LARGEST GLOBAL FOREST PROTEST IN HISTORY FOR TASMANIA’S ANCIENT FORESTS AS THE CLOCK STARTS TICKING

In Hobart today, conservationists held a peaceful action outside the General Post Office and in Franklin Square to mark the momentous gathering of people across 21 countries calling for the immediate protection of Tasmania’s high conservation value forests.

Two conservationists climbed lamp posts outside Hobart’s GPO and unfurled a banner stating ‘The clock is ticking’. 80 community members gathered in Franklin Square to show their support.

52 actions across the globe and around Australia over the past 24 hours have now coincided with the state and federal governments’ announcement that a moratorium on all high conservation value forests will be implemented from today.

“Today, we are seeing the biggest show of support for Tasmania’s ancient forests in history. People all over the world are speaking out for the protection of our spectacular forests here in Tasmania” said Huon Valley Environment Centre spokesperson Jenny Weber.

“We cautiously welcome this morning’s announcement and look forward to a full moratorium and all logging ended in our spectacular high conservation value forests by 15th March 2011, leading to formal legislated protection” said Huon Valley Environment Centre spokesperson Jenny Weber.

“From the Australian Embassy in Tokyo to Grand Central Station in New York City to the coral reefs of Vanuatu, the whole world is standing up for the protection of Tasmania’s threatened forests” said Still Wild Still Threatened spokesperson Ula Majewski.

Over 24 hours, there are banner actions and film screenings planned for a number of locations in Tanzania, Reunion Island, Japan, Vanuatu, Thailand, India, France, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, England, Wales, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Scotland, Ecuador and the United States of America.

And around Australia people will be participating in the 24 hours of action in Tasmania – Hobart, Devonport, Bicheno and Launceston, Victoria – Melbourne and Glenburn, ACT - Canberra, SA - Adelaide, QLD – Brisbane and Noosa, WA – Perth, Balingup, Denmark, and Fremantle, and in NSW - Sydney, Lismore, Bega, Newcastle, Dorrigo, Bellingen, Bundagen, Byron Bay, and Uki.

To view a slideshow of action images from around the world, go to nativeforest.net

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