From gliding possums to ancient sassafras, iconic koalas to beautiful coral reefs, Australia is home to extraordinary plants, animals and ecosystems – many found nowhere else on Earth.

But the impact of land clearing, logging and climate damage is so severe, nearly 2000 Australian plants, animals and ecosystems are at risk of extinction – and the list is rapidly growing.

Our environmental protections are too weak to stop companies damaging the people, places and wildlife we love. If we don’t act now, what we stand to lose is unimaginable.

To solve the extinction crisis, we need to lift the environment above politics and entrust decision-making to independent, science-based institutions.

We need a National Environment Commission to set strong national standards. We need strong new laws that actually protect life, and a national EPA to act as watchdog and enforce the law. And communities must have the right to a real say.

The Australian Labor Party has included new nature laws and institutions in the draft National Platform they will take to the federal election, but these new laws will be hotly debated at the party’s National Conference in mid-December.

We urgently need to show key Labor leaders how much community support there is for these reforms.

Will you ask Labor Party Leader Bill Shorten, Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek, and Shadow Environment Minister Tony Burke to champion a new generation of environment laws?