In 2007, we lodged a petition with the World Heritage Committee stating that climate change poses a direct threat to the World Heritage-listed eucalypt forests of the Blue Mountains and urgent steps must be taken to protect it. The petition called for the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area to be listed as ‘in danger’ and for urgent action to reduce Australia’s greenhouse emissions. It was signed by the Climate Action Network Australia, Greenpeace, the NSW Nature Conservation Council and Friends of the Earth.
The petition highlights the fact that eucalypt forests in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area are among the most fire-dependant forest ecosystems in the world and that more frequent and intense fires as a result of climate change threaten the survival of many species.
An ‘in danger’ listing would result in a program of corrective measures being developed and implemented, including a plan to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. The petition calls for Australia to introduce a price on carbon emissions, commit to reducing its greenhouse emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2020 and increase its renewable energy target from 2 per cent to 25 per cent by 2020.