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Koala movie and koala inquiry

Delightful koala pictures in this film which talks about why we need to speak up for koalas at the upcoming Federal Inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of Australia's koala population.

Federal Inquiry

Federal Inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of Australia's koala population
On 17 November 2010 the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 June 2011, with effect from the first day of sitting of 2011.
See Submissions here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/ec_ctte/koalas/submissions.htm.

Some of the reasons to be worried for koalas

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Koalas also get trampled by cows, which are aggressive towards them, so expecting the koalas to travel on foot across paddocks isn't a solution. Everyone needs more trees in Australia but koalas need them most of all.

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Australia has the highest rate of mammalian extinctions of any country in the world, thanks to human habitat destruction in our fragile environment. Australia's current population of 22 million will reach 35 million by 2050 if our politicians have their way.
Our growth in numbers means the rape of the natural environment through deforestation, burning of non-renewable fossil fuels, methane emissions from domestic ruminants called livestock, and the unquenchable thirst of our modern lifestyles that has resulted in global warming.
Our fatalistic adherence to the adoration of growth, assumed to be "good", left uncontrolled, means we could self-destruct. This pyramidal type of growth means our children and grandchildren inherit the Earth that is more and more crowded, and the victims are not only us, but the animals that we share it with.
Professor Frank Fenner, emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University, direly predicted "homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years," Britain's Daily Mail reported in June last year.
Modern humans have multiplied their numbers to plague like proportions, caused the extinction of 500 species of animals, ransacked the planet for fuels.
Over half of the mammal extinctions in the past two centuries have occurred in Australia, and some kangaroo species could be next on this country's list.
In the relentless search for more food, we have reduced animal life in lakes, rivers and now, increasingly, the open ocean.
Some prominent economists have argued that there is no upper limit to human population growth, that finiteness in resources is meaningless, and that prosperity can be had by all. Eventually, they say, "market forces" will determine how big the population gets. The "short" in short-term is getting shorter, and instant gratification is the rule of the day. Humans considered little more than economic units devalues our own existence.
With the possible exception of the rat, humans are now the most numerous mammal on earth! Something like this has never happened in the nearly 600 million year history of life on our planet. The population of a large animal has never before reached such dominance in the ecosystem.
People lament a future in which their grandchildren will be denied seeing whales or koalas in the wild, but surely the significance of their existence is more profound than being seen and enjoyed by humans? The quest for elusive wealth, and the desire to get is faster, will mean not only will non-human creatures disappear, but eventually our own source of life - our own planet at our present rates of human growth!