Today we’re pleased to present a guest article written by Jess Gardner and Elisa Raulings from Greening Australia. Did you know as a Bank Australia customer you are a part-owner of a world first conservation project? Elisa and Jess tell us why conservation matters and how the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve is helping.
Environmental conservation is about keeping the planet healthy so that people and nature can thrive.
We are lucky enough to live on one of the most diverse continents on earth. The early morning and evening chorus of an abundance of different birds is something many of us take for granted in Australia. And just like we need to sometimes leave home to gain an appreciation for it, we often don’t appreciate the diversity of species we share our planet with - until they are gone.
This is what environmental conservation is all about. Preserving the diversity of species that share our home for the benefit of nature and people.
Healthy biodiversity (the variety of life on earth) means clean air and fresh water, more productive soils, new sources of medicines, the ability to recover more quickly from natural disasters and the capacity to adapt more easily to a changing climate.
Nature unencumbered does a great job of keeping our planet healthy, but as we pollute our waterways, cut down and isolate habitat and pump carbon into our air, we prevent nature from doing its work.
That’s where we come in. Environmental conservation enables nature to get on with the job of keeping us and the planet healthy.
Projects like the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve play a vital role in achieving this. During recent surveys on the reserve we discovered an incredible 234 different types of animals living there. 106 insects, 105 birds, 10 mammals, 9 reptiles and 4 frogs. Not to mention a plethora of different plants that provide food, homes and protection for all of these species.
But like all things in life, nature does not operate in isolation. Many of the species on the reserve are migratory and so their conservation doesn’t depend on the reserve alone. For example, many of the reserve’s butterflies also spend time in urban environments like your backyard and our cities parks. Everything is connected.
This means that we all ultimately have a role to play in the conservation of our unique species and habitats. Small actions like recycling your water bottle or planting native species in your garden, to big actions like investing in thousands of trees at the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve, all help to keep nature and our planet healthy.
Written by Jess Gardner and Elisa Raulings from Greening Australia