Climate change, sustainability and bushfire response

Museums have a vital role to play in contributing knowledge and scientific research to create a sustainable future.

“It is not an overstatement to say that we face an environmental crisis, and that our actions now will be critical to saving thousands of species and ecosystems under severe threat. 

As we work together to better understand how we can create a sustainable future, Australia’s natural history museums will play a vital role in sharing the wealth of scientific insight and knowledge contained within their collections.”

—Lynley Crosswell, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Two kangaroos in an embrace, in a bush clearing, St Andrews, October 2009. These kangaroos were made orphans due to the Black Saturday bushfires and are very close. Cooper (right) and Merlot (left), two young Grey Kangaroos, are standing within a bush clearing at Wildhaven Wildlife Shelter. Part of the Kinglake National Park can be seen in the background; with burnt tree trunks and new undergrowth visible.
Director Research and Collections, Nurin Veis, and Director and CEO, Lynley Crosswell, inspecting the Entomology collection.
Curator Julian Finn photographing aquatic insects at the Grey River Picnic Area. Location: Australia, Victoria, Great Otway National Park, Kennett River, Grey River Picnic Area, on Grey River Road. Survey: Otways Bioscan OTB 2018 159
Girl speaking to a megaphone at a School Strike 4 Climate protest, 15 March 2019.
Motor Car - Bushfire Damaged Holden 48-215, FX, Churchill, 2009
Field site, Camp Cooinda Burrong, Grampians National Park.
The Hon. Robin Scott, Assistant Treasurer and The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, on the Melbourne Museum roof among the 2,700 new solar panels.


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