Bob Brown Foundation is calling for urgent protection of takayna / Tarkine and immediate removal of Venture Minerals drill rig and cancellation of their mining leases.
Drilling has today been shut down by a protest. takayna defenders are in the Mount Lindsay rainforest region of takayna, halting the drilling by Venture Minerals. Seven defenders have walked into the rainforest site and one has locked down the drill rig.
“Venture Minerals may try corporate bully tactics to silence us. We will not back down in a climate and extinction crisis while destruction of these critical habitats and carbon storehouses continues,” said Scott Jordan, takayna campaigner at the Bob Brown Foundation, who is on-site at today’s protest.
“Tasmania should be contributing to the global solution not exacerbating the problem. Premier Gutwein can protect and restore carbon stores and has a rare and special opportunity to contribute to stabilising the climate and prevent ongoing wildlife habitat loss,” said Mr Jordan.
“A new report by Conservation International last week showed that a tiny proportion of the world’s land surface hosts carbon-rich forests and peatlands that would not recover before 2050 if lost. Tasmania appears as one of these global carbon hotspot, including the vast threatened forests of takayna. We must keep these forests intact and prevent any destruction,” said Jenny Weber, campaign manager for the Bob Brown Foundation who is also on-site at Mount Lindsay today.
“We will not stand back and allow Venture Minerals to continue their filthy extractive practices in the pristine wilderness of takayna. Our actions against this profit-driven corporate bully will continue for as long as it takes to get them out of takayna,” concluded Jenny Weber.