Target: Jan Szyszko, Polish Minister of Environment
Goal: Don’t allow logging in Europe’s last primeval forest.
Poland’s new far-right government hopes to bring logging to one of Europe’s oldest virgin forests, the 7,000 year old primeval woodland known as the Bialowieza Forest. Citing the invasive bark beetle as the primary reason for the proposed cuttings, yet suspiciously publishing a logging inventory that includes several other species, government officials have failed to quell the public outrage rising in opposition to this decision. Ecologists and conservationists have spoken out against the government’s actions, stating that any human intervention in the forest will destroy its primeval quality.
Poland’s new Minister of Environment, Jan Szyzko, made the outrageous claim that the forest is “rotting away” in an attempt to defend the proposed logging. The Bialowieza Forest is, in fact, a thriving ecosystem in which over 12,000 species depend on undisturbed “rotting” deadwood. There are over 1,500 species of fungus in the forest alone, most living on and ingesting nutrients from fallen trees. The government’s self-serving characterization of this vibrant, diverse biosystem as something that is “rotting away,” and therefore disposable, is a gross misrepresentation of reality.
Urgent action is required to prevent the incursion of loggers into Europe’s last primeval forest. If the Polish government moves forward with its plan to lift the logging ban in Bialowieza Forest, 7,000 years of untouched woodland will be forever altered, if not destroyed altogether. Demand that the Polish government redact its egregious proposal to allow logging on protected lands, and urge it to work for the protection and conservation of Europe’s irreplaceable primeval forests.
Dear Minister Szyszko,
The public knows that Europe’s oldest virgin forests, such as the Bialowieza Forest, are not “rotting away.” We know that the forest is, in reality, a thriving, vibrant ecosystem that is home to more than 12,000 species, many of whom rely on undisturbed deadwood to survive. Your gross mischaracterization of the forest as something rotten, disposable, and infested has not convinced us that Bialowieza should be logged.
Any human intervention in Bialowieza will destroy its primeval quality. Lifting the logging ban on this 7,000 year old European woodland could result in its utter and permanent destruction. We demand that the Polish government reverse its plans to allow logging in old growth forests, and that it work instead to conserve these national treasures for generations to come.
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Photo credit: Herr Stahlhoefer