I am very interested in the destruction of our natural places as part of my experience in Australia. I have noticed that many bubblers are from Europe and the USA and it occurred to me that the values of Australia’s natural places may not be immediately understood by folks in other parts of the world.
In most of our major cities it is possible to stand in old growth forest within an hours drive and a short walk of traffic lights. By old growth I mean never touched by white fellas hands, places that have never felt the axe let alone the plough. In some cases they have existed for hundreds of thousands of years essentially unchanged.
The diversity of our wild places is astonishing. In one small reserve in the mountains west of Sydney there are more species of plant than in all the British Isles. There are over 700 species of Eucalypt alone and that is after the genus has been split to reduce confusion. Our best botanists make new discoveries with a frequency that would leave their international brethren breathless.
What we have here is unique and poorly understood. There is no doubt that many species are lost without ever being discovered. This diversity belongs to the world not just Australians. If you are thinking of contributing to an environmental cause please look to Australia as a place where you get more conservation bang for your buck than most other places on the planet.