Following on from my recent articles in regards to the current danger facing the Great Barrier Reef I would like to take a little step further South, all the way to Tasmania if you will join me. Here too our government is trying to have the World Heritage Listing for the Tasmanian Old Growth Forests revoked to allow logging and fire bombing in the same manner that they are trying to do to allow dredging and dumping in the reef.
I suppose the Reef has held my attention simply because it is where I live, it is right beside me every day and while I have been working on other articles and with other groups regarding logging, wood chipping and Fracking I have devoted the majority of my ire against the powers that be in terms of danger to the Reef which I can now see is a little shortsighted as we are dealing with an issue of environmental ethics and protection for all not just the parts that I know and love.
I hadn’t realized how far things had gone but the issue in Tasmania is reaching a breaking point and I feel that it would be wrong not to try and bring some attention to the issue. The lie regarding increased jobs from logging, so commonly trotted out by government officials, is no longer able to be sustained as Eco-Tourism is Tasmania’s main source of income and employment and with increasing lack of public support for the initiative you would think that the federal government and their conservative state counterparts would walk away from the issue but NO they are pushing just as hard here as they are in regards to the Reef.
The Bob Brown Foundation has a site which is well worth visiting and Mr Brown has narrated the clip that I have placed in this post. As an ex-politician and environmental activist he played a huge role in having the areas now under threat awarded World Heritage status in the first place and is now deeply concerned about the future for Tasmania. We are a very diverse country, landscape wise, as those of you who have been following some of my post will see. There is a vast difference between Tasmania and Queensland yet each is unique and quite beautiful and it would be a crime to lose what wonders of nature exist here.
I hope you enjoy the clip as well as listen to the message. If you feel inspired pass it on or go look at some of the sites about these forests.