Target: Jim Wilkinson, President of the Tasmanian Legislative Council
Goal: Put politics aside to preserve the dwindling forests of Tasmania
The forests in Tasmania were supposed to be saved by an agreement between conservation and logging groups last year, however, preservation efforts have been stalled and government officials are non-compliant. The fight to save forests in Tasmania has been going on for decades, but environmental groups briefly believed that the conflict was over. New federal and state coalition governments have risen to power and threatened to destroy the peaceful agreements that loggers and activists consented on.
Tasmania’s dwindling forests are a defining regional environmental issue because the fight has been so prolonged and the politics so complicated. Some previously-designated conservation reserves are once again being made available for logging. Some of these areas include forest areas of pristine growth. The new government wants to expand the industries for saw milling, laminated timbers, and wooden boat building. With a moratorium of six years, the Tasmanian government plans to remove 400,000 hectares of conservation land and give it back to the logging industry.
Sign the below petition to urge Tasmanian government officials to reconsider their decision to remove pristine forest land from protected reserves to boost profits for the logging industry. The forest wars in Tasmania have gone on for far too long. We must fight delays and political motivations to save precious forest lands and habitats before it’s too late.
Dear President Wilkinson,
Even though environmental groups and logging businesses came to an agreement to preserve forest lands in Tasmania last year, protected reserves are still at risk. New federal and state coalition governments cannot be allowed to tear up the agreement that these groups reached at the expense of your country’s natural lands.
I am urging you to stand up for the forests of Tasmania and the species that call this region home. Tasmanian timber is big business, but it cannot be allowed to expand at the expense of environmental preservation. Federal government plans to stop logging in World Heritage sites and old growth forests must be stopped once and for all.
I understand the desire to boost your country’s economy with viable market commodities. Please work with local environmental groups to devise a plan to sustain your country’s economy without destroying the environment in the process. Thank you for doing your part to keep Tasmania one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
[Your Name Here]
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