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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Experienced greens warn on forest greenwash

Environmentalists and former Greens leaders Christine Milne and Bob Brown warn that labelling timber products from logging Australia’s dwindling native forests as ‘environmentally friendly’ is greenwash and will not fool the modern Australian buyer, especially now when the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated emphatically that protecting and restoring the world’s forests is essential to constraining global warming.

There are simple tests for any new environmental labelling and certification involving, for example, Tasmanian, Victorian and NSW forest instrumentalities:

• Will logging of Swift Parrot and Leadbeater’s Possum habitat cease? Both species are listed locally and internationally as critically endangered with extinction.
• Are koala and Tasmanian Devil habitats guaranteed throughout their remaining range?
• Will the 30,000 hectares of forest cited by experts as needing to be protected to sustain the world’s biggest freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi, in Tasmania, now become national park?
• In short, for example, will the Tasmania’s Tarkine, Victoria’s proposed Great Forest National Park and East Gippsland native forests, as well as remaining NSW koala habitat, be, at last, protected as national parks?

The short answer to environmental progress is that future logging in Australia should be confined to the nation’s two million hectares of plantations which hold more timber than necessary to meet all the nation’s future needs.

Jenny Weber is Campaigns Director of the Bob Brown Foundation

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Claire Gilmour

    November 14, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I just can’t understand WHY the Greens keep pushing plantations! Any sort of industrial scale growth of a monoculture is always going to impinge further on the planet as the population grows. In my opinion the Greens should be …

    1. Stopping destruction of wilderness areas.
    2. Stopping the growth of monocultures. STOP supporting them!
    3. Pushing for a transition of monocultures back to natural native species.
    4. Having some balls in talking about population growth!

    There is a rang tang in your bedroom … and it’s shouting out to YOU!

    https://www.facebook.com/abbeywellvets/videos/340136446544742/

  2. Simon Warriner

    November 13, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Given the “Tarkine” is a small part of the range of the world’s biggest freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi, I gently suggest our two Greens are over-egging that omelette just a tad.

    Native forest logging is far more sustainable than monoculture plantations which are not going to deliver sawn timber in anything but a boom/bust manner given the time span over which they were planted. The problem is the scale at which it is sustainable when it is smaller than the appetite of the greedy for its products.

  3. Mjf

    November 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm

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  4. Chris

    November 13, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Who needs certifying, and is he sustainable ?

  5. spikey

    November 12, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    worlds best practice
    labelling
    certifiable

    it’s DFO mouthpieces
    for once
    speaking forked tongue in cheek sense

  6. MjF

    November 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Lol. The modern Australian buyer won’t be fooled by labeling. Says it all about certification, doesn’t it ?

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