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A bold proposal to protect the environment from corporate and government indifference is embodied in the private members' Bill before State Parliament: the Rights of Nature and Future Generations, introduced late last year by Diane Evers, Greens MLC for the South West.
This an opportunity for Western Australia's remarkable natural environment to be given legal standing while also acknowledging our indivisible connection with life around us. But already the South West Dalgarup Forest, west of Bridgetown, has been removed from the proposed Dalgarup National Park so that the area can be logged - just by redefining what makes a block "old growth." Within two weeks the western part of Dalgarup forest, destined for permanent protection in a proposed National Park, may be lost to the loggers. Another day in Western Australia, but what about future generations, and the rights of nature?
(Photo: Diane Evers, supplied; SW forests, A Glamorgan)
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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.
Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.
RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.