Feral Cats are extremely destructive creatures! The predatory nature of cats threaten over 100 animals in Australia alone. They are the cause of many extinctions like the Pig-Footed Bandicoot and many ground dwelling birds. Feral Cats also threaten many endangered animals like the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Grassland Earless Dragon, Greater Bilby, Princess Parrot, Glossy Black Cockatoos, Bush Stone Curlew, Numbat, Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Kowari, Golden Bandicoot, Shark Bay Mouse and more. They also transmit diseases to native fauna. Unfortunately Feral Cats are rapid breeders.
But there is a solution. You can desex your cat to help reduce the amount of feral cats and put a bell on them because they are very sneaky creatures. The ringing of the bell will alarm the birds or what ever animal they are trying to hunt, scaring them away from the dangerous cat. This is the only solution because recent studies shows that culling of Feral Cats actually makes matters worse!
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This weeks enviro tip is to join Clean Up Australia Day Sunday March 1st. In the first 23 years they collected 275000 tons of rubbish. And in 2011 they collected 16500 tons of rubbish. So please get involved and join Clean Up Australia Day. If you would like you can make a Clean Up Site or join an organized group and clean up a certain area. You can also donate. Clean Up Australia Day was started in 1989 by Ian Kiernan who wanted to make a difference to Sydney Harbor. It is now celebrated all around Australia! So get out tomorrow with your family and friends and help clean up to keep Australia beautiful.
The video below is one I have been asked to do for school.
So please participate in Clean Up Australia Day
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This weeks enviro tip is recycling your old electronics especially mobile phones. Coltan is found in your phones, computers, game consoles, batteries and cameras. Unfortunately 80% of the worlds coltan reserves are in the Congo which is also the home of endangered Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Elephants. To get Coltan they have to destroy habitat and mine it. This is illegal but it still happens. Even worse, so they will get rich they don't pay their workers properly so the workers also kill the Gorillas for food! Coltan also fuels wars in the Congo which also threatened the now extinct in the wild Norther White Rhino (5 left in the world) and has ended many innocent human lives. In the past 15 years over 50% of the Mountain Gorillas population has been lost mainly due to habitat destruction.
Most companies will let you return your devices by mail and will recycle them. These companies include Sony, Apple, Cannon, LG, Dell, Samsung and many more. Or you can click on the link www.mobilemuster.com.au to find out where you can recycle your old mobile phones.
Don't just take my word for it. Here is Jane Goodall
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I didn't take any of these images.
This weeks enviro tip is to buy only 100% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified or recycled paper/toilet paper/tissues/paper towels.
Australian Blue Gum Plantations are threatening our Koalas. Because of their disappearing habitat they find their way to the plantation. When they chop down a plantation tree that a Koala is in they die. A few will die every hour or sometimes one a day! Some times a Koala will go through a shredder! Apparently there are 8000 Koalas in a 20 kilometer radius in one of their plantations! Australian Blue Gum Plantations says that this isn't happening. They just don't care, they don't care about Koalas. That is what drives me mad. For more info click on the link, 7:30 Koala story.
But if you are in the US you have to worry about Paseo. Paseo is the fastest growing toilet paper company in the US today. It is supplied by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) which is not sustainably made or recycled. APP has destroyed 5 million acres of Sumatran rainforest. Since 1985 more than half of Sumatra's rainforest has been lost! Sumatra is the only place on earth where Tigers, Orangutans & Elephants live together. This does not just destroy habitat for critically endangered species but also pollutes. Indonesia has became the third biggest polluter after the US and China.
So don't buy unsustainably made or non-recycled paper including ones from Australian Blue Gum Plantations, Paseo and Livi. If your not sure just check the back of the packet. Buy products that are labelled as FSC certified or use 100% recycled paper.
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This weeks Enviro tip is to start composting. Composting has many benefits to the environment. These include reducing natural waste in the land fill which reduces green house gases (make the world hotter), which melts the ice caps and threatens animals. Compost is good on your garden and can also be used as a fertiliser. You will end up with the healthiest and best garden if you use compost. Compost will help you save money as you wont have to buy fertilizer for your garden. You can compost pretty much any natural materials including fruit & veggies, tea bags, stuff from your garden, grass clippings & shredded paper is really good. So get a compost bin or compost heap and start composting today!
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Now every week I will give you an Enviro tip. This weeks tip is not to use Phosphate products. Some products that are phosphate free are Aware, Eco Choice, Orange Power Laundry Liquid, Omo, Surf, Drive and all ALDI, Coles and Woolworths detergents. It is great that some states in America have already banned Phosphate products (Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Vermont & Washington)! Canada also has a ban of Phosphate products!
By doing this you will be helping many frogs including the rare Growling Grass Frog, also known as the Southern Bell Frog. It was once common in Melbourne but in recent years they have become quite rare! Their main threats are habitat destruction and water pollution (pulling out plants making the soil go into the river). It's population has dropped by half and is still plummeting to extinction! When it calls it will make long growling noises filled by short grunts. If you hear this frog croak an extra time it means it is likely breeding season. Females have been known to lay 4000 eggs! It is one of Australia's largest frogs. They will just sit and wait till prey passes them but this saves tones of energy. Southern Bell Frog feeds on insects (beetles, termites, cockroaches & moths) and younger frogs of their own kind! They can also been seen basking in the sun for days!
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