Historical day as environmentalist's year in a tree gains unprecedented support

Miranda Gibson will mark her one year in a tree today with international
events and a (never before done) live stream event from the tree tops.

Miranda has been vindicated in her decision to remain as a forest protector
and beacon of hope, as logging continues in high conservation value forests
in Tasmania.

Miranda Gibson said, “I have been inspired by the huge amount of global
support that I have received over this past year, and particularly today,
as thousands of people prepare to take part in the global cyber event. The
international community are calling for the protection of these globally
significant forests.”

Miranda Gibson said, “Today marks one year since I climbed to the top of
this tree and vowed to stay until the forest is protected. For the sake of
the forests I wish I had not reached this milestone.

These forests needed protection a long time ago. Yet they still remain
under threat from industrial scale logging.”

Miranda Gibson said, “Despite the signing of the recent forest agreement,
there is still no certainty for the future of these forests. And I am
committed to staying in this tree to watch over them until these verified
national and world heritage value ecosystems are provided secure
protection.”

Miranda Gibson, who has provided a unique and historical first for
Australia’s forests, reflected on her year in a tree stating, “After an
entire year in this tree I have come to know this forest in a unique way.
It has been an incredible to wake up at the top of this tree every day and
look out across this forest, to see it change through all four seasons. I
have witnessed the birds and wildlife that rely on these trees for their
survival.”

On December 14th 2012 Australian environmentalist Miranda Gibson will mark
one year since stepping foot on the ground. The 31 year old high school
teacher has been living on a small platform suspended at the top of the
tree. Miranda's action, known as the Observer Tree, has gained
international attention. Using solar power Gibson has connected with people
around the globe, through her blog www.observertree.org.

A live video feed will broadcast Miranda to the world, with participants
able to send in comments and questions. Events will be held in towns around
the globe including Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne, Katoomba, Alice Springs,
Tokyo. The event will also include guest speakers including Bob Brown,
Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and international
speakers, Julia Butterfly Hill, Derrick Jensen and campaigners from the
Unist'ot'en Camp

High resolution images and vision available of Ms Gibson and the Observer
Tree.

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