The Palaszczuk Government recognises the vital work needed to help protect the wildlife and natural environments that are unique to Queensland on Earth Day.
The theme of Earth Day 2019 is “protect our species” and Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said it was an important reminder that action is needed to safeguard our planet against harmful impacts driven by human activity.
“Protecting our species isn’t only about protecting our wildlife, it’s also about protecting the habitats they live in,” Ms Enoch said.
“We know that climate change is the greatest challenge facing our planet today, and recently the Bramble Cay melmonys was declared the first mammal to be recorded extinct due to climate change.
“There are species in Queensland that are not found anywhere else in the world and it is critical that we unite to take urgent action protecting them.”
Ms Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government invests in a range of projects and programs that protect Queensland’s iconic wildlife.
“Last week six bilbies were released into the Currawinya National Park, following a major upgrade to the predator exclusion fence,” Ms Enoch said.
“Every year we also provide funding to support a range of koala conservation measures including education, rehabilitation, monitoring and habitat restoration.
“The Palaszczuk Government is also doing much more on a broader scale to protect Queensland’s unique biodiversity.”
Ms Enoch said the government has committed to a target of zero net emissions by 2050 and 50% renewable energy by 2030.
“Last year we combatted single use plastic bags and brought in the container refund scheme, which has already seen more than 400 million containers returned,” she said.
“This year we are not slowing down when it comes to matters of climate change, and promoting sustainable practises for businesses, industry and households.
“Our initiatives not only increase investment in industry and create more jobs, they are underpinned by science and protect the environment,” Ms Enoch said.
“The waste levy coming into effect on 1 July will enable us to improve our waste management and stop interstate waste coming into Queensland.
“We’ve also recently announced first six successful projects under the flagship Land Restoration Fund, which support carbon farming projects in Queensland.
“Queensland is also hosting its first ever Climate Week in June.
“Business and community representatives, including former US Vice President Al Gore, will be in attendance to discuss how we can all work together to address climate change.”
For more information on the Queensland Government’s Climate Change Response visit https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/climate/climate-change
For more information about the Queensland Government’s Waste Strategy visit www.qld.gov.au/wastestrategy
For more information about the Queensland Government’s Land Restoration Fund visit https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/climate/climate-change/land-restoration-fund
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch