Forest defenders have intensified protests in Wentworth Hills old growth forests as defenders immobilise logging machinery by attaching themselves to the destructive dozers and a treesitter is 30 metres high in an ancient eucalyptus.
“Logging in this Wentworth Hills forest has been destroying rare intact old ecosystems and endangered species habitat. Today’s protest is in addition to the treesit occupation of nearby threatened ancient forests just 2km north that has been in place for four days,” Dr Lisa Searle, Bob Brown Foundation’s Native Forest Campaign Organiser said.
“Our simultaneous protests in these threatened Wentworth Hills forests are to highlight the worst old growth logging. Dedicated forest defenders are occupying these forests that Premier Gutwein and Prime Minister Morrison are relentlessly destroying and failing to protect,” Bob Brown Foundations Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“Just yesterday Australia’s eminent climate scientist Will Steffen warned Australia had to half its emissions by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2040. Meanwhile, in Tasmania, the precious old growth forest carbon sinks continue to be logged needlessly. It’s dangerous for the climate. Native forests logging needs to cease to ensure climate benefits and endangered species are protected in the age of extinction,” Jenny Weber said.
“Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been advised by expert Professor Samuel that the government needs to abolish the effective exemption from environment laws granted to all native forest logging covered by regional forestry agreements between the federal and state governments,” Jenny Weber said.
“Government leaders are ignoring the science, climate emergency impacts and choosing native forest destruction over protection,” Jenny Weber said.
“The time for logging native forests is over. We are in a climate emergency and we will not stop protesting until every last machine has moved out of all native forests across Tasmania, including the Wentworth Hills area. This battle will continue,” Dr Lisa Searle said