Biodiversity

Life Cycle of an Elm Leaf Beetle (Xanthogaleruca luteola)

Elm leaf beetle diagramBy David Goldney

An open letter to the Premier regarding the Native Vegetation Act

Dr David Goldney, distinguished ecologist and member of BCCAN, has sent an Open Letter to the Premier, Mike Baird, on the Native Vegetation Act. See file attachment.

Bathurst Kangaroo Project calls for volunteers for new research

The Bathurst Kangaroo Project has put out a call for volunteers to help with a new research project by Western Sydney University student researcher Hannah Rowland.

Colouring-in competition 2015

As part of the 200 Plants and Animals project in 2015, we have a colouring-in competition. Note that it's not just for kids! Get on board the latest craze & do some colouring in for a moment of easy, relaxing enjoyment. Download the document here, print out, colour in and return to one of the drop-off points listed on the sheet.

200 Plants and Animals

The 200 Plants and Animals exhibition will take place in the Bathurst CBD in October 2015. The exhibition will be BCCAN's contribution to marking Bathurst's 200th anniversary year. The exhibition will honour and raise awareness of the plants and animals that have shared this place over the past 200 years. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, textile arts, photography, specimens, bones, feathers, taxidermied animals, leaves, pods ... in short, any form of representation that can be displayed in a pop-up shop for about two weeks.

Greens NSW response to BCCAN questions

Re: Greens NSW response to the Bathurst Community Climate Action Network questions for candidates in the 2015 Bathurst State Elections.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on issues of concern to your organisation in the lead up to the 2015 state election.

I am responding in my capacity as the energy spokesperson for the Greens NSW. The below answers to your questions have been developed in conjunction with my colleagues David Shoebridge, Jeremy Buckingham and Mehreen Faruqi, who have responsibility for some of the issues raised.

GMOs represent a public risk of global harm

Genetically Modified Foods represent Risk of Global Harm

Scientists at New York University have published their analysis that "Genetically modified organisms represent a public risk of global harm."

In an (arguably well-overdue) holistic, systems approach to the issue of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), the team at NYU point out that

"Bottom-up modifications1 do not remove the crops from their long term evolutionary context, enabling the push and pull of the ecosystem to locally extinguish harmful mutations. Top-down modifications that bypass this evolutionary pathway unintentionally manipulate large sets of interdependent factors at the same time, with dramatic risks of unintended consequences. They thus result in fat-tailed distributions and place a huge risk on the food system as a whole."

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