Sir David Attenborough and Dr Jane Goodall have made an unusual intervention into Australian state politics by calling for a new national park to be created in Victoria to save the endangered Leadbeater’s possum.
Attenborough, who is visiting Australia, has thrown his support behind the establishment of the Great Forest national park, which would encompass much of the central highlands area of Victoria.
“The maintenance of an intact ecological system is the only way to ensure the continued existence of biodiversity, safeguard water supplies and provide spiritual nourishment for ourselves and future generations,” the naturalist and wildlife documentary maker said.
“It is for these reasons, and for the survival of the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum, that I support the creation of the Great Forest national park for Victoria.”
Goodall, famous for her work with primates, said the national park would help secure the future of a threatened ecosystem.
“If we act now, we will be ensuring the forest can continue to provide services that support us - clean water, fresh air and storage of carbon,” she said. “If we fail now, what future will we have chosen for our grandchildren and their grandchildren?”