Doug Tallamy, entomologist, ecologist and conservationist
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When you join Backyards for Biodiversity SEQ you will receive
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Members can read the rules of our organisation HERE.
Protecting biodiversity and encouraging its restoration is vital work and you have joined a community committed to action. Your membership allows us to spread the word and make our community stronger. There will be opportunities to meet like minded residents and to participate in activities designed to spread our message of bringing nature home!
This phrase was used often by conservationists in the 1980's and before. We want to bring it back.
Life- all life - is indescribingly precious and valuable. Our planet, remains, the only sure bet for life in the knoweable universe and yet we seem to be hell bent on destroying it. This is unbelievably foolish given that our life, our destiny, is ultimately tied to the survival of all other life forms.
All of our citizens must realise that to meet our needs - of fresh air, clean water, chemical free food, stable climate, postive physical and mental health - we must maintain the integrity of our natural environments. When we lose biodiversity it is a clear sign that our environmental systems are suffering.
Despite the facts above, our planet's biodiversity, is in a steady decline. We have a long and sadly long list of both extinct and endangered species. Almost every species has suffered declines of abundance. In every global region life is in decline.
In Australia we have not fared better. Our mammal extinction rate is the worst in the world. Our biodiversity suffers from habitat destruction, invasive species [especially cats, foxes and toads], pollution, over exploitation and human population growth.
Knowing the information above demands that we act!
We want people to act. To do something rather than just think and talk. We want people planting locally native plants: again and again and again.. We want them planting a diversity of species plus a diversity of plant forms. We want them making frog ponds and bird baths. We want them choosing particular local plants for our local bees and butterflies. We want them making bee hotels and bat boxes. We want them adding critter 'furniture' to their gardens; stones, logs, branches, mulch to offer shelter for our fauna.
We want people to act. To share their gardens and their reasons with their friends, family, neighbours and enemies. To encourage their neighbours, local businesses and politicians to encourage biodiversity in the lands that they manage.
Hopefully the more people who are enjoying biodiversity grow in their backyards the more people will be approving of its protection and / or restoration elsewhere.
We appreciate Backyards for Biodiversity is not the only solution to the biodiversity crisis, however it can be a strong positive first step. We want you to take the journey with us.