Environmental policy specialist Samuel Marwood was helping to write the threatened species strategy for the Victorian Government two years ago when he
ran into a problem: funding.
Samuel knew straight away that he was not the only person being kept awake at night by the challenge of securing ongoing financial support for a threatened species program. The hearts and minds behind some of the greatest human defenders of such species are consumed by where they’ll find their next stage of funding.
On the other side of the equation, Samuel also knew there were great people in the community who wanted to support threatened species – but who didn’t have any money, either. Not very much, anyway.
The answer? Samuel put on his thinking cap and innovated. The result, Edge Pledge, brings those people to the problem and delivers a solution by creating new and fun opportunities to raise money for a cause or threatened species they care about.
And perhaps the most distinctive thing about Edge Pledge is its “challenge generator” – a website that asks each user to answer a few questions to determine their personality type, then uses this information to suggest a selection of appropriate challenges. Friends and colleagues “vote” on which challenge they favour; the challenge that gains the most in donations “wins” and can shortly begin.
Edge Pledge is no ordinary fundraising platform. It is already disrupting crowdfunding principles that are themselves not long on the market and, incredibly, Edge Pledge has raised more than $30,000 in the past six weeks.
Samuel has got it this far, but now he is calling out to the TSR Hub to help it go further, “whether it is sharing it on Facebook, making a donation or creating your own pledge, we need everyone to help out where they can”.
You can find out more about Edge Pledge through Facebook or Twitter, from the website edgepledge.com, or from entertainers Rove McManus and Claire Hooper, who have dressed up in costume to tell us what it feels like to be a threatened species.
You might even find that Edge Pledge disrupts your own status quo for a while…
Karajarri Rangers are leading a Threatened Species Recovery Hub research project to investigate how different fire management approaches affect biodiversity. The first field trip took place in April this year, when a team of 16 rangers, support staff and scientists journeyed to the Edgar Ranges for eight days of wildlife monitoring. Hub researcher Sarah Legge worked with the rangers to compile this report from the field.
Cissy Gore-Birch is a member of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub’s steering committee and the Chair of its Indigenous Reference Group. The Indigenous Reference Group was established to assist hub leaders and project teams to strengthen the engagement and participation of Indigenous people in the hub’s activities and research projects. Cissy recently attended the Species of the Desert Festival on the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area, where she spoke about both threatened and culturally important species, and increasing the voice of Indigenous people in environmental policies and research.
Dr Sally Box, the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Commissioner, talks about the importance of working with Indigenous groups to conserve Australia’s threatened species.
Researchers from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub are calling on citizen scientists to help them learn more about Australia’s possums and gliders by recording sightings in a new, free app. Dr Rochelle Steven from the University of Queensland is passionate about Australia’s possums and gliders and believes people in the community can do a lot to help support conservation, especially in urban areas.
There are 27 different types of possums and gliders in Australia. They have a huge variety of sizes, shapes and appearances. We’ve compiled a profile on every species here. One quarter of our possums and gliders are listed as threatened under Australian environmental law. Help their conservation, be a citizen scientist: you can record sightings of possums from your local areas in the free 'CAUL Urban Wildlife App'.