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The time for climate action has come – today protect Styx Valley

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Forests are worth more standing as carbon sinks than woodchips. Tasmanian Forest Defenders have halted logging in Styx Valley, Tasmania. Photo supplied

The Australian government has headed to the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP 26) saying that they will keep digging up coal and keep logging our forests. This is despite the urgent need to stop these actions to turn around the devastating consequences of climate change that are acknowledged world-wide.

Tasmanian Forest Defenders are calling for ‘an end to native forest logging’ highlighting that forests play a vital role in the future of managing global warming and providing essential carbon sinks.

Direct Action

The Bob Brown Foundation has returned to Tasmania’s native forests frontline with a commitment to defend critical carbon-storehouses while the government contributes to the global climate and extinction crises by continuing to relentlessly log native forests.

‘Police have arrived at a protest as Tasmanian Forest Defenders halt logging in a Styx Valley ancient Regnans forest as part of a National Forest Week of Action calling for an end to native forest logging,’ said a spokesperson for Tasmanian Forest Defenders.

Billie Raffety, a 19 year old musician and student from Hobart, has locked down one of the logging machines. Photo supplied

Billie Raffety, a 19 year old musician and student from Hobart, has locked down one of the logging machines.

‘I was lucky enough to grow up in nature, to breathe clean air and feel safe in my own home. I am now learning that the air I breathe is becoming dirty, and my home is no longer safe,’ said Ms Raffety.

‘Saving forests is climate action and now is the time to end all native forest logging across Australia. Forests are worth more standing, but this ancient forest is due for a cable logger to arrive and demolish the ancient carbon sink. Premier Gutwein and Prime Minister Morrison are removing critical tools to mitigating the looming climate emergency – our native forests,’ said Jenny Weber,  campaign manager for the Bob Brown Foundation.

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‘The Morrison Government’s failure to take real and necessary climate action dangerously misses the climate test of taking action in this critical decade we are in now. We will not sit silent while these last remaining life rafts of humanity are being wiped off the face of the planet increasing emissions and removing their critical benefits to climate and wildlife, Ms Weber said.

‘The tallest flowering plants in the world have suffered under a constant battle to survive against the Tasmanian logging industry’s chainsaws. There are today 264 hectares of native forest in proposed and imminently threatened Forestry Tasmania logging areas just in the Styx catchment area.

‘Protecting and restoring Australia’s native forests, while keeping fossil fuels in the ground is urgently necessary to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown.’

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