#Fridays4Forests started as a way for people to engage in some citizen science and forest protection. Now the movement has expanded to Sydney with a community action outside Parliament House Sydney on the Gadigal land of the Eora nation.
For the last two years North East Forest Alliance’s (NEFA) Forest Campaigner Sean O’Shannessy has been coordinating #Fridays4Forests. It brings together groups of interested citizens at 10am on Fridays to explore their local forest, document its values and bear witness to what is taking place there.
Mr O’Shannessy said he ‘is inviting the people of Sydney to join the #Fridays4Forests movement and to stand up for our koalas and their native forests. For the past two years Fridays4Forests events have sprung up to protect the forests of the Mid-North and Far-North Coasts of NSW. Now this movement is spreading into our state’s capital.’
‘The NSW government has put our koalas at risk of imminent extinction. We are living in a climate crisis and we are seeing more extremes every day causing destruction to our way of life. Our forests are the lungs of our earth. They hold the ground together in a flood, and cool the ground in a heat wave,’ he explained.
‘The NSW state election is in nine months. Now is the time for a government that puts our planet before profit. #Fridays4Forests is an opportunity for NSW people to demonstrate that they will vote for our forests and against any party that fails to protect our koalas forests, our water catchments, and our climate.’