Friday, April 3, 2009

Tasmania and Gunns pulp mill

We're headed to Tasmania next Thursday, so all orders received between the 9th and the 19th will be shipped on Monday the 20th.

Tasmania is such a beautiful, nature-filled place. We would love to live down there, but I don't want to be so far away from our families. And the way things are going, there won't be much beautiful nature there anymore. Over 75% of the rainforest has already been consumed.

From The Wilderness Society:

"Gunns Ltd, Australia’s largest logging company, is proposing to build a chlorine bleaching, native forest fed pulp mill in Tasmania. Stopping the pulp mill is crucial because it will be a disaster for climate change. It will be 80 per cent native forest-based, consuming an area of forest equivalent to 100,000 MCGs. Marine life, human health and other industries, including tourism, agriculture and fisheries are also threatened by this polluting development. The pulp mill has been approved for construction via inadequate, fast tracked approval processes that have ignored many of the key issues that concern the public. Funding has not been secured for the project, and public opposition continues to grow - it can still be stopped."

Despite Gunns' attempts to ensure the public that they are an environmentally considerate logging company (don't make me laugh), it seems that they're basing their statements on faulty research or deliberately overlooking many of the other effects of their practices. Besides, it's obviously all about the money, hence the suing protesters for millions and their history of strong-arming the government.

Flex your cyberactivist muscles and sign a pledge to help here.


Stepstotheleft said...

I was reading about this in a book the other day. This was an issue that came up during the last election. The ALP weren't prepared to put their foot down about this because they were worried about losing marginal seats in Tasmania. They suggested that the pulp mill be moved but it would be expensive for Gunns to set it up in the proposed area. The Greens were fairly horrified at the ALP's support of this development. It's sad when governments can't stand up for what is right or even for what they believe in because of votes but I guess that's the way it works.

Anonymous said...

and the sad thing is the pulp will presumably be used for paper - including toilet paper! Thanks for the link to the petition.

Rawseedling said...

Grrr! Makes me so angry!

Pattie said...

I hope that the gathering turns out in strong #s and that your effort is far from in vain :)

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Roarclothing said...

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Heidi and Seek said...

Roarclothing/Jade - yes I definitely ship to the UK!