The world’s largest aerial camping events in the history of forest defence has commenced as climbers take to the canopies of threatened forests in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine and across Australia to highlight the importance of Earth’s intact native forests.
“Across the globe, the Big Canopy Campout is happening this weekend with 112 campouts in 24 countries and it is to benefit our Foundation’s fight to defend and protect Australia’s largest rainforest in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine.
While the international spotlight is on us here in takayna / Tarkine this year’s campout is also showcasing threatened forests around Australia in Victoria and NSW. Frontline activists fighting the Adani Carmichael mine have also joined the campout from their Central Qld Camp Binbee. Australia’s unique natural environment and wildlife, the Earth’s climate needs protection from ongoing destruction including logging and mining,” Jenny Weber said.
“We’re camping out in Gladstone State Forest on Gumbaynggirr Country in Northern NSW. This forest is one of the last remaining Koala refuges on the East Coast and was miraculously unburnt during last seasons fires. The local community have been blockading here for years and watched NSW Forestry Corporation ramp up their destructive extraction from the forest while we were evacuating or fighting fires. Recently Gumbaynggirr Conservation Group and community allies have successfully kept Forestry Corp from commencing logging in over a third of the forest. We love that the Big Canopy Campout connects us with other communities across the world fighting for our precious life support systems, forests,” said Ruby Oliver-King in Bellingen for the Big canopy Campout.
"We are on the climate frontlines here in Central Queensland stopping the Adani coal mine. But another climate frontline is in our forests, where trees are drawing down carbon from the atmosphere and enabling the biodiversity we need for climate resilience. The climate crisis forces us to see the way human life is entwined with the natural world, and to strive to protect Australia's priceless and diverse forests." said Scott Daines from Camp Binbee
“We are not the first and won’t be the last to wander these lands of takayna / Tarkine. The rainforest we are occupying for this years canopy campout is reminiscent of the Tarkine’s vast rainforests that hold an immense and wild history. It needs to remain intact. The people gathered in takayna this weekend are defiantly defending this forest from industrial logging proposed in the coming summer. We are in solidarity with people all over the world highlighting the systematic and ludicrous demolition of our climate stores, our planet’s forests. We are defiant and will defend these forests from any more destruction,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Organiser Erik Hayward said.