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Like many other places around the world, climate change has been devastating in Australia. Record high temperatures and wildfires have spread throughout neighborhoods and animal habitats. Climate change is specifically threatening a precious endangered species: the koala.

Like all animals, koalas are voiceless and powerless. It is up to us to take the necessary action to protect them. According to statistics, “The koala is listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, which catalogs species at risk of extinction.”

While the IUCN has stated that there are between 100,000 and half a million koalas in the wild, the Australian Koala Foundation says that this number is inaccurate and is likely closer to 58,000.

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Recently, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, said in a statement, “Koalas are one of Australia’s most loved and best-recognized icons, both here at home and across the world, and we are committed to protecting them for generations to come.”

Australia has also announced that it will spend a record $50 million Australian ($35 million US) over the next four years to boost the long-term protection and recovery of its koala population. We need to ensure that they follow through with these promises.

We need to take action and tell the Australian government to commit to taking serious action to reduce fossil fuel extraction and ban further drilling off their coasts! This would be a major win and would help slow Climate change and give us a chance to save our koala friends. Sign this petition to demand Australia’s government take action now to slow Climate change and protect koalas from extinction!

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