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“Australia and the world retains a brilliant green legacy from the life of Jack Mundey. Jack’s ‘green bans’ combined environmental and social justice and gave rise to the name ‘Green parties’, from Germany to Australia, now transforming global politics,” Bob Brown said today.
“Jack was a thoughtful man who made a stand against the corrupt Twentieth Century politics tearing down heritage buildings and evicting poor people to build glass hotels and apartment buildings for the rich. His union’s ‘green bans’ captured worldwide attention. He was a peaceful and very courageous social revolutionary. He set a standard for the much greater social upheavals which the Twenty-First Century will see, as the climate emergency, overpopulation and the widening gap between rich and poor create turbulence and self-inflicted hardship on a finite planet unable to provide for everyone’s greed.”
“Jack was an inspiration for the successful Franklin River blockade in 1982.”
“The world has lost his presence but that inspiration will live on and be critical for the coming generations,” Brown said.
Bob Brown Foundation has welcomed the new report Recent Australian wildfires made worse by logging and associated forest management published in Nature journal on Tuesday. This report proves that recent Australian wildfires were made worse by logging and historical and contemporary logging regimes.
“Australia now has overwhelming evidence that logging of Australia’s native forests increases both the risk of and the severity of bushfire events. Australia needs to not only protect the vast intact native forest estate but restore degraded forests,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
The report by scientists David Lindenmayer, Robert Kooyman, Chris Taylor, Michelle Ward and James Watson found that ‘there is compelling evidence that Australia’s historical and contemporary logging regimes have made many Australian forests more fire prone and contributed to increased fire severity and flammability’.
The report also highlighted the mechanism by which logging incursions create conditions where ordinarily fire resistant rainforest and old growth forests are exposed to fire conditions that result in fires taking hold.
“This report should be a wake-up call for the Tasmanian government and governments across Australia. Business, as usual, will mean more wild areas lost, and more communities impacted by bushfire tragedy. We all have smoke detectors in our homes to alert us to fire risks. Well, these scientists are our community’s smoke detectors, and they are telling us that the native forest logging policies of successive governments are putting our communities and wild places at increased fire risk," said takayna/Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan.
“Logging is occurring across Tasmania in valuable intact native forests right now while we are living in a climate emergency. In the past two years Australia has witnessed consecutive tragic extended bushfire seasons, firstly the Tasmanian southern forests fires in early 2019 and the devastating fires in Qld, NSW, Victoria and SA over the past spring and summer. Keeping Australia’s forests intact is even more important. Time is up for continuing to destroy critical carbon storehouses and wildlife habitat.
We know that it is imperative to protect and restore the integrity of native forests. Tasmania’s government can proudly protect and restore some of the most carbon-dense forests on Earth, handing global biodiversity and climate bank to future generations,“ Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“We are writing to the Premier today to share with him this important report, we are calling on the Tasmanian Government to act with all haste to exit the outdated native forest logging industry. Ending native forest logging will make our communities safer”, said Mr Jordan.
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Five forest defenders involved in non-violent actions protesting the destruction of Tasmania’s native forests, including rainforests in takayna / Tarkine, faced Hobart Magistrates Court today. Three had their cases dealt with this morning, with two still to be heard this afternoon.
Charges related to protests at the Sustainable Timbers Tasmania office in Hobart, defending the ancient forests of takayna / Tarkine and Wentworth Hills from logging and protesting at the Ta Ann Smithton mill. Dr Lisa Searle received a $1000 fine, Atalaya Ferrari was fined $400 and Dr Colette Harmsen $1000.
"I am a veterinarian dedicated to protecting wildlife habitat in Tasmania. Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Ta Ann are driving wildlife habitat destruction in Tasmania. I want all native forest logging to cease immediately. Ongoing native forest logging continues despite decimating habitat for many species of endangered wildlife.
“Ongoing loss and degradation of fauna habitat, especially clearing of high-value conservation forest, is one of the most significant threats driving fauna extinctions in Australia. I am committed to protecting the animals in Tasmania's forests because their voices cannot be heard," said Dr Colette Harmsen.
"Bob Brown Foundation remains committed to continuing peaceful protests in defence of one of the greatest treasures Tasmania has, its native forests. takayna / Tarkine is a remarkable and ancient landscape that is being destroyed for rainforest furniture, the modern-day ivory, wasteful woodchips and cheap plywood produced by Borneo logging barons, Ta Ann. Today, these brave forest defenders had their time in court, representing the vast majority of Australians who want these places protected," said Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.
