Published 25 March 2019
Professor Danielle Celermajer & Professor David Schlosberg have been featured today in the Daily Telegraph, co-authoring an op-ed about the urgent need for multi-species justice debate in Australia.
As global environments become exponentially destabilised, non-human species and the greater role that they play in their own ecosystems, and in ours, deserve consideration as we plan for our country’s future.
As recent media coverage has indicated, there is a deep misunderstanding amongst the public on the importance, role and meaning of multi-species justice. Rather than advocating for ‘wombats to have the right to vote’, as some have suggested, multi-species justice is merely a step in ensuring a truly just and fair society, and future, for all.
Human survival is reliant on healthy, stable and sustainable ecosystems, and thus, protecting and advocating on behalf of non-humans is essential in ensuring our collective future. Species of concern may be anything from agricultural crops like cotton, which enable industry, economy and jobs and thus deserve protection from disease through quarantine systems, or they might be species of fish, like the cod in the Murray-Darling, which are keystones in maintaining the health of aquatic ecosystems on which thousands of Australian farmers and residents rely.
Even the corals that make up our Great Barrier Reef are deserving of protection and support, particularly in light of the past years of the bleaching crisis. The Reef is home to such unique biodiversity, which is worth protecting in its own right, but with a multi-billion dollar tourism industry, advocating for the Reef’s protection is equally a call to protect the local communities, industries and individuals that are threatened by its decline.
These issues have never ben more critical to address, and we are thrilled to be opening up this discussion to wider audiences through the Multi-species Justice initiative, which is an ongoing collaboration between SEI, FASS and