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.