A bird in the hand ... should be in the bush!

Birds Environment Global warming Recycling Secondhand clothing
















These photos relate to a conversation between Tanya and Louise of Da Loop earlier this week.

Top left: Tanya planned to visit Louise's house to help with some tricky mannequin photos (see Facebook & Instagram posts 27/8/19) and Louise warned her about the state of her house, so Tanya illustrated her care factor by sending photos of her equally wretched abode…

…which led to the question about the IKEA bag filled with gumnuts (see phone screenshot).

Top right: The completely gorgeous Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksia), as mentioned in the text, in flight. (This photo taken by Peter Campbell, obtained from Wikimedia.)

Thanks to South Australia's rash land development practices, much of the habitat of the south-eastern subspecies of the Red-tailed Black has been cleared. This includes its food trees (Stringybarks and Bulokes) and hollow nesting trees. Without habitat, creatures become extinct.

Species like the Red-tailed Black have dedicated programs through which individuals can act to help halt decline, provide valuable data and restore habitat. Take Tanya's Stringybark seed collecting, for example. But even something as simple as buying preloved clothing helps Red-tailed Blacks.

Every garment purchased secondhand rather than new saves energy – the energy that would have been used to grow the fibres, manufacture the fabric, transport the clothing and print the tags, and all the while producing carbon emissions leading to global warming. Global warming has the potential to cause mass extinction, with habitats changing too fast for many species to adapt. Not to mention the relationship between the production of fabrics/materials and land clearance, disruption of natural water flows, ingestion of microplastics, and the alarming increase in landfill volumes.

Throw away the concept of throw-away fashion and you’ll be contributing to a healthier world. 

You can find out more about Red-tailed Blacks on the Trees For Life or BirdLife Australia websites.

Do your bit for the environment and Red-tailed Blacks by shopping now at Da Loop's amazing online store.


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