Wildlife, trees prominent
Poll shows most believe reef is in a state of ‘decline’
A NEW report has found Australians’ concern about the state of the country’s environment is rising, with protecting the Great Barrier Reef the top concern.
The Backyard Barometer shows we’re concerned about our forests, beaches, oceans and wildlife, and overwhelmingly support more action to protect natural habitats.
“It has been encouraging to see such a strong sense of ownership among Australians when it comes to their ‘big backyard’ with issues such as the Great Barrier Reef, climate change, plastic pollution and tree clearing already front of mind,” WWF Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said. Protecting Australia’s endangered animals, forests and trees ranked second, with 93 per cent saying their protection is important.
According to the report, Australians most want to see koalas protected, followed by whales and bilbies.
The report confirmed spending time in the “great outdoors” was part of the Australian way of life.
In the past two years, three out of four Australians have visited a national part or nature reserve.
But 82 per cent said they were concerned the younger generation would grow up with less access to nature and wildlife.
Eighty nine per cent of respondents agreed there should be investment in restoring the environment, and 81 per cent said we should grow more trees than we cut down.
Other areas of concern for respondents to the Backyard Barometer were the heritage listed Daintree Forrest near Cape Tribulation north of Port Douglas, Tasmanian forests, Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, Uluru, the Snowy Mountains in NSW, Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia and the Kimberly.