World environment day action in the Central Highlands (VIC)

On World Environment Day, over fifty people have halted logging operations in one of Victoria’s largest secret stockpiles of native forest logs, exposing Premier Bracks’ inaction in tackling climate change.

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World Environment Day Media Release

5 June 2007

Secret logging graveyard exposes Bracks’ inaction on climate change

On World Environment Day, over fifty people have halted logging operations in one of Victoria’s largest secret stockpiles of native forest logs, exposing Premier Bracks’ inaction in tackling climate change.

Just 90 minutes east of Melbourne, a morning tea picnic is being held by people from aged 4 to almost 90, in the logging graveyard, revealing a secretive dump of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of Victoria’s forests bound for woodchip mills and exported to Japan.

“Eighteen percent of global greenhouse pollution is caused by logging and tree clearing; greater even than the emissions of the global transport sector. The most effective action Premier Bracks can take to stop dangerous climate change is to protect Victoria’s forests;” said Luke Chamberlain, Forest Campaigner for The Wilderness Society.

“Science tells us that protection of forests is an essential part of any climate change action plan.”

“In 2004/2005, Victorian destroyed 8995 hectares of native forests, releasing as much carbon into the atmosphere as putting an extra 2.4 million cars on the road each year. To protect us from the impacts of dangerous climate change, this destruction must stop”.

“Trees are giant carbon pumps, sucking carbon from the air and pumping it into the ground, trunks and branches. Logging, soil disturbance and post logging burns release over half of this carbon back into the atmosphere”. This is never accounted for by the logging industry.”

“The logging industry has been misleading the public by saying that logging is good for climate change because young re-growth forests suck up more carbon than old growth forests. However, the logging industry conveniently ignores the massive carbon loss that occurs when the original forest is logged.”

“It takes at least 150 years for a forest to be carbon neutral after logging, and as most of our logged forest ends up as woodchips, all of the carbon is lost within only a few years.”

Contact: Luke Chamberlain 0424 098 729, Gavan McFadzean 0414 754 023