This Animal Just Went Extinct, Save Its Neighbors Now!

The very first mammal to go extinct because of climate change has finally been officially acknowledged by the government of Australia. It formally announced the extinction of a small rodent — the Bramble Cay melomys — on February 18, 2019.

But others will soon follow if we don't act now. Sign on if you want Australia to get serious about protecting their wildlife!

Here are some of the animals that could be next:

  • In the Southern Australian state of New South Wales, the iconic koala faces extinction in our lifetime if the government doesn't stop the seemingly unending tree clearing that is decimating the koala's habitat.
  • The black-throated finch, a bird considered endangered in its remaining Australian territory, will be negatively affected if Adani Group's proposed Carmichael Coal mine is approved.
  • The swift parrot needs better protection by the government of Tasmania from the harmful impacts of logging.
  • Australia's first and third most threatened birds — the King Island brown thornbill and King Island scrubtit — don't get the funding they need to be saved from extinction.
  • A marsupial called the greater glider is also at risk thanks to aggressive logging in its native habitat in the Strathbogie forest in north-east Victoria.


We the undersigned were disturbed and distressed to learn that so many threatened and endangered animals — many found only in Australia — are careening toward extinction. One, the Bramble Cay melomys, has already been lost. We urge the government of Australia to never let this happen again.

Please devote more effort to seek out new ways to avoid further extinctions. Allowing an animal to wink out of existence due to failure to act — or failure to act aggressively enough to save them — is unacceptable.

Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.

To Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price:

The very first mammal to go extinct because of climate change has finally been officially acknowledged by the government of Australia. It formally announced the extinction of a small rodent -- the Bramble Cay melomys -- on February 18, 2019. 

This isn't the only instance of an animal's existence being threatened in Australia. Here are a few examples:

-- In the Southern Australian state of New South Wales, the iconic koala faces extinction in our lifetime if the government doesn't stop the seemingly unending tree clearing that is decimating the koala's habitat.

-- The black-throated finch, a bird considered endangered in its remaining Australian territory, will be negatively affected if Adani Group's proposed Carmichael Coal mine is approved.

-- The swift parrot needs better protection by the government of Tasmania from the harmful impacts of logging.

-- Australia's first and third most threatened birds - the King Island brown thornbill and King Island scrubtit - don't get the funding they need to be saved from extinction.

-- A marsupial called the greater glider is also at risk thanks to aggressive logging in its native habitat in the Strathbogie forest in north-east Victoria.

We the undersigned were disturbed and distressed to learn that so many threatened and endangered animals -- many found only in Australia -- are careening toward extinction. One, the Bramble Cay melomys, has already been lost. We urge the government of Australia to never let this happen again.

Please devote more effort to seek out new ways to avoid further extinctions. Allowing an animal to wink out of existence due to failure to act -- or failure to act aggressively enough to save them -- is unacceptable.

Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.
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