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Who speaks for the Trees?

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The call to save our trees before it is too late is being made by the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) who have launched the #WhoSpeaks4TheTrees campaign starring screen legend Jack Thompson.

‘His message is straightforward: It’s hard to believe our precious native forests are still being destroyed. They are home to wildlife unique in the world. They produce oxygen, they store carbon, they produce water and they bring the rain. We need to protect our forests for a safer climate,’ said NEFA spokesperson Susie Russell.

‘Jack is one of many people who want to do what they can to stand up for our planet and stand up for our forests.

‘“Who speaks for the Trees?” he asks, “I do, and you can too.”

Placard showing to Dr Seuss’s The Lorax, at the People’s Climate March 2017 in Washington DC. Photo Dcpeopleandeventsof2017.

They’ll take it all

‘We got the idea for the series after re-reading Dr Seuss’ The Lorax. If we leave things to the people making money and operating the machines there will be no forests left. They’ll take whatever they can get. They’ll take it all.

‘We are seeing that in the state forests of our region where the big trees are mostly gone, and they are now coming after the small ones to burn for electricity, while land-clearing is rampant. And it’s happening around the state, around the country and around the world.

‘Forests are disappearing at an alarming rate at the very time we need to protect what’s left to save us from the worst effects of climate change,’ Ms Russell said.

‘Jack finishes by encouraging people to follow his example of speaking up for the trees, “It’s time to stand up for the forests, NOW”.’

NEFA will be running several film clips starring Jack Thompson to highlight the danger that we are all if we choose to take no action on logging and climate change.


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