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Planet under pressure – a science watchdog shares her story

Planet under pressure – a science watchdog shares her story

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From coral reefs, to the Brazilian rainforests, to the Antarctic shelf, scientist Emily Nicholson is part of a global team that assesses the conservation values of the world’s ecosystems. Emily co-leads the Red List of Ecosystems team of the world’s most significant environmental watchdog IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). IUCN sets the global standards on conservation for species, ecosystems and protected areas, providing important information on how biodiversity is under pressure around the world, and what can be done to safeguard nature.

Emily is living proof that research can make a difference. One of her recent papers showed the impact of the Red List of Ecosystems on conservation policy and practice, and she is set to extend this work to examine the links between ecosystems and human well-being. Funded by the Australian Research Council, her work will improve the tracking of Australia’s progress in meeting its international environmental commitments. But beyond that, on the global stage, it will provide a global evidence base for all governments to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“Sixty per cent of Australians rate climate change as the greatest threat to our national interest,” she says. “But that is only the first step. We all need to be engaged and active. There are practical tips that everyone can do to help, including ensuring our politicians understand the urgency of this crisis.”

Emily is an Associate Professor of Conservation Science at Deakin University and a mother of three young children. Her story will inspire you to make a difference.

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