How to Save Australia and the Planet

The organisations listed on this page share a committment to touch the earth lightly and to conserve the natural environment.
If you know of any organisation that meets the above criteria and is not included here, please let us know.

Australian Museum
The Australian Museum, situated in central Sydney, is a dynamic source of reliable scientific information and informed debate about some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges facing our region: the loss of biodiversity, a changing climate and the search for cultural identity.
The museum's collection includes representative specimens of Australia's unique wildlife: native mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and countless invertebrates from a diversity of land and marine environments.

Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
The Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants is an independent, non-profit, voluntary organisation. It was established in 1957 by a group of people "pledged to promote the establishment and breeding of Australian native plants for the garden, park and farm." Since then the Society has grown to become a national federation of state and territory organisations, with district and special interest groups operating throughout each state and territory of Australia, as follows:
Australian Native Plants Society Canberra
tel: 02 6257 1951
Australian Plants Society New South Wales
tel: 02 9621 3437
Australian Plants Society South Australia
Australian Plants Society Tasmania
PO Box 818, Kingston, Tas 7051
Australian Plants Society Victoria
tel: 03 9639 6020
Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland
Wildflower Society of Western Australia
tel: 08 9383 7979
Australian Association of Bush Regenerators
The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators was established in 1986 out of concern for the continuing survival and integrity of bushland and its dependent fauna in or near bushland. The Association seeks new members and friends for promoting good work practices in natural areas. The aim is to foster sound ecological practices of bushland management by qualified persons and to promote the study and practice of bush regeneration.
Australian Conservation Foundation
The Australian Conservation Foundation is a non-profit organisation, funded by individual Australians via their memberships, donations and workplace giving programs. The Foundation works for practical solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Your support for ACF's conservation work helps ensure that future generations of Australians have healthy rivers, clean air, flourishing forests, unspoiled oceans and protection for our unique animals and plants.
Australian Flora Foundation
The Australian Flora Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that provides grants for scientific research into the biology and cultivation of Australia’s flora.
Australian Network for Plant Conservation
The Australian Network for Plant Conservation is a national non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the conservation of Australia's native vegetation. It provides high quality scientific and experiental information based on on-ground conservation management and rehabilitation
Australia & New Guinea Fish Association of NSW tel 02 4362 7085
ANGFA NSW is dedicated to the study and conservation of Australia's unique freshwater fishes. Meetings are held at the Sydney Aquarium on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm.
Birds Australia (The Royal Australasian Ornithological Union)
Founded in 1901, Birds Australia is Australia's oldest national conservation organsation, dedicated to the study and conservation of native birds and their habitats. New members are always welcome. Their award-winning "Birds in Backyards" website: launched in September 2005 is an essential resource for everyone interested in birds.
Blue Mountains Wildplant Rescue Service
A not-for-profit volunteer native plant nursery set up by the same woman who established the Wildlife Rescue Service (WIRES) to rescue native animals. The nursery also propagates from seed and cuttings. Plants are all indigenous to the Blue Mountains, from Lapstone to Mount Victoria and Mts Wilson, Irvine and Tomah. (See also our Nursery page, under 'Katoomba'.)
Conservation Volunteers
Conservation Volunteers Australia is a practical, hands-on conservation organisation with more than 2000 conservation projects across the country each year.
Australia's guide to green and sustainable living.
Fauna & Flora International
Founded in 1903, FFI is the world's longest established international conservation body. It is one of the few organisations whose remit is to protect the entire spectrum of endangered plant and animal species on the planet. They provide support to conservation initiatives throughout the world, in the form of partnerships, technical assistance, direct funding and consultancy.
"I am proud to be associated with what I regard as the doyen of all conservation societies. Fauna & Flora International has kept its objectives clear and well focused and has achieved marvellous things for minimal cost throughout its history." Sir David Attenborough, Vice President, FFI
Flora for Fauna
Flora for Fauna is a UK web site administered by the Natural History Museum. The aim of Flora for Fauna is to encourage gardeners and other horticulturalists to plant native trees, shrubs and flowers that are local to their areas. The Postcode Plants Database generates lists of native plants and wildlife for any specified postal district in the UK. For reasons of ecological integrity, artificial hybrids are specifically excluded.
By typing in the first three or four characters of their postcodes, householders, schools, garden centres and councils can obtain tailor-made lists of local plants, many of which are both hospitable to wildlife and suitable for gardens within their postal districts.
This innovative database is designed to foster greater understanding and awareness of the local environment, helping people to appreciate local plants and their importance for wildlife. Using the Postcode Plants Database to identify suitable plants, gardeners and householders can contribute directly to native species conservation in Britain.