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Bob Brown Foundation will host a virtual event tomorrow night, Tuesday 5th May 7:30pm-8:30pm, to celebrate the anniversary of the groundbreaking Stop Adani Convoy. On May 5 last year thousands of people rallied on Parliament Lawns in Canberra after the Convoy arrived.
The virtual event will include the online release of the documentary CONVOY. The Foundation will host a live Q&A event online with Bob Brown, film director Matthew Newton, AdaniWatch investigator Geoff Law and Galilee Blockade organiser Ben Pennings.
CONVOY has screened across Australia at twenty sold-out venues. The film follows Bob Brown and the Stop Adani Convoy’s epic road trip from Tasmania to the Galilee Basin in Far North Queensland, a distance of over 3500 kilometres, to stop the development of the Carmichael coal mine.
"To celebrate the historic Stop Adani Convoy's first anniversary, we are proud to host a special virtual event which sees the online release of the film CONVOY and a live panel so people can dig deeper into the stories behind the epic journey and the ongoing campaign to stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine," said Jenny Weber.
"CONVOY is an intimate look at what it takes to undertake a major environmental act of defiance. It follows former Greens leader Bob Brown, and the many concerned Australians that join him, as he sets out on an epic road trip from Tasmania to the Galilee Basin in Far North Queensland, a journey of over 3500 kilometres, to stop the development of the Carmichael coalmine. People can now watch this film from the comfort of their lounge rooms, help us celebrate what was a truly remarkable event and learn how to get involved in the ongoing campaign to Stop Adani," said Ms Weber.
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A beekeeper in Tasmania’s north west revealed today that yet another native forest has been destroyed for controversial Malaysian logging company Ta Ann, at the expense of the employment, climate security, tourism and food production benefits these ancient forests provide.
“The story of the forests north of takayna / Tarkine’s Arthur River, in coupe ME008B, is another tragedy in Tasmania’s ongoing logging disaster,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
ME008B is an ancient eucalyptus forest with mixed rainforest species.
Found only in Tasmania, Leatherwood is a cool temperate rainforest tree that occurs in mossy forests in the wetter areas of Tasmania. These ancient trees grew when Tasmania was part of Gondwanaland, over 65 million years ago. The leatherwood tree takes over 70 years to grow to nectar-bearing maturity. The bees that feed off the leatherwoods in Tasmania’s native forests are essential pollinators for the island’s fruit, cereal and vegetable crops.
“Despite these unique and ancient values of the leatherwood tree, Tasmania’s logging industry is still felling these trees and leaving them on the forest floor in their smash and grab destruction of forests that are critical to our survival and the survival of many species,” Jenny Weber said.
“Tasmania’s government consistently claims to balance the interests of other industries with logging, and yet the most valuable industry always falls second to logging. It happens with tourism and beekeeping and entrenches Tasmania in a state of destruction rather than ensuring economic growth and environmental protection,” Jenny Weber said.
“The government and their logging agency have learnt nothing about the value of leatherwood to Tasmania. ‘Log some and leave some’ is not acceptable. All tracts of leatherwood forest and native forests should be left standing. Tasmania’s logging is needless and harmful to Tasmania in so many ways,” Jenny Weber said.
“We look forward to a day when the protection of all leatherwoods and the security of our island’s food pollination from the leatherwood bee-keeping industry is valued more than the money-losing logging industry”, Jenny Weber said.
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The Queensland Supreme Court ruling banning Wangan and Jagalingou defenders Adrian Burragubba and son Coedy from their ancestral lands now being destroyed by Indian mining giant Adani shames Australia in 2020, former Greens leader Bob Brown said today.
Brown, who led a convoy to near the mine site last year, described the ruling and the laws behind it as ‘reminiscent of the US deep South’. “This court triumph is not justifying a lynching, but it justifies Aboriginal eviction from their lands and lynching of their spirit.”
“Justice Boddice said Adani has responsibilities under workplace health and safety laws and disruption to the worksite would cause “unnecessary cost” and “significant ongoing expense” that could not be compensated by awarding damages later. He has advanced money over morals. This is a billionaire’s gift.
It is also a modern override of Aboriginal justice which carries on from the legacy of dispossession and death which has tarnished Australia’s image around the world," concluded Bob Brown.
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The shocking news of more human-induced death of the Great Barrier Reef demands national action, former Greens leader Bob Brown said today.
