The Wollumbin Caldera

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The Wollumbin Caldera is one of the three top biodiversity hotspots in Australia. It covers an area of approximately 1500 sq km and supports around 1250 types of plants. The Caldera includes a high diversity of ecosystem types because it is in an area where temperate and sub-tropical bio-geographic areas, both terrestrial and marine, converge.…

Native Forests ARE NOT ‘Biofuel’ replacement for coal.

Here and now, at The Time of The Collapse Of The Ecology, they are doubling down on stupid, industrially feeding our native forests into furnaces, as a replacement for coal, to make electricity. They have changed the laws to take away the tree protections. They have made laws which say that burning forests for furnace…

CEC Movie Club: Rob Kooyman – Gondwana

Rob Kooyman, forest ecologist of note, traces the history of the ancient forests of Gondwana, until now, bringing the focus to the forests here, the forests of Northern NSW. The new 29 min film by Frontier Films (David Bradbury). Proudly presented here in association with the The Caldera Environment Centre. About Rob Kooyman … protected…

UN Secretary General: “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal.”

“Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Biodiversity is collapsing. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes. Human activities are at the root of our descent toward chaos.” He listed the human-inflicted wounds on the natural world: the spread of deserts; wetlands lost; forests cut down; oceans overfished and choked with plastic; dying coral…

UPDATE: Case made, awaiting judgement. The Bob Brown Foundation is running a campaign and court action to end native forest logging (!)

The Bob Brown Foundation is taking on a monumental legal case challenging the regulation of native forest logging. The Great Forest Case is the best chance in a generation of ending native forest logging.   UPDATE:   The Great Forest Case hearings were on 2nd and 3rd of December! The case argued that the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is not a valid agreement.…

NEFA Weekly Forest News: Forest Media 6

From NEFA [North East Forest Alliance]: We did well with our Kill the Bill demonstrations, with good stories on Prime and NBN, though the National Party’s standard response is that we are ignorant and misguided. Bangalow Koalas also organised a successful event with 50 kids from the Byron Community Primary School. The hypocrisy of Gladys…

Thunberg and Attenborough at the Regent!

“The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta — a shy student with Asperger’s — in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global…

Cutting Down Native Forests on Private Land Draft Codes of Practice

The Draft Private Native Forestry Code of Practice have been open for public submissions. We have read the Draft Codes of Practice, and highlighted the bits of the document for you to read quickly, to focus and save time. It is ‘A permission-booklet for ecologically significant native forests destruction on privately held land.’ For further…

The UN 2020 Fossil Fuel Production Gap Report

The world is ‘doubling down’ on fossil fuels despite the climate crisis. “Between 2020 and 2030, global coal, oil, and gas production would have to decline annually by 11%, 4%, and 3%, respectively, to be consistent with a 1.5°C pathway. But governments’ plans and projections indicate an average 2% annual increase for each fuel. “Continued…

Big Scrub Landcare online event will focus on the recent bushfires in and around Nightcap National Park and their impact on our Gondwana and lowland subtropical rainforests in north east NSW:

Sun, Sept. 20 6:00pm: ‘Saving our Rainforests from Fire’ – Expert panel discussion Big Scrub Landcare invite the community to listen to experts who were involved in fighting the fires and assessing their impacts on the Nightcap discuss these critically important issues in two online panel discussions, facilitated by Kerry O’Brien and Mick O’Regan. This…

Day of Action to Save our Koalas

On a Day of Action to Save our Koalas, August 16th, individuals and community groups across NSW organised small ‘pop-up protests’ and virtual actions to attempt to cause nsw.gov to act now to implement the recomendations of the NSW Govt. Inquiry Report: ‘Koala Populations and Habitat in New South Wales’. Tweed representatives took the day of…

EPBC Act Review Condems EPBC Act

“… the EPBC Act does not position the Commonwealth to protect the environment, … it is not fit to manage current or future environmental challenges.” “Australia’s natural environment and iconic places are in an overall state of decline and are under increasing threat. The current environmental trajectory is unsustainable. ‘The EPBC Act is ineffective. It…

Local National Parks Have Been Directed To Implement Tourism

National Parks, directed by nsw.gov, for economic reasons, are to increase national park use tourism, especially here in the Caldera. Eg is a 4 day 45km walking trail starting at Mt Jerusalem to Minyon Falls. Marketed to the early adopters. The DA for the day 1 part of the track (‘Unicorn Falls’) closed for comments…

Draft State Strategic Plan for Crown Land

Government has prioritised the commercialisation of Crown Lands and misses both The Ecological Importance of Crown Lands and the need to move towards First Nations stewardship and co-management. Crown Land is our land, it belongs to the people of NSW and should be managed in the way we believe is appropriate. We have highlighted the interesting bits for…

Again, NO Byrrill Creek Dam

Dear Friends of the Environment. The NSW Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is undertaking a Review, including submissions from the public, of the existing Tweed Water Sharing Plan (WSP) which expires next year. Currently there is a Clause 48 (1) that prohibits the building of a dam at Byrrill Creek. 10 years ago Save Byrrill Creek…

CEC Movie Club – ‘ALBATROSS, A Love Story’

The movie ALBATROSS, a film by Chris Jordan. “… a poetic guided tour into the depths of your own spirit. … a message of life and love for nature. … a visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. The Midway Atoll is home to the largest albatross colony in the world.…