The 2021 State of the Environment Report: A Call to Action for Conservation

On Tuesday 19 July, The Australian State of the Environment Report 2021 was released by the Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek.

For the first time, the inventory and forecast of the state of our natural environment includes an indigenous voice.

But the five-yearly environmental report paints a grim picture of devastating loss and decline of native flora, fauna, habitats and ecosystem, some of which is reported to be due to a lack of coordination and investment in environmental management. 

Thankfully, amidst the concerning news are some glimmers of hope for the future of Australia’s environment.

The report serves a purpose in informing decisions around planning, policy, investment and action regarding the Australian environment, and to hopefully influence future behaviours. 

It’s time for a new view on what is appropriate in terms of the protection, management, enhancement and restoration of our natural resources and it’s now more important than ever to take proper responsibility as the stewards of our environment.  As environmental professionals, we have an important role to play in contributing to appropriate assessment and management of our biodiversity and the environment that supports it. 

The full report and other details can be found here: