Bob Brown Foundation rallied 1000 people on Hobart’s Parliament Lawns today to Vote Environment.
“One week out of the election, we rallied today with all environment groups as we face a great crisis, the climate emergency, the sixth mass extinction and destruction of wild places. Environment and climate must be on the top of the political agenda this election. All the promises made from new roads to health and tourism, this is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, as we face a future without a safe climate and intact environment,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“In the biggest public mobilisation of the snap state election campaign, rally attendees today heard from Tasmanians who are fighting for environment and climate protection in an age of Liberal government ruthless destruction. Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Nala Mansell reminded us that we have a duty to her ancestors who looked after lutruwita. Youth climate activist Amelie Hudspeth reminded us that we have a duty to young people to vote for a safe climate and environment on behalf of future generations,” Jenny Weber said.
The environment vote is likely to determine the Tasmanian poll on 1 May, former Greens member of the House of Assembly Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
“Big issues like health, housing, education and the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic have already jelled in most voters minds. But environment and lifestyle issues like forests, wildlife, fish farming, wilderness and the climate emergency are mounting in importance as polling day nears. Richard Flanagan’s ‘Toxic’ is flying off the bookshelves and will have readers changing votes to candidates like the Greens who will tackle this out-of-control marine polluter. Today’s opinion polls published in the Mercury show there is not a likelihood either Labor or Liberal can win a majority as the Greens and independents gain in popularity.”
“Heavy-handed government efforts to squash environmental concerns in Tasmania, and the commitments of both the Liberal and Labor parties to lock up peaceful forest protesters if elected, is changing votes. The issue is not going off the election agenda this time,” Brown said.
“The notable effort by both Peter Gutwein and Rebecca White to sideline environmental issues is likely to backfire and leave neither with the majority they are demanding,” Brown said