Former Greens leader Bob Brown says that today’s Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, signed by world leaders including Australian PM Scott Morrison, promises an end to native forest logging globally and in Australia by 2030. ‘That will be very popular in Australia,’ Brown said, ‘and is a top goal for the environment movement - though we want it immediately’.
The PM and 109 other leaders signed up to this: ‘We therefore commit to working collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation. We will strengthen our shared efforts to conserve forests and other terrestrial ecosystems and accelerate their restoration’.
“This cannot be slippery or a lie. He will have a plan. It is an environmental gift from the Prime Minister to Australians though, given the events of recent days, it will be the new test of his agreement stickability. The world is now much more serious about tackling the climate emergency and extinction crisis by saving forests and wildlife.”
“Australia now has more than two million hectares of tree plantations, enough to meet the nation’s wood needs. Morrison will win the good wishes of the great majority of Australians who want native forest and woodland destruction stopped,” Brown said.
Bob Brown and fellow environmentalists face court in December for blocking logging of swift parrot habitat in northeast Tasmania and are campaigning to save the takayna/Tarkine rainforest in the island’s northwest. “It’s heartening to have the PM on the world stage signing up to our goal of ending native forest destruction,” he said.