Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Forests spokesperson
The logging industry’s destruction of ancient rainforest in the takayna/Tarkine region is the first major test for Tasmania’s new Premier and Climate Change Minister Peter Gutwein.
The Gondwanan rainforests of north west Tasmania are not only priceless for their conservation values, they are also vital carbon banks. If Premier Gutwein is really serious about climate change, he needs to intervene to stop this destructive, unnecessary logging and release of the carbon they store.
In a climate and biodiversity emergency, with massive tracts of forest burned on the mainland, there is no justification for native forest logging.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is oxygen clear in its assessment that deforestation must end if we’re to slow down global heating.
Claims from industry figures that forest destruction is actually good for the climate are a pathetic, self-interested and unscientific attempt to greenwash practices the industry’s own polling has shown no longer have a social license.