Facing climate change head on

Facing climate change head on

#Act for the Wild, #Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Posted on 20th September 2019 by Media Relations

Our vision at Taronga Conservation Society Australia is to secure a shared future for wildlife and people. We are committed to this, we are in this for the long term and many of the challenges we face are considered wicked problems.

One of the wicked challenges we face is climate change. Sea levels are rising and oceans are becoming warmer. Longer, more intense droughts threaten habitats, crops, wildlife, livelihoods and freshwater supplies. We are experiencing the most severe drought on record in NSW and our planet’s diversity of life is at risk from the changing climate.

Climate change poses a profound threat to the ecosystems, species and human livelihoods Taronga works to protect. To address this crisis, we must all reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the consequences of a rapidly changing climate.

Taronga has taken bold steps to reduce its impact on climate change by becoming certified carbon neutral in 2018 – six years ahead of target. We've also invested $1 million in onsite solar power, and we're diverting up to 90 per cent of waste from landfill and building in an ecologically conscious manner. This saw us achieve a 6* GreenStar rating for the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning. In September 2019, Taronga signed up to the NSW Government’s Climate Risk Ready program, to become more prepared and resilient to deal with climate change related impacts.

For more information on what Taronga is doing to reduce its environmental impacts, click here.