Target: Danny Chiu, Operations Manager of Karridale Limited
Goal: Stop the proposed logging of a biologically unique island
Woodlark Island near Papua New Guinea is a biologically diverse area with over 40 endemic species found nowhere else on earth, but a logging company is seeking to destroy up to 50 percent of the island’s forests. The island is home to at least one endangered species, and conservationists say that Woodlark has not been fully surveyed and may contain even more species unknown to science. Woodlark Island is also home to about 6,000 indigenous people, many of whom allegedly have not been informed about the proposed logging.
Such a biologically diverse location needs to be protected. With such a high number of unique species, any habitat destruction could be dire for the ecosystem. The island has not been fully studied by conservationists and it’s unknown what wide-scale logging could do to the island—it’s entirely possible that any commercial logging, even significantly less than the possible 50 percent, could have catastrophic affects on the island’s biodiversity. Further, with the island’s indigenous population reportedly not being informed of the proposed logging, the land that has belonged to these groups for so long is being taken away from them in the name of profit for an outside group.
Don’t let this island be destroyed in the name of corporate greed. Woodlark Island is home to at least 40 endemic species and about 6,000 indigenous people. Any commercial logging could have disastrous effects on the island’s wildlife and people, and more studying of the area’s biodiversity needs to be done before such a large project is undertaken. Urge the logging company to move its operations elsewhere to protect the people and biodiversity of this unique island by signing the petition below.
Dear Mr. Chiu,
Woodlark Island is a unique place. With over 40 species that only exist on the island and a population of around 6,000 indigenous people, this is an area that needs protection. Reports that Karridale Limited wants to remove up to half of the island’s forests are troubling. With a lack of studies done on the island’s wildlife, it’s unknown what effect commercial logging might have on the ecosystem. Reports also indicate that the majority of people of the island have not been properly informed of the proposed logging operation and may not know that their home is about to be exploited for profit.
To a logging company, Woodlark Island may look like a perfect opportunity. To those who live there, including the plants, animals, and indigenous people, it’s home. Removing 50 percent of the island’s forests will endanger already small populations of animals and threaten the lives and well being of human communities.
Logging always has effects on local ecosystems, but the risks of logging Woodlark Island are too great. Any disruption to the habitats of these animals could lead to extinction. Please put profits aside and consider the lives of the people and wildlife of Woodlark Island. Don’t exploit this pristine place for monetary gain—lead other companies by example by working to support sustainable, non-exploitative practices.
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