In the summer of 2021-22 it will be 50 years since Lake Pedder was flooded, it is the dawning of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and conclusion of the impounding dams lifespan.
Its time to wake the lake. We have a plan. We need your help to make it happen.
2021 Paddle for Pedder: Derwent Edition
In 2021 the Paddle for Pedder took to Hobarts Derwent River on Sunday March 28th, where 23 kayakers came together, raising a ‘Restore Pedder’ banner, calling for all political candidates contesting the state election to put the restoration of Lake Pedder, in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, at the heart of a future vision for the state. Read more on the action here.
Pedder on The Project
“It’s an Australian natural wonder up there with the likes of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, but chances are you’ve never heard of it because nearly 50 years ago it was drowned beneath 15 metres of water, now there’s a push to restore it to its former glory” From The Project, Monday 14th September 2020. View the compete 5.30min of footage here.
Lake Pedder Can Be Restored!
The scientific results are in! View Dr Anita Wild sharing her ecological restoration study results for Lake Pedder with Christine Milne, Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick and Todd Dudley.
Original Beach confirmed intact
In February 2020 a submersible was sent to investigate the current condition of Lake Pedder’s iconic pink quartzite beach and returned with auspicious footage confirming it remains and is only covered by a thin layer of sediment.
2020 Paddle for Pedder
On Sunday March 1st 2020, eleven kayakers paddled from Scotts Peak to regroup over the sunken lake 13 kilometres away and raise a banner calling for the restoration of Pedder.
In 1972, the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Lake Pedder was flooded by the Serpentine Hydro impoundment. Barrister Edward St John famously stated: “The day will come when our children will undo what we so foolishly have done.”
The day has come. Our children are rallying together and marching on the streets demanding climate action and protection the precious ecosystems that support life on Earth.
In the midst of a climate and biodiversity crisis, the restoration of the original Lake Pedder will:
- Show Tasmania can achieve a renewable energy/low emissions future, restore our wild places and fix our mistakes of the past
- Enhance the value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
- Provide an opportunity for Tasmanian scientists and engineers to lead one of the world’s largest and most important ecological restorations
- Be a symbol of hope to the world that we can turn the tide of destruction to live in balance with nature
The lesson from the loss of Pedder is that some things are too vital to the essence of our humanity to be lost.
We need your help to make the dream of restoring Lake Pedder a reality, get involved today!
In the summer of 2021-22 it will be fifty years since the water of the Serpentine Hydro impoundment swallowed the wide pinkish-white quartzite beach Lake Pedder: the wild heart of Tasmania. This coincides with the start of the United Nations Decade of Ecological Restoration 2021 to 2030 to massively scale up global action on restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems.
Header Image Elspeth Hope-Johnstone & Banner Image Rob Blakers, logo design Keep Tassie Wild.