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Antonio Guterres

Climate change disproportionately impacts women and girls and has been described as a ‘women’s rights crises’.  United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres

River Red Gum

Artist: Suzanne Lees
Location: Zonta Club of Melbourne on Yarra, District 23, Australia

The River Red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) is Australia’s most iconic and widespread eucalyptus. They can grow to over 500 years old with a diameter of five meters and more than forty-five meters tall. They have deep cultural significance and are used by indigenous Australians as canoes, bowls, spears, and medicines. Their hollows provide habitat for birds and animals. They absorb a significant amount of carbon from the atmosphere and help maintain water quality.

Growing along rivers, changes to water flows caused by climate change threaten their existence. Increased irrigation and damming can leave these trees dying from permanently being flooded or from reduced water. Heightened fire regimes can destroy them and the creatures they house.

The world needs these trees to survive.

Medium: Photograph