“Victoria is blessed with an amazing environment: from the alps to the mallee, tall forests to deep oceans, from rocky hills to fertile farmlands, wilderness, and urban parks. Nature at its best.
These are the places where we live, work and seek respite; the natural areas we cherish and love… They forge our sense of identity, of community and of place.
As climate change intensifies, many of these places will change – a lot. Some plants and animals will decline, others will increase, some may move somewhere else. Some forests may disappear, some grasslands may turn to shrublands.
We now have to work out – not only, “how do we protect our current environment” – but also, “what can we do to help natural areas adapt to a new climate?”
For the past few months I’ve been working on a web site all about saving biodiversity under climate change. Climate change can be a pretty depressing topic so our goal was to create a bright site that, without dodging the challenges, focused on the many positive things we all can do to save biodiversity.
I’m pretty biased but I think the site looks awesome. Please check it out at VicNature 2050. I hope you like it.
The images above were designed by John Sampson (Ecotype). Many thanks to the project organisers at the Victorian National Parks Association, Royal Society of Victoria and the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute. The project was sponsored by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria.