I’ve had about 8 requests for further information on saving the Australian lungfish. That’s a good start, and thanks to everyone who wrote in, but it’s not enough. Look at that beautiful finny beast to the right; do you want them all to die? And seriously, look at those fins: aren’t they spectacular? Don’t you want to know how they develop and how they evolved?
The Australian government is planning to dam the last rivers on which these spectacular vertebrates live, and that will be it for them. We’ll be left with nothing but bones and tissue samples and few relics in aquaria.
Those sure are beautiful, informative bones…but we can learn so much more from the living animal.
So let’s make one more big effort to let the Australian government know that there is international opposition to their cavalier destruction of an important and unique habitat. Losing these special creatures is a loss of scientific information and a loss of an unusual element of the Australian ecosystem.
If you’ve got a moment, write a polite and considerate letter to one or all of the following members of the Australian government. Let them know that they are planning to do irreparable damage to their environment, and the world is watching them.
- email@example.com (The Hon. Ian Campbell, Minister for the Environment and Heritage in the federal government, also Senator for Western Australia.)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (The Hon. Peter Beattie, Premier of Queensland.)
- PWHR@ministerial.qld.gov.au (The Hon. Robert Evan, Minister for Public Works, Housing and Racing, Queensland Government.)
- NRM@ministerial.qld.gov.au (The Hon. Henry Palaszczuk, Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Water, Queensland Government.)
- ELGPW@ministerial.qld.gov.au (The Hon. Desley Boyle, Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women, Queensland Government.)
- A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au (Mr Anthony Albanese MP.)
- Or click here to email them all at once
It doesn’t have to be a long letter, it would be sufficient to write a brief note that says the the world values these remarkable, unique animals, and that you think more effort must be made in cooperation with the scientific community to find alternatives. Remember, though: politeness and sincerity are paramount. Don’t give them an excuse to dismiss the email as the work of cranks.