“What coronavirus is to us, burning forests and coal is to coral. Prime Minister Morrison should be implementing a national lockdown on native forest logging and new coal mines.
“Continuing burning forests and opening coal mines is to the Great Barrier Reef what leaving open our borders to all-comers would be to human health. It defies commonsense.
“The national government should have responded to the anguish expressed by Professor Terry Hughes last month at the sight of coral bleaching extending further south than ever before. Yet all Australia got from Canberra was Environment Minister Sussan Ley dismissing the mass death as ‘deeply concerning’.
“Imagine if Canberra’s sum reaction to the pandemic had been to express deep concern. The Great Barrier Reef, often described as the Earth’s largest living organism, is dying before our very eyes and the Morrison government is concentrating the poison. This is a culpable dereliction of government duty to this nation’s future,” Brown said.
Bob Brown Foundation is obstructing logging in Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforest and, last year, organised a Stop Adani Convoy to central Queensland.
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More than 2000 people joined a virtual rally online today, calling for secure protection of Tasmania’s native forests. Today is the day when 356,000 hectares of forests that should be in reserves became available for logging in Tasmania.
“Forests covering 356,000 hectares that have been in a moratorium from logging since 2012 include 100,000 hectares in takayna / Tarkine and important forest areas in Break O'Day, around Ben Lomond, Douglas-Aspley and Tasman Peninsula National Parks, as well as at Wielangta and on Bruny Island. They were promised protection during the Tasmanian Forest Agreement after being independently verified as high conservation value. The native forest logging industry received upfront taxpayers’ cash when the Australian public paid for a whopping $420 million exit package so that these public forests could be protected. The forests did not receive upfront protection, and now Tasmania’s Liberal government is committed to handing them back to the loggers,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
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The Bob Brown Foundation is demanding a halt to logging in the Florentine Valley under Mt Field.
‘This 31 hectares coup is on karst country with sinkholes and logging there is illegal under Forest Practices Code guidelines. This is magnificent Eucalyptus obliqua forest. Many trees have diameters of more than 4 metres and from 14 metres to 18 metres circumference. Protected, it would be a top tourism drawcard next to the Florentine Road. This forest contains rare and endangered species and, inevitably, glow worms and other cave biota,’ Bob Brown said today.
‘The minister has authorised 1,000 tree ferns to be ripped out of the coup: this beautiful forest is being obliterated for no good reason,’ Brown said.
‘I call on the Minister for Forests to make public his information on this karst country logging and how on Earth he decided it fits with the Forest Practices Code relating to karst protection. Because it doesn’t. Minister Barnett should produce the archaeological, geomorphological and zoological studies carried out in this fragile tall forest before logging began, if there are any,’ Brown said.
The logging coup, northwest of Maydena, abutts Lady Binney Forest Reserve which, in turn, borders the Mt Field National Park and World Heritage area
The Gutwein government’s forest authority, Sustainable Timbers Tasmania, is firebombing logged forests to complete their utter destruction for a closing-down export industry the Bob Brown Foundation said today. The aim of the logging and aerial firebombing with napalm is to destroy any vestige of the natural forest and its wildlife habitat, to facilitate the fast-growing replacement crops for export.
“Perversely, the Gutwein government has removed everyone from national parks including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area but urged the forest destroyers to carry on business-as-usual right next door. These are publicly-owned forests. The burning of nesting sites of the critically endangered Swift Parrot at DN007C is an abominable act,” the Foundation’s Jenny Weber said tonight.
The Tree Project’s Steven Pearce was climbing in forests within 1km of this coupe in late 2019 and had 8 swift parrots foraging in the same tree. During the logging, citizens staged a peaceful walk-in protest and documented these alarming old growth stumps from ancient eucalyptus trees. The timber from these forests was supplied to the controversial Malaysian logging giant, Ta Ann, which has now closed and put off its 36 workers due to collapsing markets.
Sus. Timbers Tasmania does advise people with respiratory problems affected by their smoke to take precautions or get help.
“Our Foundation launched an online email campaign yesterday for citizens to urge governments to call off these burns. In Tasmania and Victoria, Australia the governments are currently incinerating large quantities of logging waste and putting further stress on people during a global respiratory pandemic. We are urging both Governments to transfer the funds from post-logging firebombs to ventilators and stop wasting public money on this destruction,” Jenny Weber said.
“These burns are not essential services, they should be stopped for ecological, climate and economic reasons,” Jenny Weber said.