National Forest Uprising this Wednesday in Canberra and the Sth Coast will be represented
Concerned citizens will march on parliament house this Wednesday at a National Forest Uprising in a bid to influence the government to end native forest logging by 2020.
The National Forest Embassy says "the people of Australia are increasingly worried about the depletion of native forests, particularly in the south east regions of New South Wales. We are expecting bus loads of people from the south coast, who will be joining groups from all over the country in one united voice, a Forest Embassy spokesperson says.
"We are urging the federal government to act quickly to preserve what remains of Australia"s diverse ecology," the spokesperson says. "Our governments have locked Australian forests into another 20 years of Regional Forest Agreements and the IFOAs, with barely any consultation. The people have had enough."
The Forest Embassy is calling for new laws that enable governments to meet the commitments Australia made in International treaties for the protection of Australian biodiversity.
"What we want is for regional forest agreements to end, and a complete turn around with the commonwealth actually taking responsibility for threatened species and the natural environment, by putting money into institutions for forest management, along with new laws and the key role for indigenous communities in the future of forests," the spokesperson says.
The National Forest Uprising calls on all candidates to to clarify whether they will ensure more protections will be in place under their government if elected in March.
The push comes at a time when the federal Parliamentary Enquiry into Australia's Faunal Extinction Crisis is hearing evidence from prominent scientists that unless the logging stops urgently we will loose the greater glider and swift parrot from South East New South Wales.
A crowd sourced legal campaign is also being run to challenge the Victorian State Government's destruction of forests logging practices that are pushing the Leadbeater possum to the brink of extinction. New South Wales legislation presently does not allow for anyone other that the Environmental Protection Agency, a state government body, to mount legal challenges to government owned forestry practices.