Plant blindness and loss of habitat

Kangaroos adapt to changing climatic conditions. Can humans?

I read an article a few months ago on the concept of plant blindness and how we humans tend to focus on loss of fauna, but less so on loss of flora. In Australia, there is concern about koalas becoming endangered, and in some central eastern parts of coastal Australia, this is happening. Yet the primary reason for this imminent danger is their loss of habitat, as human development has caused their displacement. Indeed such displacement involving efforts to move colonies elsewhere has proved unsatisfactory in terms of preserving their numbers.

Across this same country, and in so many other parts of the world, species are lost to extinction, and many are seriously endangered (eg. pandas, tigers, rhinos and so many others). Even insects such as bees and ants are under threat, and these organisms in particular are so important to the overall ecological system and its viability and coherence.

The common thread is the loss of plant life. If we are to preserve fauna of all shapes and sizes, we must also preserve the flora, the plants. Especially preserve those plant species endemic to a region, as they have adapted over time to the specific environmental circumstances there. Plant and sustain what is native to those areas. And stop knocking down what trees remain.

Australia like so many other developed countries must halt its mass land clearing and reverse the loss of forests by planting more trees and sustainable plants. Unless we do so, the loss of arable and habitable land, loss of top soil and its nutrients, and the degradation of the rain-forests will continue.

Just as there is a positive interaction and feedback loop between prosperous farming and water-availability, so too for fauna and flora. As the indigenous peoples of Australia have known and valued (for good reason) for eons, protect and nurture the land, and it will nurture you.

Meanwhile I give you some contrasting views of our landscape here in the state of Queensland.

Mono-culture over vasts tracts of land may not be sustainable as climate change kicks in.
A lonely tree on the plains of central western Queensland.
Greener pastures in SE Queensland. Water and regular rainfall helps. So does the avoidance or limits on land clearing.

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