Saturday was a big day for forest action on the sunny streets of Meanjin/Brisbane, as forest lovers from right around the country rallied outside the Australian Labor Party’s National Conference.
The call from the people was loud and clear: it’s time to ban native forest logging in Australia.
Our Roaring Journals crew were there, cameras and microphones in hand, marching alongside national treasure Dr Bob Brown and livestreaming all the action with our excellent host, Victorian forest campaigner Sarah Rees. If you missed out on the weekend, you can watch a replay of the live stream here.
This is a critical moment for native forests. The ALP failed to pass a motion to protect our native forests last week, despite recent polling that showed the vast majority of Australians support of an end to native forest logging in New South Wales and Tasmania, and more than 300 ALP branches reportedly in favour of a motion to end native forest logging nationwide.
“This week, when Prime Minister Albanese’s ALP failed to ban native forest logging, they sentenced koalas, greater gliders, swift parrots and countless rare and endangered species to death as their forest homes continue to be destroyed,” said Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager, Jenny Weber. “The government’s push for ‘environment and carbon markets’ is not a climate or conservation solution. Australia must protect native forests for climate and nature, but not as a lifeline for keeping on burning fossil fuels. We are on the move to urge Prime Minister Albanese and his government to end the logging and protect native forests.”
You can sign the Bob Brown Foundation’s Native Forest Declaration here.