Museum2you: Natural Resources content
A sneak preview of the Natural Resources content in our Museum2you program, available for hire to communities across NSW.
Beautiful Parakeet - Psephotus pulcherrimus
Australian Museum Photography © Australian Museum Research Library
H.C. Richter for John Gould © Australian Museum Research Library
Paradise Parrot (Psephotus pulcherrimus)
Last seen: 1927
This parrot was a regular sight in central eastern Australia until Europeans began farming. By 1900 it had vanished from most of its range as it was unable to compete with grazing animals and survive in its altered habitat.
Overuse of Natural Resources: The consequences of our actions
Every day, more people need more space, consume more resources and generate more waste. Our increasing demand on the land and its resources is having devastating consequences on the environment.
Land clearing: making way for humans
One third of Australian woodlands—our iconic ‘bush’—has been cleared as well as an estimated 50% of wetlands and 75% of rainforests.
Clearing land for human use is destroying native habitats and damaging ecosystems. It is also playing a role in the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.
Our resources in ruins
Over the years, agriculture and industry have widely affected soil quality, making millions of hectares unusable due to rising salinity and soil erosion. Water supply and quality have also been affected by the release of contaminated wastewater from agriculture and industrial processes.
Biodiversity’s disappearing act
Between 1998 and 2005, it was estimated that more than 11 million mammals, 13 million birds and 80 million reptiles died as a result of legal land clearing in NSW alone. Clearing and overusing land have caused the extinction and decline of many species of Australian wildlife, most of which are only found in Australia.
Related blog: What is Sustainability?
Isabelle Kingsley , Education Project Officer - Museum2you