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Climate migrants

The ESRI storymap on climate refugees does a phenomenal job sampling locations in the world that experience migration effects as a result of climate change. 

Why is biodiversity important for your generation?

Bush Forever

Bush Forever is the strategic plan for the conservation of bushland on the Swan Coastal Plain that will help conserve our biological diversity. It is a world class plan in Australia’s only global biodiversity hotspot but its implementation is incomplete. This unfinished business is putting our irreplaceable natural assets of unique flora, fauna and vegetation systems at risk. 

Your environment

The Department of Environment Regulation has three service delivery areas:

  • Service 1: Environmental Regulation—Regulate activities with potential impacts on the environment.
  • Service 2: Environment Policy—Develop and implement policies and strategies that promote environmental outcomes.
  • Service 3: Waste Strategies—Reduce the impact of waste.

The Department’s purpose is to advise on and implement strategies for a healthy environment for Western Australia. Check here for information on:


Air quality index - Perth

Air pollution index - real time data:

ClickView videos

Water quality

Sufficient water supply of appropriate quality is a key ingredient in the health and well-being of humans and ecosystems, and for social and economic development. Water quality is becoming a global concern of increasing significance, as risks of degradation translate directly into social economic impacts. UN-Water is the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues, including sanitation. Topics include:

Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas: Overall water risk identifies areas with higher exposure to water-related risks and is an aggregated measure of all selected indicators from the Physical Quantity, Quality and Regulatory & Reputational Risk categories. 

Sources of water pollution

Twig video - Water Pollution:

Twig video - Water Pollution:

Twig video comes with learning materials and a topic handout.

Perth's water supply

Water Corporation: Here you can check rainfall and dam levels and find out how declining rainfall is affecting the amount of water that flows into our dams.

YouTube - UNESCO - Protecting water quality for people and environment

The quality of water we use and drink determines in large part quality of our lives. Clean water is essential to the health and well-being of people preserving the integrity of the natural environment and sustaining economies.

Water and liveable communities

Our communities need good services, and spaces that make us feel good. Water is a common factor in many of the things we require to meet our needs and there are many threads to this conversation.

“Liveability reflects the wellbeing of a community & represents the many characteristics that make a location a place where people want to live.” – A State of Liveability, Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission.

Integrated water management looks at ALL of our sources of water and local opportunities to use and re use water, including rain water, storm water and recycled water from wastewater treatment plants. This approach allows consideration of the city as a self contained ecosystem, largely supplying and addressing it’s own water needs rather than relying on the hinterland for supply and waste management. This can result in long term operational cost savings and systems that can better cope with future challenges and climate change.