Two protesters arrested in Tarkine earlier today
Play for Change, a north west Tasmanian playgroup, has held a play date protest outside the office of Minister for the Environment Roger Jaensch. The group also entered the Minister's office to hand-deliver a letter calling for the protection of takayna / Tarkine.
The group hung a banner with the handprints of over 100 children and parents with the message 'Hands off our Future' in response to mining company MMG's proposal to build a heavy metals tailings dam in World Heritage worthy rainforests in takayna / Tarkine. While this morning, two women were arrested in the Tarkine after joining a protest with Bob Brown Foundation.
"Play For Change grew from a feeling of helplessness but in particular, how we as parents could come together and do our bit to secure our children's future in a peaceful, fun and engaging way. Last week, we collected the handprints of over one hundred children from Tasmania and mainland Australia in support of the current protection efforts for takayna / Tarkine. While young families can't be on the front line protecting these forests, we're still watching. Just because we don't chain ourselves to machinery or lay down in front of mining trucks, doesn't mean we won't voice our objection to what seems senseless destruction of pristine wilderness," said Play for Change founder Ashleigh Loubser. Play for Change was formed to allow parents of young children to have a voice on environment issues.
"Tasmanians should be fiercely protecting one of this state's greatest natural assets, not only for future generations to enjoy but also to guard ourselves against the climate emergency we're currently facing. We want our children to experience first-hand the beauty of this region, not read about it in history books. We want this state and its ancient forests, majestic mountains and wild coastlines to remain the envy of the world. The ‘who’ and ‘why’ doesn't matter to us – no one should have the right to touch these ancient landscapes.”
“As a mother of two young girls, I find myself asking what kind of parent would I be if I didn't fight for this? What kind of example are we setting for our children if we allow this to happen? When my children and grandchildren ask me one day what I did to protect our community against climate change, I want to be able to say I did everything I could," said Ms Loubser.
Bob Brown Foundation supports the stand made by Play for Change.
"This is a great initiative giving parents of young children a voice in issues affecting the future of the planet. We are thrilled that Play for Change has chosen to stand up for takayna / Tarkine on behalf of their children," said Bob Brown Foundation takayna /Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.