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Tuesday, 11 December 2007
East Gippsland forest blockade of loggers contributing to dangerous climate change
Mood:  energetic
Topic: globalWarming
 
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Picture: file picture taken from this website 
Media Release
11 December 2007

 


Climate Change Forest Blockade Remains

 


 A forest blockade in East Gippsland enters its second day this morning after police and government officers failed to remove protesters from logging equipment.  Thirty protesters are continuing to stop old growth logging, in the face of reports that deforestation is responsible for twenty percent of global greenhouse emissions.
 “If the Australian government is serious about addressing the threat of climate change, then old growth logging must stop immediately,” said spokesperson for the environmentalists, Mark Tylor.
 The logging coupe is north of Cann River, near the Errinundra National Park, and contains rainforest and habitat for the endangered Sooty Owl, which has reportedly been heard calling at night.
 
“The Federal government was elected on the issue of climate change, yet are failing to act to protect old growth forest, which is an important carbon sink and vital for the future of the planet,” continued Mark Tylor. 
 
The group of environmentalists have been in the logging coupe over the weekend, preventing logging from continuing.  Two people are locked to logging machinery and a person remains up a 30 metre high tree platform.  Search and Rescue police are expected to attend the site today to remove the forest blockade.
 
The protest follows forest blockades last week where logging was stopped in three logging coupes.
 
For comment
Mark Tylor (at the forest blockade)
Mobile: 0428125602
Trunk Phone: 03 5133 7077  wait for dialtone then call 838 4620.
 
For information
0351540174

Posted by editor at 9:49 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 December 2007 9:58 AM EADT

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