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World Heritage Tasmanian Forest under threat

The Tasmanian Forests

Recently, I returned from a a three week trip to Australia.  During this period the Prime Minister, Tony Abbot made a rather provocative speech in Canberra that compels me to write this blog.

Australia has little to boast when it comes to its forest cover – a national average of 19%%.  The island state of Tasmania boasts over 50% forest cover and it is part of this that the Prime Minister was wanting to “unlock” and hand over to the loggers.  There was ample lopsided logic in the speech terming Loggers as “people who are the ultimate conservationists”and attempting to link “green ideology” with the below national average economic performance of Tasmania.  Tony Abbot has gone a step further by asking UNESCO to remove over 74,000 hectares of forest from World Heritage listed wilderness region.  Well that is a first for any country.

Protests in Tasmania

Protests in Tasmania

State politics will play a deciding role in the future of these forests.  The labour party has ruled for the last 16 years and recently held majority with the support of Tasmanian Greens.  Mr Abbot’s conservative Liberal coalition may well unseat the current government and that would spell disaster for the Tasmanian forests.

The last remaining pristine forests of the southern hemisphere are under threat and if you think they need to be protected – it is time you raised your voice to avert this ecological holocaust.  Every vote and every voice counts. 

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Raminder Chowdhary



1 Comment to “World Heritage Tasmanian Forest under threat”

  1. I totally agree that tasmanian forests should remain to increase the possibility of environmental stability in this region and for our planet earth. I was witness to the fight for the franklin river in 1980s and my father was involved in making a film about this issue. Heart breaking that any government cannot consider the environment and want to revisit such a platform.. its archaic! In the 80s it was the multinational companies not the Tasmanian people that were to benefit from the daming of the river. There is always a monetary gain for someone and what about the future of the planet?It can’t be planted again!

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