Dr Phill Pullinger MR Greenhouse study could provide forest breakthrough

“The Premier’s move to request Professor Garnaut to provide some more work on the greenhouse implications of logging and landclearing is a positive one, and could provide a critical breakthrough in the need to protect Tasmania’s extraordinary native forests,” he continued, “Logging and landclearing is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Tasmania, and native forest logging in Tasmania every year puts the equivalent greenhouse emissions of having an extra 4.6 million cars on the road.”

ENVIRONMENT TASMANIA, an umbrella body which represents more than 20 environment groups across the state, has cautiously welcomed the Tasmanian Premier’s move ( Greenhouse chief expected back in Tasmania )to request Professor Ross Garnaut complete a section on the impact of logging on greenhouse gas emissions, in his climate report to be released in September. Environment Tasmania had requested the Tasmanian government complete an audit of the greenhouse emissions from logging in its recent Tasmanian government budget submission.

“We know, from extensive scientific work completed at a local, national and global level – that curbing logging in native forests, is one of the cheapest, quickest and most effective ways to immediately cut greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dr Phill Pullinger, Environment Tasmania’s Chairperson,

“The Premier’s move to request Professor Garnaut to provide some more work on the greenhouse implications of logging and landclearing is a positive one, and could provide a critical breakthrough in the need to protect Tasmania’s extraordinary native forests,” he continued, “Logging and landclearing is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Tasmania, and native forest logging in Tasmania every year puts the equivalent greenhouse emissions of having an extra 4.6 million cars on the road.”

“Protecting our native forests and ending landclearing is going to be one of the key steps that we will need to take in Tasmania if we are to play our part in tackling climate change, and we look forward to more information being brought into the public domain through Professor Garnaut’s work,” Dr Pullinger concluded.

Environment Tasmania is Tasmania’s conservation council, a peak body representing more than 20 Tasmanian environment groups with collective membership of over 5000 Tasmanians.

Dr Phill Pullinger
Chairperson
Environment Tasmania,
Tasmania’s Conservation Council

Address: PO BOX 1073 Hobart, Tas 7001
Email: phillpullinger@keypoint.com.au