As governments around Australia increasingly withdraw funding to these projects, not-for-profit organisations such as Animals Australia, Greenpeace, and Australian Wildlife Conservancy are increasingly left to pick up slack when it comes to monitoring and enforcing animal welfare, environmental conservation and biodiversity in Australia.
Since they rely on public donations, I urge you to look into the various organisations working on issues that you value, and to consider supporting them. Alternatively, instead of birthday or Christmas presents you can consider asking friends and relatives to donate to these types of organisations on your behalf. My own personal bias is towards environmentally focused organisations (although part of my attraction to AWC for instance is the success programs like their partnership with the Yulumbu indigenous community in central Kimberley, where conservation is being achieved alongside employment and education benefits for the local people), however there are many, many worthwhile organisations focused on all manner of social justice issues.
Personally, I have been supporting Animals Australia since I first became vegan in 2011, Greenpeace since early this year, and have today added the Australian Wildlife Conservancy after reading about their programs and successes, as well as the abysmal lack of government action on this issue in Tim Flannery’s Quarterly Essay After the Future Australia’s New Extinction Crisis.
Whilst I sometimes worry whether I can afford these donations, I remind myself that if I had the money for myself I would probably just spend it on stuff that I don’t really need. Whilst reasonably substantial considering I am still a student, my donations are still only 4.5% of my monthly earnings. Furthermore, I am increasingly realising that if concerned citizens like myself don’t start putting our money (and our votes) where our mouths are, governments are never going to take these concerns seriously.
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