The Australian Government's ideological attack on the protection of World Heritage sites has prompted a global wave of outrage from both marine conservationists and forest campaigners.
In the next few weeks, the World Heritage Committee will decide the fate of two of Australia’s most precious and iconic environments – Tasmania’s ancient forests and the Great Barrier Reef.
“The Australian Government's unprecedented attack on World Heritage is placing Tasmania’s forests at risk all over again,” said Miranda Gibson, from the Observer Tree.
“Their latest proposal to remove 74,000 hectares of tall eucalyptus forests with outstanding universal values would be a stunning loss to Australia and the world.”
On 13 – 15 June, at public and private gatherings around the world, people will view films from the Fight for the Reef and the Tasmanian forest campaigns designed to highlight the extreme nature of the threats now facing these precious places.
“Australia is moving backwards by decimating hard-won protections and weakening environmental laws that protect world heritage sties,” said Felicity Wishart, Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director from the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
“The Great Barrier Reef is under direct threat from the most widespread, rapid and damaging set of industrial developments in Queensland’s history.
“The eyes of the world are now on the Australian Government.”
“The Australian Government is smashing our international reputation with its attack on World Heritage environments,” said Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager from the Bob Brown Foundation.
“This alliance between groups fighting to save the Tasmanian forests and the Great Barrier Reef gives people across the globe the opportunity to take action.
“People want their voices to be heard by the decision-makers meeting in Doha, Qatar.
“The fate of these iconic and irreplaceable natural wonders should not be dictated by a government looking to help its mates make a quick buck.
“World Heritage should be forever.”
The Bob Brown Foundation, the Observer Tree and Australian Marine Conservation Society are jointly coordinating 48 hours of Global Actions to Defend World Heritage from 13-15 June.
Broadcast quality video available on request.
For more information please call Jane Garcia on 0434 489 533