5 June 2019
“I want the cleanest water, the freshest air and wildlife in abundance...
But most of all, I want a future for our children.” - Steve Irwin
Over one year, the solar system at Australia Zoo, which takes up 3,814 square metres on the Crocoseum roof, will:
- Save 711 tonnes of CO2
- Equal the amount of CO2 absorbed by 20,000 trees
- Equal taking 160 cars of the road for a year
This World Environment Day, Wednesday June 5th, Australia Zoo is encouraging everyone to do their part for our precious environment to ensure it thrives for generations to come.
World Environment Day is promoted internationally by the United Nations, educating people on the importance of our planet and this year, the theme is air pollution, a critical environmental concern.
Air pollution is caused by emissions from businesses, agriculture, homes, transport and waste. Mankind has seen a detrimental effect on our climate as well as our health, with the World Health Organisation reporting in 2016, seven million deaths worldwide could be attributed to air pollution.
Kelsey Engle, Curator at Australia Zoo, said it was urgent that we all do our part to reduce emissions and create sustainable practices for future generations.
“Here at Australia Zoo, we’ve installed a 648kW solar panel system, made up of more than 1800 panels and that’s expected to reduce our emissions by 16,500 tonnes over 25 years.
“Not only is it important for us to take action on the emissions we use for the benefit of our environment and to make a positive impact on climate change, but we also need to do this for our own health!
“Just this year we’ve seen the first mammal species recognised as extinct due to climate change with the tragic demise of Australia’s Bramble Cay melomys. In addition to this we are seeing rising temperatures and sea levels, which will continue to worsen if we don’t all act now," Kelsey said.
The air that we breathe depends on the choices we make each and every day. Each of us can be Wildlife Warriors and protect planet earth by planting native trees, minimising motor vehicle use, turning off lights and appliances when not in use and always choosing energy efficient options. Rug up or open windows instead of using cooling or heating and if you can, install solar panels.
“The good news is, that immediate changes see immediate results and no matter how big or small, we can all make a positive change!” Kelsey said.
Australia Zoo is marking the day by releasing its 50th edition of Crikey! Magazine, a publication dedicated to wildlife and wild places around the world.
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