We're so close!

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Our current national environment laws are so broken and outdated, they can't stop companies from bulldozing forests, damaging our climate and driving animals to extinction. A window is now opening briefly to change everything.

I still remember the first time I stood in an old-growth forest and looked up. I was a teenager and the two-week hike was tough – the blisters were brutal! But Tassie's ancient trees changed the course of my life.

I became a forest lover, then a park ranger, then a nature campaigner.

Over the years, I've been wowed by extraordinary beauty. But I've also literally stood and watched spectacular forests fall before my very eyes.

You know why? Our current national environment laws are so broken and outdated, they can't stop companies from bulldozing forests, damaging our climate and driving animals to extinction.

The history of environmental law in Australia shows that big change doesn’t often happen.

But once every few decades, a window briefly opens to change everything. That time is now.

While the Coalition wants to further weaken our national environment laws, the Labor Party could be about to do something great.

With a federal election just around the corner, Labor leaders are meeting in just a few weeks at their National Conference to debate whether they'll champion a new framework of nature laws.

Will you send Labor leaders a quick email urging them to say yes to new laws for nature?

We can't solve Australia's extinction crisis by protecting one forest and one animal species at a time.

We urgently need this new framework of national laws that actually do what they're supposed to do – protect nature – backed by fearless, independent institutions.

Thanks to all of the petitions, emails, phone calls and encouragement from people like you, in recent weeks Labor has added nature laws to the draft list of policy promises it will take to the election.

This is great news. But there's still a big hurdle to clear.

Not everyone in the party is over the line and vested interests from logging and mining industries are working furiously behind the scenes trying to stop these laws becoming reality.

To stand strong, what Labor leaders need is a huge wave of community support.

Will you email Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek and Tony Burke and ask them to champion new nature laws?

Flooding their inboxes right now could make all the difference.

For more than half a decade, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Places You Love Alliance have been pushing all sides of politics to create these laws.

With your help, together we've lobbied MPs, written eye-opening reports, made national and international news, and galvanised concerned citizens across Australia. Thank you for being a part of this.

Change takes time – but right now, we're at that rare moment where a whole new generation of nature laws is within our grasp.

This is such an important window, and with Labor's National Conference fast approaching, dozens of environment groups from all corners of Australia are joining the push.

Can you send Labor leaders a quick email too?

Let's make history – so the next generation of teenage bushwalkers can be awed by ancient gums, just like I was.

Thanks for speaking out.

Jess

Jess Abrahams
Nature Campaigner

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