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Creating new habitat for animals
Restore animal populations
Since September 2019, millions of hectares of forest and bush have been burned in Australia. On 2 March it was official: after 240 days the fires in Australia were extinguished. The fires burned so badly that they alone are responsible for two thirds of Australia's annual emissions of greenhouse gases. At least 33 people died in the fires, more than 3000 houses were destroyed. One billion animals were killed. Particularly in the state of New South Wales on the Pacific coast, farms, bush land and eucalyptus forests burned.
What happened in Australia?
It is estimated that billions of animals such as koalas, kangaroos and other species of animals in Australia have died in agony in the flames. Koalas were particularly threatened by the flames because, unlike kangaroos, they cannot jump away. As there was also no longer a source of food for many animals, carrots were temporarily dropped by plane to help the hungry animals. Wherever possible, local residents and emergency services tried to save the animals and bring them to safety.
The situation was particularly tragic on the popular Kangaroo Island, where half of the estimated 50,000 koalas fell victim to the flames. The population on the island is very important for the conservation of the species, as it is the only one not affected by a dangerous infectious disease.
Climate change comes into play when you ask about the reasons that caused the fires. The drier the forests or bush land, the faster and further the flames can spread. The average global temperature must not rise by more than two degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial age. It would be better to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
WIRES Wildlife Rescue contributes to the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals and is now also concerned with creating new habitats again.
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The Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.