The United Nations has released its first Global Assessment of Biodiversity since 2005, and it’s not good news.

The report found that about a million of the world’s species are now living with the threat of extinction, and that the world’s biodiversity has plummeted, with a rate of decline that has never been faster in human history.

“We can no longer continue to destroy the diversity of life,” said Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General. “This is our responsibility towards future generations.”

“Following the adoption of this historic report, no one will be able to claim that they did not know.”

In Australia, we often like to think it’s all someone else’s problem, but we are at the forefront of the extinction crisis, sitting second on the world table for biodiversity loss. And there were not even any Australian delegates present at the last negotiations of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which compiled the report.

Someone has to take responsibility, and at BirdLife Australia, that’s exactly what we’re doing — we’re standing together to stop extinctions.

Australia’s list of threatened species has never been longer, but at BirdLife Australia we’re working harder than ever to protect a whole raft of threatened birds, from parrots and emu-wrens to shorebirds and bitterns, and from black-cockatoos and scrubtits to grasswrens and owls. And our campaign to fix Australia’s broken environment laws has gained a momentum too big to be ignored.

Support us in our endeavours to conserve Australia’s birds — the winners will be the birds.

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