(Flora for Fauna is an educational project and has no connection with the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia Flora for Fauna program. The NGIA program, although presented as educational, is a marketing device dominated by heavily promoted, artificial, nursery-bred hybrids, and species that are not indigenous to the bio-regions for which NGIA recommends them.)
In following Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology, Franciscans are involved with issues of justice, for disadvantaged people and for planet earth. They promote multi-faith and multicultural understanding, and encourage the general community to build relationships with Australia?s indigenous people and communities. St Francis EarthCare Grants are awarded annually, for environmental restoration in conjunction with community development.
Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens
The Friends of the Gardens support the research and conservation activities of the Botanic Gardens Trust, and help protect and develop the Royal Botanic Gardens. Although exotic plants are included, the emphasis continues to shift towards Australian native species.
Garden of Words
Garden of Words showcases the written works of Helen Cushing, that blend the practical, the philosophical and the literary. The site features inspiring and thoughtful articles on the ecology, beauty and culture of gardens; and includes extracts of Helen's most important work, Beyond Organics, the fruit of over 25 years involvement in gardens and nature.
Greening Australia
Greening Australia’s mission is to engage the community in vegetation management to protect and restore the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes. The organisation has over 25 years experience in tackling critical issues like salinity, declining water quality, soil degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss through an innovative blend of practical experience, science and community engagement.
Greenlink Box Hill
Greenlink is a voluntary organisation based in Box Hill, Victoria, with membership open to people of all ages. Members are involved in propagation of local flora, and the restoration and management of natural habitats. A free monthly newsletter, downloadable from the web site, covers items of interest across Australia.
Greenpeace Australia
Greenpeace Australia was founded in 1977. It is an independent organisation, campaigning to ensure a just, peaceful, sustainable environment for future generations. Its mission and core values are based on independence, non-violence and bearing witness through direct action.
Invasive Species Council
Invasive species are a growing problem all over the world; As an island continent with a unique flora and fauna, Australia is especially vulnerable. Over 2,700 weed species and 200 marine invaders – introduced since European settlement – have caused extensive damage to agriculture and the natural environment. Although the impacts are immense and ongoing, invasive species are still entering and spreading across Australia.
The Invasive Species Council is an independent, non-government organisation that campaigns to stop further invasions and contain invading species already present. ISC is probably the first group in the world created solely to lobby against invasive species, stricter laws on invasives, tighter quarantine controls and Rapid Response Teams to eliminate new invaders.
"I'm always amazed by the hold that exotic species have obtained over this land . . . Exotics pests are stealing into our national parks and wilderness zones."  Tim Low, author of 'Feral Future', and one of the founders of the Invasive Species Council.
Landcare Australia
Landcare Australia helps government, corporations and communities become partners in awareness campaigns and environmental repair projects. The Landcare ethic is to protect our environment and way of life now and for future generations, through appropriate management of our land, air, water and biological diversity.
Lore of the Land
Is designed to encourage Australians to live in harmony with each other and with the land we each call home. Through deepening our knowledge of who we are and where we are, together we can create a new story. Read the latest Reconciliation News from around Australia, share your reflections and tell the story of how you came to this land.
Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is the State's peak environmental organisation, facilitating over 130 member groups, and many individual supporters from across the state.
NCC member groups have played a pivotal role since 1955 in the establishment of the 280 national parks that now exist across NSW.
Staff members work closely with local communities and businesses, co-ordinate action groups across the state and advise key decision-makers at local, state and national level, to protect and promote the NSW environment.
Planet Ark
Planet Ark is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that aims to show individual people and the business community the many ways they can reduce their impact on the environment. It runs a number of environmental campaigns and initiatives including National Tree Day and National Recycling Week. Most of its work is carried out at the local community level via partnerships with councils, community groups and retail outlets.

Planet Earth
The Planet Earth Trust promotes and facilitates the use of trust laws, already implemented by a growing number of nations, to protect the planet’s ecosystems.


Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society is Australia's largest national community-based conservation organisation, with its National Office in Hobart, Tasmania. It works solely for the protection of Australia's wilderness and other high conservation value areas and its unique ecosystems, plants and animals.
The National Campaign Centre in Canberra is supplementd by local campaign centres almost all major cities in Australia. It also runs shops in a number of towns and cities, all of which welcome volunteer helpers.
WWF Australia
WWF Australia (formerly World Wildlife Fund and World Wide Fund For Nature), is part of the WWF International Network - the world's largest independent conservation organisation, working in over 100 countries and supported by more than 5 million people.
WWWF Australia is a not-for-profit, supporter-based organisation committed to conserving the unique wildlife of Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Its mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and by promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

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