific Committee.
Despite this ruling, the Japanese Government confirmed at the meeting that it plans to submit a new research plan, with the aim of resuming whaling in the Antarctic Ocean in 2015.
Click here for an interesting article about the IWC’s scientific credibility. All the documents from the IWC meetings are available on the IWC website.
Click here to watch (or re-watch!) the great lecture by Dr Julia Jabour, Dr Tony Press and Indi Hodgson Johnson regarding the ICJ’s decision on Japan’s JARPA II research programme from earlier this year.
The Climate Council’s latest report, Counting the Costs, highlights the significant risks to homes and infrastructure from coastal flooding exacerbated by climate change. The key findings of the report include:
- Sea level has already risen and continues to rise due to climate change. Climate change exacerbates coastal flooding from a storm surge as the storm rides on higher sea levels.
- Australia is highly vulnerable to increasing coastal flooding because our cities, towns and critical infrastructure are mainly located on the coast. Australia’s infrastructure has been built for the climate of the 20th century and is unprepared for rising sea level.
- Coastal flooding is a sleeping giant. If the threat of sea level rise is ignored, the projected increases in economic damage caused by coastal flooding are massive.
- Rising sea levels pose risks for many of Australia’s species and iconic natural places, such as Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.
- Rising sea level is eroding the viability of coastal communities on islands in the Torres Strait and the Pacific, and in low-lying areas of Asia, increasing the likelihood of migration and resettlement.
- We need deep and urgent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions this decade and beyond if we are to avoid the most serious risks from rising sea levels and coastal flooding.