Bob Brown Foundation is embarking on a Vote Environment campaign in this state election to achieve major change in Tasmania, as the assault on its environment and wildlife has worsened.
“Our Vote Environment campaign is a call to the political leaders to show their eco-credentials before voters go to the ballot box. It is a plea to voters that Tasmania’s wild places, wildlife and climate needs their vote this election. Native forests, oceans, coasts, rivers and the Aboriginal living landscapes are suffering from the ‘cut it down and dig it up’ mentality,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.
“Our campaign features a state-wide advertising campaign on billboards, buses, in newspapers and on social media. Mobilising a voice for environmental protection and climate action we will letterbox thousands of Tasmanians and we will rally in Hobart on Saturday 24 April because, in this age of climate emergency and extinction crisis, Tasmania’s natural beauty, wild places and wildlife is a top election issue,” Jenny Weber said.
“The major parties want our votes in the ballot box before the election and their bulldozers invading our forests after the election. They promise to end the squeeze on schools and hospitals before the election but will hand over $5 billion from taxpayers to foreign corporations for the Marinus cable after the election. Our campaign is to have every thoughtful vote go to candidates who will defend our forests, wildlife, coastal beauty and lifestyle,” Bob Brown said.
“Tasmania has an environmental crisis including the ongoing tax-payer subsidised logging of native forests, loss of habitat for endangered wildlife including the critically endangered Swift Parrot, push to allow off-road vehicle access across globally significant Aboriginal living landscapes in takayna/Tarkine, rampant expansion of fish farms and the threat of invasion into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area with private developments,” Jenny Weber said.
In the last term of government, there has been the ongoing flattening of wildlife-filled native forests, expansions of fish farms in our oceans and rivers and new threats to Tasmania’s wild places. All while attempting to silence defenders of Tasmania’s natural wildness with draconian anti-protest laws. Failing to halt the destruction of the environment will exacerbate the biodiversity and extinction crisis and the climate crisis,” Jenny Weber said.
“This is a call on all candidates to commit to action on the environment and climate in the next term of parliament. Tasmania has a remarkable future ahead of it as a World Heritage Wilderness Island, with clean air, water and abundant wildlife. A future with a strong economy benefiting from protected landscapes and a net-zero carbon economy. A future that Tasmanians need to vote for,” Jenny Weber said.