Media Release: Five forest defenders arrested in Hobart climate protest

Today five forest defenders were arrested in Hobart after two people glued themselves to a door and railing then locked onto the others while occupying the offices of Sus Timber Tasmania.   Forest defenders occupied the logging agency headquarters for over three hours calling for an end to logging of native forests and protection of these vital carbon and wildlife storehouses.

“Tasmania’s Government and Sus Timbers Tasmania are responsible for the large scale clearing of intact native forests in our island state.  All of Tasmania’s native forests are valuable carbon and wildlife storehouses and vital to mitigating impacts from the climate emergency.  As we experience a national climate, fire, drought and biodiversity crisis the intact native forests of Tasmania are even more important to protect,”  Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“The environment is now the number 1 issue that Australians are concerned about and Tasmania’s new Premier Gutwein can do more on climate change and give secure long-lasting protection to the vast tract of native forests,” Jenny Weber said.

Forest defenders arrested today include Dr Colette Harmsen, Dr Lisa Searle, Grant Maddox, Atalaya Ferrari and Gaia Rose Shoham, all were charged with trespass and will appear in court on Monday 24 February.

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