The global environmental crisis has reached a turning points.
We are on a collision course with the end of the Pleistocene era and with a global crisis that could see humanity wiped out by 2030.
We are in the midst of an ecological crisis in which species have been wiped out.
Over the past 50 years, we have lost almost 90 percent of the biodiversity of the planet, and the loss is accelerating.
In the past century, we are seeing the extinction of more species than the entire global population of animals.
The number of species lost globally since 1900 has reached 1.4 billion, and more than one-third of all species have gone extinct.
More than half of all animal species on Earth have gone through a dramatic decline over the past 20 years.
Our oceans are dying, too.
At a recent conference, I met with the vice president of the WWF International, David Graeber.
He is the author of the book, The End of Nature, and his new book is called The Endangered Planet.
He told me that the last 15 years have seen the fastest loss of biodiversity on the planet.
Now that we are entering the Anthropocene, and there is a real threat of the Anthropo-cosmic extinction, it is a time when the climate crisis has hit the highest levels.
David Graebers view is that the time is right to make a decisive change.
I agree, and so are the people of Australia.
But, to put it bluntly, we can’t afford to lose the great majority of our planet to extinction in the next 50 years.
It is an issue that will take time, and will require the kind of collective action that the world has never seen before.
For the past 30 years, Australia has been one of the most active countries in the world in protecting the oceans.
We have protected 1.2 billion square kilometres of sea, a staggering amount of area in the Southern Ocean, more than any other country.
It is an incredible feat.
Since the 1960s, we built the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Great Southern Reef Marine Reserve.
These are marine parks in the southern part of the world, which are protected for over 80 years and they are incredibly important for the health of our oceans.
There are hundreds of marine reserves around the world.
I think that we have a real obligation to protect these.
The Great Barrier Islands, the Southern Reef, the Great Ocean Barrier Reef, and many others around the globe.
And the Australian Government is one of only three countries that protects them, and we do it with extraordinary effort.
Australia has a history of supporting the protection of marine habitats.
When I was growing up, there was one reef park, the Northern Reef Marine National Park, which we now have.
They were part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it was the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
From the 1940s to the 1960, Australia protected about a quarter of a million square kilometres in the Northern and Southern Reefs.
We did that in the 1940’s, then in the 1960’s and 1970’s, we protected the Great Northern Reef.
So, in the decades that followed, we were one of just three countries, and our oceans were protected.
Then, in 1990, the International Convention on Biological Diversity declared that we had to protect at least 75 percent of our ocean habitat.
That was the turning point.
Around that time, Australia also introduced the National Marine Protected Areas Act.
It was introduced in response to the threat of climate change.
It allowed us to protect our oceans and to build up our marine reserves.
A lot of the conservation work that we do in Australia has to do with protecting our oceans, protecting our coasts, protecting the Great South Reef, protecting some of the reef systems, and protecting our coastal regions, which includes the Great Australian Bight.
This is a huge area that we all know well.
We know about it because it’s part of our cultural heritage.
It’s important to us.
Unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of good science done, but it hasn’t been done in the right way.
Every single year we see a lot more research about the environmental impact of our development, and every year we are losing out on billions of dollars.
What we need to do is take a long-term view.
It will take a very, very long time.
Because of climate changes, we will be seeing more of these storms.
We will be facing more severe floods and droughts.
And, as we know, we need more resilient infrastructure.
One of the things that we’ve seen over the last 20 years is that we need better flood insurance.
We’ve also had a major disaster in the South, where a very large dam broke and flooded the region.
That’s a problem that we will need to address. If we want