We can’t afford to be a koala “bystander” if we want Australia’s unique species live on

Xixi Gloria Zou

Xixi Zou is one of DiM’s interns and has just researched Australia’s koala crisis. Like many Australians, she was unaware of the fact that koalas are an endangered species – just like the Mountain Gorillas or rhinos. In her opinion, we all have the responsibility do act and reflects on the meaning of the true meaning of the term “bystander” – a term that is currently used frequently.

Are you aware of being a bystander?

Surely, you have heard of the term “bystander”.  When we hear it – for example at university as a student like myself – we immediately think of the context the word “bystander” is currently used in. It is all about how we can avoid “just” being a passive bystander – and actively fight against racism, sexual harassment, domestic violence, emotional abuse, etc. How can we and others avoid “just” watching when we see something that is not right going on? How can we avoid being a bystander and actively protect the vulnurable who get hurt, abused or are even under threat with their lives endangerd. It is a big topic everywhere and rightly so. 

However, have you thought about that – when it comes to koalas and their protections-  you, in fact, we all, might be a bystanders?

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You can read a lot of articles mentioning that the government should have updated protection policies and strategies to save koalas – Australia’s unique and much-loved animals and tourist attractions that are now listed as an endangered species – just like Mountain Gorillas or rhinos.

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