World Heritage forests in the Weld Valley threatened with logging. Photo: Bill Hatcher
World Heritage Forests in Danger
How you can help save Tasmania’s World Heritage forests from going back on the chopping block
The Senate has agreed to an inquiry, initiated by Senator Christine Milne, into the proposed de-listing of forests recently added to the Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. The Abbott Government is applying to the World Heritage Committee to remove 74,000ha and make them available for logging.
Forests that are at risk of delisting are Cockle Creek, Recherche, Hastings, Esperance, Hartz, Picton, Weld, Russell, Wedge, Upper and Lower Florentine and the Upper Derwent Valley, including Butlers Gorge and Clarence Lagoon.
We urgently need people to make submissions to this inquiry and register their opposition to this unprecedented move to delist and destroy part of a World Heritage Area.
Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org (as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word document) by Friday 7 March.
Include your full contact details on your submission including name, postal address and phone number.
There will be a full day public hearing in Hobart on Monday 31 March. If you would like to give evidence in person then remember to write that in your submission.
The committee will deliver its report on 15 May 2014.
Jessie in Tasmania's Tarkine
A fantastic young advocate for the environment
Jessie explains about her upcoming expedition to Antarctica.
I have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent Tasmania in an international expedition to Antarctica in March this year. The expedition is an Antarctic Youth Ambassador Program (AYAP) and is an initiative by Robert Swan, the first person in history to walk to both North and South poles.
AYAP has a small, carefully selected team from all over the world to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and gain firsthand knowledge of the fragile ecosystem of this last great wilderness on earth. Their mission is to create awareness of the Antarctic and to build AYAP participants into leaders that will take action within their communities through promotion of sustainability, recycling, renewable energy and education. The expedition is a structured and highly intensive program, to facilitate young people reach their full potential, follow their dreams and become leaders in saving the planet.
I am currently a dedicated volunteer with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, coordinating the Tasmanian branch. I feel it is part of my responsibility as an informed, passionate and young Tasmanian to speak up for the protection of Antarctica and Tasmania’s bond to it. By having the opportunity to take part in this program I will be able to further my work in conservation, education and climate awareness. It will provide me with a higher level of skills and knowledge that I will be able to apply to my community and Tasmanian schools.
Upon return from the expedition I plan to pursue projects in public education. I am fortunate to work in the Tarkine as a wilderness guide and this is just one of the areas I am passionate about protecting.
The Bob Brown Foundation has donated $250 to help Jessie reach Antarctica. You can make a donation to support Jessie here.
Vote for the Tarkine - TV AdAuthor: Bob Brown Foundation This TV ad was made by the Bob Brown Foundation. It will be broadcast during the last 10 days of the election campaign during the World News on SBS One every evening. | Time: 0.33 min
Vote for the Tarkine - TV Ad
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