Two protesters have this morning attached themselves to mining company MMG’s machine in Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine to halt its environmental destruction. Lucy McCarroll from Launceston and Vera Graham from Hobart have joined the Bob Brown Foundations ongoing campaign to defend takayna’s World Heritage value rainforests and threatened species habitat.
Today Bob Brown Foundation enters day 21 calling for Chinese state-owned miner MMG to cease plans for their Tarkine tailings waste dam and remove machines now.
“While we wait for the government to protect these old rainforests we have no other choice than to stop the machines destroying takayna,” said Vera Graham, while attached to MMG’s machine in takayna/Tarkine.
“Machines have been building a new road in takayna/Tarkine as MMG prepares to carry out geo-technical drilling. These intact forests that are immediately threatened are habitat for nationally-listed species vulnerable to extinction including Tasmanian devils, quolls, giant wedge-tailed eagles and Masked owls,” Jenny Weber said.
Minister Ley has changed the date from tomorrow to July 23 for her decision on whether this controversial heavy metals tailings dam can proceed or be declared ‘clearly unacceptable’.
“The majority of Australians and the hundreds of people who have protested in the forests, rallied in Hobart and protested daily outside the Minister Ley’s office, including the seventeen citizens who have been arrested, all consider this proposal and current destruction ‘clearly unacceptable’,” Jenny Weber said.
The world faces a triple environmental emergency of biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution. Science tells us these next 10 years are our final chance to avert a climate catastrophe, turn back the deadly tide of pollution and end species loss.
“Protecting Australia’s largest temperate rainforests and 495 000 hectares of intact takayna with critical endangered species habitat will provide a major contribution to addressing this UN warning about the state of the planet,” Jenny Weber said.
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