Media Release: Forest defenders occupy Tasmanian Government logging agency offices

This morning, in the Hobart headquarters of Sus Timber Tasmania, forest defenders are protesting about the ongoing logging of native forests in this age of climate emergency and national crisis.

Tasmania's new Premier, Peter Gutwein, says the government must ‘do more’ on climate change. Gutwein should end native forest logging as a first step towards his promise.

“Tasmania’s vast tract of native forests has just become even more important, as the nation has witnessed enormous loss of forests and wildlife in bushfires.  We are at a critical time in history when Australia needs to do more towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions and wildlife protection,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“There is a national climate, fire, drought and biodiversity crisis.  The island state’s intact native forests, with giant trees, are vital for carbon capture and storage.  These valuable carbon and wildlife storehouses continue to be destroyed at an alarming rate by Sus Timber Tasmania,” Jenny Weber said.

“We have a solution for the new Premier; protect Tasmania’s native forests, transfer all Sus Timber Tasmania staff into a Climate Emergency Response Unit and stop failing to take meaningful action on climate,” Jenny Weber said.

“For the sake of all Tasmanians, it’s time to do more on climate change and native forest protection. If the Premier is serious about doing more on climate change, then halting the destruction of native forests should be one of the first steps,” Jenny Weber said.


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