Leonardo DiCaprio makes pre-election call to save Tassie forests

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In the last week of the Tasmanian election campaign, Leonardo DiCaprio has made a plea to end the logging of Tasmania’s giant forests and wildlife habitat.

Just as Tasmanian pakana elder Jim Everett joined a protest against logging in the Styx Valley of the Giants forest, DiCaprio’s statement reads:

“Our planet’s last remaining ‘giants’ are in danger. The native forests of Tasmania are one of the only places on Earth where trees naturally tower over 280 feet tall. These giants have been logged for decades, resulting in many forest species, including the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot, being pushed to the brink of extinction. For the past 20 years, the logging industry in Tasmania has relied heavily on taxpayer-funded subsidies to remain profitable. The Tasmanian government, for the first time since 2011, has announced an increase in the amount of native forest available for logging, despite 75% of Australians calling for an end to native forest logging altogether. Mainland Australia and Tasmania have one of the worst wildlife extinction rates in the world, partly driven by habitat destruction. My organization, @rewild, and their partners continue to encourage the Australian government to uphold their zero extinction commitment in part by ending native forest logging across mainland Australia and Tasmania. Learn more by visiting the link in bio.”

“This is a call from Leonardo DiCaprio’s heart for an end to the flattening and firebombing of these ancient forests and their wildlife, including the critically-endangered Swift Parrots. The Rockliff government’s announcement of expanding logging into 40,000 hectares of previously protected forest has not only riled the logging industry itself but is drawing this global condemnation. Rockliff is dragging Tasmania’s reputation for natural splendour through the mud and that will impact our worldwide attractiveness,” Bob Brown said.

Bob Brown is today in the Hobart Magistrates Court, with Kristy Alger and Karen Weldrick, facing the charge of trespass for being in a Swift Parrot nesting forest that was being logged. Potential penalties, if found guilty, include 18 months in jail.

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