Day 15 in the Tarkine Canopy Vigil – Frankland River forests

Direct from the frontline of threatened ancient forests in Tasmania's Tarkine.

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Our conservation camp and Tarkine Canopy Vigil is ongoing! Logging was scheduled to start in February and hasn't yet started, thankfully the forests are still standing. So too are the concerned community members who are camping in these threatened forests.

"Today I was visited by Andy, a passionate Tasmanian wilderness guide and photographer, we discussed the importance of maintaining a strong stance against native forest logging and the importance of practicing civil disobedience in the face of the undemocratic anti protest laws designed to silence people and discourage peaceful protest.

A large part of the drive to put myself in a position which could cause arrest is one of scale, the recognition that this precious Gondwanan wilderness (which always has and always will belong to its original custodians) could be lost forever in the hands of short sighted despots and the relatively small sacrifice of a part of my life (which actually relies on these places remaining intact physically and existentially). This is all much bigger than me. Secondly, I am driven by the practice of civil disobedience in defiance of senseless and oppressive laws. It is vital that we are not frightened off from defending these ancient ecosystems, these laws should not exist and it is not enough for me to stand by and talk about how we want to forest to stand and how these laws make no sense, we need to challenge them and allow ourselves to be governed by our notions of what is right and good even when it is not lawful.

As it stands the camp is not within an exclusion zone and it is entirely lawful to be here, there is no pressure or tactical imperative for people who are taking part on the ground to disobey the order to move on, so you can come and take part without risk of arrest.  I am filled with hope as more people gather here and foster relationships of care for each other based on mutual reverence for this place and a vision of a better world."

Claire Anderson - tree-sitter.


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