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I meant to post this a while back, sorry for the lack of notice. If there are any budding writers out there in SAB-land, this is worth a look (especially if you have something that fits the bill). https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest/ Submissions close January 15, 2016.
Post the links to any campaigns you think are worthy. Please make them environmental in nature, about sustainabilty etc. The more people you can get to sign emails, petitions etc. means greater chance of winning your cause. Many of them take under 30 seconds to complete, so it's not a big waste of time, especially if you get thousands of "signatures" Keywords to use in your posts: Petition (est. time =30 seconds) e.g Online petition to save the great barrier reef! Email (est. time = 5-10 minutes) e.g Email your MP about coal! Website (est. time = hours) e.g. Campaign website to keep Trains on our Tracks (TOOT) etc.
I recently discovered that the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service produced this cool online map. You can hunt for particular species of plants or animals, and you view a map of your chosen area with markers showing where various sightings of the things you are looking for are located. It even shows the exact GPS co-ordinates and the date spotted. I just did a search for Duboisia myoperoides in the Blue Mountains National Park, and there were six sightings. I thought it was a coastal species but it seems to extend inland further than I thought. I reckon it's pretty interesting idea to go and check out plants in the wild - perhaps as a control to see if it matches up to plants we already have in our collection, or just because we would love to see it growing naturally. But, I am a bit concerned that some people might abuse this cool tool. Please do not go out there and cause damage. Just because corporations behave like that, doesn't mean we have to follow in their footsteps. Our ecosystems are fragile and under enough threat as it is without us taking great care of what we have left. I think it might be nice to act a bit pro-actively with this stuff too, perhaps there is information we have on species that could be fed back to the Parks to help them come up with management plans for protecting endangered species. NSW Wildlife Atlas EDIT typos