Concerned south west citizens held up a Jarrah log truck in Bridgetown in WA's South West to highlight the continual destruction of native forests. Six people were arrested and media devices were confiscated by Police. See Video
Industrial scale logging and burning of native forests is a major contributor to carbon emissions in Australia. "By keeping the carbon in the forest and protecting native forests is one of the easiest and simplest solutions to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions," said spokesperson Brett Thompson. "Native forests are the lungs of the planet they store vast quantities of carbon. By protecting native forests Australia can significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and halt the devastating affects of climate change..."
Bridgetown local resident Saffire Grant says we need to take action on a local level. "Native forest logging in our own backyard needs to be stopped now if our community is to actively help provide solutions to climate change. We call on Federal and State Labor parties to protect native forests as an active strategy to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and become a world leader in the struggle against climate change."
Postscript #1 23rd Dec 2007
Meanwhile Harriet Swift of ChipStop based in South East NSW writes:
Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2007 6:24 PM Subject: [chipstop] chipmill vigil on YouTube
We went to the chipmill the other day for a truck count - but couldn't stay the whole day for a complicated set of reasons.
However, it was clear it was a very quiet day. Extrapolating from past count data, the daily equivalent of trucks was only about 125 (normally about 160).
Gossip around Eden at the moment is that SEFE is having trouble getting "enough" wood. They have tried getting logs from Tumut (Tumbarumba), but it is just too far away (lucky for Tumut), although they are getting a lot of sawlogs (higher value and therefore more worthwhile) from Tumut (thanks to Terry's research).
We made a small YouTube clip to illustrate the trucks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vJuZya1X00