A campaign idea started by the Huon Valley Environment Centre is dropping into email inboxes all over the north coast this week.
The online campaign intends to draw attention to the logging of native forests for energy and fuel production. And it aims to get supporters from across the globe.
The group’s website, biomassacre.com, says that ‘the logging, woodchipping and energy industries are poised to unleash plans to use native forests to produce electricity, and to convert forests into liquid bio-fuels’.
‘Using native forests as biomass to generate bioenergy and bio-fuels is just a new industrial use of native forests. It will replace or supplement the export woodchip trade. It’s imperative that governments and energy companies – current and future – don’t support bioenergy from native forests.’
The campaign aims to provoke ‘a decision from energy and liquid fuel retailers to reject selling forest destruction will have far reaching impacts for our forests,’ says campaign co-ordinator Jenny Weber.
She adds that it provides ‘an opportunity to build and connect a global network of active people who are standing up to say no to bio-energy sources that harm forests and wildlife, the climate and people.
Next Monday has been named the International Day of Action Against Native Forest Bio-energy. And while that may seem like a mouthful, the ‘action’ that the campaign wants you to take doesn’t involve bussing to the nearest city and standing outside parliament with placards. It’s actually much simpler – and much more pleasant – than that.
Instead, the campaign invites you to spend a day this weekend at one of your local national parks or nature reserves. There is a catch: you do need to take a placard and a camera.
The campaign has even gone as far as to design a poster that you can print out on your home printer and fill in with your local details. The poster reads: ‘[Insert your town or region here] say no to a biomassacre, don’t trash our forests for bio-energy’ or ‘don’t trash forests for bio-energy, it harms wildlife, climate and people’.
The very energetic and dedicated might like to take things a step further and paint a banner to appear with in their local areas.
So you spend Sunday (or the campaign suggests Monday) having a picnic in the park, line up with your friends for a photo together with your placards and banners, but instead of just uploading the pictures to Facebook (or in fact as well as) you email them to the campaign.
If even that is too much work you can get together with your work colleagues during morning tea on Monday, print out a few placards and take some photos to show your support.
Email a high resolution photo to [email protected] Make sure you put the name of your location (city and country) in the email or in the title of the photo and the name of the photographer if they would like to be credited.
‘Global action HQ’ would like to receive all of your amazing images/footage by midday, so they can collate them and get them out as far and wide as possible.
Just so they know how much work they are up for, you are asked to contact Ms Weber ahead of time at [email protected] to register your interest in participating.