Tasmania: Peaceful actions and events this summer will highlight need for forest protection.

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Fearless Summer Tasmanian spokespeople Miranda Gibson and Jenny Weber are today speaking out in support of peaceful community actions and events planned for the summer.

Miranda Gibson and Jenny Weber have condemned the comments made today by the Liberal Party.

“Fearless Summer is a positive effort by forest groups around the country, co-ordinating campaigns across New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania. We are calling for an end to industrial scale logging of Australia's native forests and seek to hold companies like Ta Ann and Nippon to account for their role in forest destruction," Miranda Gibson said.

Miranda Gibson stated, "Peaceful demonstrations to highlight the ongoing loss of native forests due to industrial scale destruction, will be a core part of the summer effort.”

"We are holding a skillshare in East Gippsland next week and one in Tasmania in January. Our organisations have a long history of holding skillshare events, providing peaceful and professional training for people who advocate for forest protection. Such events support the community to take safe and effective actions in expressing their concerns and highlighting the destruction of native forests," Miranda Gibson claimed.

"The comments by Liberal candidate Joan Rylah are inciting hatred towards people in the community who are advocating for environmental protection, ethical business practices and action on climate change. A candidate who is hate-mongering is not an ideal representative for State Parliament," Jenny Weber stated.

Jenny Weber stated, "Ongoing logging in the north west and other regions of Tasmania for the controversial Malaysian timber cartel Ta Ann require close scrutiny. Ta Ann are an unethical company and the largest company in Tasmania responsible for destruction of native forests, yet they receive controversial economic support from the Australian and Tasmanian governments”

"A community of concerned citizens across Australia will raise awareness through Fearless Summer that protecting native forests is fundamental to mitigating dangerous climate change. It is the practices of logging in Tasmania, damaging our environment, wildlife and tarnishing our brand, that directly threatens our future and the future of generations to come," Jenny Weber said.

Miranda Gibson stated, "Through skill shares, grassroots action and market campaigns Fearless Summer will broadcast a strong message calling for forest protection and a transition out of industrial scale destruction of these ecosystems. Our intention is to remind people that the air we breathe, the stability of our climate, and a rich variety of life depends on intact native forests”

For comment:
Miranda Gibson 0414 535 164
Jenny Weber: 0427 366 929

Still Wild Still Threatened is a grassroots community organisation campaigning for the immediate protection of Tasmania's native forests and the creation of an equitable and environmentally sustainable forestry industry in Tasmania.

www.stillwildstillthreatened.org
stillwildstillthreatened@gmail.com

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