Far better way

DECISIONS taken decades ago may not be relevant in these times as our circumstances changes.

We like to get away to the country, escaping our hemmed-in, commercial environment, nor would we choose to lose the wildlife within its bounds.

A once common, timid and beautiful cockatoo, a part of our heritage, is in peril. The Carnaby�s Black Cockatoo Rehabilitation Society is picking up an increasing number of young starving birds around Bull Creek and Jandakot.

Loss of habitat is the cause of their demise. Many must be euthanised.

I was horrified to hear that 80 per cent of their habitat is also lost in the country, mainly due to clearing activities.

At best, these birds have 20 years left in our Australian skies unless action is taken.

One of the main causes of climate change is the clearing of vegetation: it�s a global problem.

Farmers and wildlife especially struggle with this epidemic. There are fires and drought because of excessive heat but floods elsewhere.

As I stated in an earlier letter, all this is the result of our activities. Early planners would not have heard of climate change.

Trees are carbon absorbers. They keep the soil healthy, provide cooling shade, habitat and are a thing of beauty.

Trees are an essential part of life on Earth and yet we tear them out of the ground without a thought to the consequences.

Shires should take control of our mostly neglected verges, converting them into cockatoo-friendly nature strips, also saving our environment from phosphates and toxic weed sprays often applied to these areas.

When you consider the amount of land involved, this would be great compensation for lost vegetation elsewhere due to land clearing.

We must move towards solar technologies, especially with an increasing population, rather than constructing a highway to reduce carbon emissions.

Imagine the savings: coming home to solar-energised homes and plugging in solar-energised cars. That would be far better for our pockets, the environment and better for the cockatoos.