GEMMA TILLACK

On Thursday night (2nd July), The Wilderness Society is hosting a screening of the feature-length documentary The Burning Season to initiate discussion about the urgent need to protect the world’s forests to help halt climate change.
The Burning Season was created to present potential solutions to the problems of habitat loss, pollution and climate change in the forests of Indonesia, through the innovative work of a young Australian entrepreneur, Dorjee Sun.

“Climate change is the most serious environmental problem facing humanity,” said Gemma Tillack, Climate Change and Forests Campaigner for The Wilderness Society.

“The good news is that by protecting the world’s forests we can help global efforts to make deep early cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, a major cause of climate change,” Ms Tillack said.

“There is a shared understanding that the next climate deal must ensure the reduction of global emissions from clearing and logging forests. In order for our efforts to halt climate change to work, we need to start by assisting developing countries to protect their intact primary forests. .

The Wilderness Society is encouraging people to come to the screening of The Burning Season so they are aware of what initiatives could be part of global plans to combat climate change.

“It is vital that people are informed so they can contribute to discussions and decisions made for the next global climate deal that should be signed in December at negotiations in Copenhagen,” concluded Ms Tillack.

Ms Tillack recently returned from the UN climate negotiations for the post-Kyoto climate deal in Bonn, Germany and will give an update on the progress of the UN Climate Change negotiations and the current discussions about the role of forests in reducing the impacts of climate change.

Movie screening details:

When: 6.15pm, Thursday 2 July
Where: State Cinema, North Hobart
Cost: $15 (proceeds to the Wilderness Society Tasmania)

About the film: The film has already gaining significant acclaim nationally and overseas, The Burning Season is narrated by Hugh Jackman. It won Best Documentary at the Inside Film (IF) Awards, and the Audience Choice Award at the Brisbane International Film Festival. It was part of the official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. http://www.theburningseasonmovie.com/

Please Note:

This is not the first screening of The Burning Season in Tasmania. The Bookend Trust hosted the National premiere of The Burning Season in Hobart earlier this month, with special guests including the film’s focus Dorjee Sun, director Cathy Henkel and wildlife advocate Terri Irwin.

The contents of The Burning Season film do not necessarily reflect the policy positions of The Wilderness Society.

Vica Bayley

Tasmanian Campaign Director

The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc

130 Davey St, Hobart TAS 7000

Website: www.wilderness.org.au