We have some exciting updates on the Act for Birds Campaign!
- Act for Birds community forums wrapped up in Geelong 2 weeks ago
- All branches who hosted an event to be part of a magazine feature
- Senate Inquiry into the Faunal Extinction Crisis launched
- Day of national action this September 10th to Stand Against Extinction
Act for Birds community forums wrapped up in Geelong 2 weeks ago
Over three months we’ve helped eleven different branches and communities host conversations about environmental laws and bird conservation. Through these events, we got to meet over 550 people across six states, many of whom came along to a BirdLife branch event for the first time. The community who came along to Geelong have been full of glowing feedback about how informative and inspiring it was, and assured us that they’ll help us win strong laws to save birds by taking local action. It was a fantastic way to wrap up the first phase of the campaign.
All branches who hosted an event to be part of a magazine feature
We’re planning on having a double-page spread on the forums in the next issue of the BirdLife magazine. Can you help us put together a list of concrete actions that have come out of the forum your branch held? For example, did anyone get to go on a bird walk with a politician, or arrange a meeting with a local MP, or did your local MP tell you how many letters they’d received? Have you had an update on the local issue you wrote to them about? I’ll try to reach you on the phone this week, but if you’re reading this email and have something to add, please hit reply to this email and let me know!
Senate Inquiry into the Faunal Extinction Crisis launched
In the next couple of weeks we hope to be able to tell all our branches and supporters what the impact of the Act for Birds campaign has been, and chatting to you this week will help us do that. But we know we’re already having an impact – we’ve been told by someone who met with the Threatened Species Commissioner that the community pressure we’ve put on politicians to get serious about strong nature laws is a big part of why the Senate Inquiry into the Faunal Extinction Crisis is happening now. So give yourselves a pat on the back!
The fact that this inquiry is happening now is a testament to the concerted efforts of the BirdLife Network – a strong sign that we are sending a powerful message and creating political momentum for change to happen. The announcement of the Inquiry is a win in and of itself, but crucially, it is also a terrific opportunity for BirdLife to highlight and overcome some of the challenges we face in preventing extinction.
Save the date: Monday September 10, 2018
We don’t have all the details yet but the date is fast approaching, so lock it in and we'll be in touch.
On Monday September 10, BirdLife Australia will be leading a national day of action to highlight the plight of our threatened species of birds as part of a massive day of action for National Threatened Species Day. National Threatened Species Day itself falls on Friday September 7, but we’ve made the strategic decision to hold our day of action on the following Monday – when our politicians will be at parliament, and paying attention.
The event on the 10th September is a fantastic opportunity to build on the energy created by the community forums, and to offer everyone involved a chance to reunite around a common cause and take further action. One of the things we heard again and again throughout the events was that you wanted us to do a better job of reaching the wider public and preaching to the unconverted, and we believe that a massive day of action presents a fantastic opportunity to get our message out there in mainstream media.
We’ll be calling all BirdLife supporters based in the ACT to come to an event on Parliament Lawns, but you don’t have to send an envoy to Canberra to be part of the Stand Against Extinction – you can take part wherever you are.
Lots of BirdLife staff will be travelling to Canberra for the event – so far we know that Fiona Blandford, Charlie Sherwin, Emily Reeves, Holly Parsons and Lindall Kidd will be there – with more to be confirmed.
We’re still developing flyers and resources to inspire our wider community to take part. If you’re as excited about this event as we are, give Fiona a call ASAP.
Thanks for all your hard work. Together, we’re having an impact – let’s keep the pressure on and make it count!
Kim Garratt | Conservation Community Organiser
Image: Judith Hoyle BirdLife Sth QLD, Monica Awasthy Birds in Backyards Coordinator by Fiona Blandford