Australia: forests of Tasmania in danger

This video from Australia says about itself: ‘A community forest occupation in Tasmania’s south has today entered its second day, in an area that is under threat from new logging in to remote Weld Valley wilderness forest.’

By Melanie Barnes, in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia:

Protect Tassie forests too!

30 March 2007

HOBART — The Howard government has promised to spend $200 million on an international fund to halve the rate of deforestation in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific as part of Australia’s contribution to stopping climate change.

However the government hasn’t mentioned putting an end to the 20,000 hectares of native forest that are clear-felled and burned each year in Tasmania.

Greens leader Bob Brown highlighted this hypocrisy on March 30.

The long-running campaign to protect forests in southern Tasmania continues. In late March, logging machinery moved into the Upper Florentine forests.

On March 29, activists blockaded the entrance to the Tahune Air Walk, a tourist attraction run by Forestry Tasmania, and two other locations in the Weld Valley to highlight the continued logging of these forests.

The action received support from tourists visiting the site.

Big pro forest demonstration in Tasmania: here.

Tamar valley pulp mill controversy: here.

Update October 2007: here.

Update November 2007: here.

Update 31 May 2008: here.

“I was the premier of Tasmania but these bastards were infinitely more powerful than me. You’ve no idea how powerful they are. I couldn’t move. For God’s sake, keep fighting them. That’s why I’m ringing you, they have to be stopped.” Two weeks before his death, former Tasmanian Labor premier Jim Bacon, said these words in a phone call to well-known anti-pulp mill campaigner and ABC TV’s Gardening Australia host Peter Cundall: here.

7 thoughts on “Australia: forests of Tasmania in danger


    Protest Australia’s Continued Ancient Forest Logging in the
    Face of Abrupt Climate Change

    By Climate Ark &, projects of Ecological Internet and
    April 8, 2008

    Australia’s new “climate friendly” government preaches global
    forest protection for climate benefits internationally, while
    continuing to industrially clear its own native primary
    forests in Tasmania and elsewhere, and this unseemly
    hypocrisy must end

    Australia continues to industrially clear their last native
    ancient forests, even as their government promotes forest
    protection internationally to combat climate change.
    Australia’s new government led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
    has ratified Kyoto, appears genuinely committed to global
    climate change policy, and speaks often of how Indonesia,
    Papua New Guinea and the world must protect primary forests
    to solve global climate change. Yet in an act of unseemly
    doublespeak, the country that is perhaps most impacted by
    climate change continues to log its last centuries old trees
    found in ancient forest ecosystems vital for holding both
    carbon and water. Why is forest protection a good idea
    internationally but not for Australia’s much reduced and
    climate impacted natural habitats? Australia’s new government
    must be called upon to stop their hypocrisy and end logging
    of their own old growth forests as a keystone response to
    climate change, biodiversity loss and ecosystem




    Ecological Internet Welcomes ANZ Bank Withdrawal from
    Tasmanian Pulp Mill Disaster

    May 31, 2008
    By Ecological Internet,

    Ecological Internet (EI) welcomes news that ANZ Bank of
    Australia will not fund the Gunns Tasmanian pulp mill. In a
    statement ANZ announced it will not provide finance for the
    AU$ 2 billion project to pulp ancient forests for throw-away
    paper products, but did not provide a reason for withdrawing.
    International environmental protest spearheaded by Ecological
    Internet, in support of local protests, certainly played a
    major role.

    ANZ Bank, and the Australian and Tasmanian governments, have
    been targets of environmental protest in country and from
    Ecological Internet and other overseas groups for years. Most
    recently, in early April, nearly 3,000 EI Earth Action Network
    participants from 87 countries sent a quarter of a million
    protest emails to ANZ and the Australian government asking
    that ANZ withdraw funding. The Australian national government
    was also called out for their hypocrisy in supporting
    protection of forests overseas to address climate change, but
    not in Tasmania. The archived successful alert can be found at:

    “Thankfully, ANZ Bank has finally listened to its customers
    and global citizens sickened by their profiteering from
    ancient forest slaughter. They should be commended for
    withdrawing from the ecologically disaster Gunns pulp mill.
    Now perhaps ANZ will reexamine their lending to notorious
    rainforest destroyer Rimbunan Hijau in Papua New Guinea as
    well. And Australia end its logging shame by pulling Gunns’
    pulp mill environmental approvals, ending this ghoulish
    project once and for all,” says Ecological Internet President
    Dr. Glen Barry.

    “It is amazing what global citizens, through participation in
    a strong network anchored by a reliable hub, can achieve
    together for ecological sustainability. As Ecological Internet
    continues to raise funds to meet basic costs for our unique
    brand of biocentric activism on the net, we hope this latest
    in a string of victories will lead to increased individual and
    foundation support for our campaign to end ancient forest

    Ecological Internet stands alone as the only major
    international forest campaigning group working to end ancient
    forest logging and all industrial destruction of relatively
    intact natural ecosystems. We seek permanent protections for
    all remaining primary and old-growth forests (with appropriate
    compensation and continued small scale use for local peoples),
    advocate for ecological restoration and certified management
    of regenerating and planted natural forest ecosystems, and
    promote local peoples’ pursuit of small-scale, community-based
    eco-forestry projects based upon regenerating secondary and
    standing ancient forests. This is the true path to global
    forest sustainability.

    Contact: Dr. Glen Barry,,
    +1 920 776 1075


  3. Forests and climate change – examining the spin

    By Susan Austin

    Tasmania, Australia — It’s easy to get confused about the issue of
    forests and climate change. Climate scientists say that preserving our
    forests is a quick, easy and cheap way to prevent further global
    warming, and Australia’s previous federal government allocated A$200
    million towards preserving forests in South-East Asia. Yet both the
    federal government and the Tasmanian state government are overseeing the
    continuing destruction of Tasmania’s old-growth forests to feed a
    profitable wood-chip export industry and a soon-to-be-built pulp mill.
    And what’s more, they say that the industry is carbon-positive and
    sustainable. What’s really going on?


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