Forest Protection Petition and Strategy
NEWS RELEASE: The Earth Repair Foundation (ERF), an innovative environmental and community advancement organisation based in the Blue Mountains, is aiming to achieve Australia’s most effective petition.
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The petition is already supported by more than 160 diverse community groups, union, indigenous, ethnic, business, environmental, religious and political organisations representing millions of Australians (see list of endorsers below). The petition is seeking to collect over a million signatures.
The Forest Protection Petition outlines viable and achievable solutions aiming to protect in perpetuity, Australia’s irreplaceable high-conservation value native forests including old-growth and rainforests. It also recommends practical plantation strategies which can sustain the important pulp, paper and timber industries.
The petition began in the early 90’s when a group of dedicated forest defenders began a Fast for the Forests on Macquarie Street, Sydney in front of NSW Parliament House. Two individuals fasted for over 30 days as a personal protest and the action ran for 60 days. Since that time the petition has gained an unprecedented support base and aims to be the most influential petition in Australia’s history. It advocates a long-term approach to ecologically-sustainable forestry practices, by assisting rural communities with much-needed employment in developing plantation timbers and annual fibre crops and effectively ‘reaping only what we sow’.
It is a well-known fact that Australia’s native forests are being sacrificed to export wood chips to Japan and other countries, while those countries preserve their own native forests as national treasures.The petition requests that The Parliament legislates to progressively transfer expertise and resources from all military sectors to help implement tree planting and food growing solutions, and to motivate the international community to follow this example.
Australia, as a signatory to the United Nations Biodiversity Convention, is committed to protect the fauna and flora unique to our native forests. Any government’s acceptance of the further destruction of our beautiful Australian native forests for short-term economic gain, is ecologically and economically indefensible; it is stealing an ancient heritage from future generations.
Australia’s forests and wilderness have always been an integral part of Aboriginal life and are still interrelated with the culture of Australia’s traditional owners. “It is not only an issue of ecology, but one of human rights and cultural survival”. (NSW Aboriginal Land Council).
You can help by signing and networking this petition and presenting it periodically to the Federal House of Representatives. It can be adapted and addressed to the Legislative Councils and Legislative Assemblies of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australian Parliaments. Make it known to the community via the media and share your campaign history, feats and challenges associated with the protection of native forests.
This is an opportunity for Australian Governments to demonstrate responsible and exemplary environmental leadership by adopting the World’s Best Practices for Australia’s forests.
Offers of support for this campaign contact the Earth Repair Foundation,
PO Box 503, Katoomba, NSW, 2780 firstname.lastname@example.org