Bunyip State Park community day. Photo: Christine Connelly

Bunyip State Park community day. Photo: Christine Connelly

we are keeping positive, informed and engaged

An ex-Prime Minister of Australia once called climate change, “the great moral, economic and environmental challenge of our generation”. That's a big challenge to cope with.

We can all help nature adapt to a new climate, in ways that suit every one of us: whether through political or personal action, at local or global scales. We need them all.

We can’t rely on other “special people” this is a job for everyone. But we do have to take special care of ourselves, because our greatest strength will always be our ability to stay positive. Whatever the task, positivity inspires us to keep going and others to join in.

If that sounds glib, it shouldn’t. Sometimes, keeping positive will be really, really hard. We and our children will see the natural areas that we love change in ways that will never be reversed. We will see society respond in ways that, in the long run, cannot be helpful. Yet, positivity will lie at the heart of all the great things we achieve.

Volunteers take part in grassland monitoring near Melbourne. Photo It's a Wildlife

Volunteers take part in grassland monitoring near Melbourne. Photo It's a Wildlife

This web site reminds us of many practical things we can do to help nature adapt to a new climate. We can reluctantly accept the changes we cannot stop and devote our energy to the things we can influence. We can celebrate every success, no matter how fleeting or small. We can continue to learn and grow. 

And every so often, we can take time out to reflect and recharge. As we re-charge we rejuvenate ourselves and those around us. In the big scheme of things, the things we achieve are invaluable but the things we inspire others to achieve are superlative.

To help nature adapt to a new climate, we need to take special care of ourselves. We will always need more than that, but we cannot get by with less.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)

 

To help nature adapt to a new climate:

We are striving for a positive future.
We are focusing on the things we can influence.
We are celebrating our successes and sharing new knowledge.
We are pausing to reflect, re-charge our batteries and learn new skills.
We know that every small action inspires others to do more.

VicNature 2050 was organised by the Victorian National Parks Association, The Royal Society of Victoria and The University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute and sponsored by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria.