Restore Pedder

In the summer of 2021-22 it will be 50 years since Lake Pedder was flooded. We want agreement to pull the plug and Restore Pedder by this anniversary. We have a plan. We need your help to make it happen.

Why Pedder, why now? 

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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 summer of 2021-22 it will be fifty years since the iconic Lake Pedder was flooded. This coincides with the launch of the United Nations Decade of Ecological Restoration 2021-2030 to massively scale up global action on restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems. We want agreement to pull the plug and Restore Pedder by this anniversary.

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!

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In February 2020 a submersible was sent to investigate the current condition of Lake Pedder’s iconic pink quartzite beach and returned with the above auspicious footage.



Header Image Credit: Elspeth Vaughan