Greenpeace and The Wilderness Society today claimed a win in their campaign to protect Tasmania´s Styx Valley, after loggers failed to show up for work following environmentalists´ peaceful occupation of a logging coupe. Two activists are hanging, suspended mid-air, in ‘seats´ attached by rope to logging machinery. The machinery is used for loading logs onto trucks and cannot be moved as long as the activists remain in position.
Greenpeace and The Wilderness Society peaceful protesters successfully stop clearfelling operations with tree-sits rigged up to logging machinery under a lunar eclipse.
"We´re here to stop the daily destruction of the Styx ancient
forest. For the time being, we´ve halted clearfelling of the
world´s tallest hardwoods for export as woodchips to Japan,'
Wilderness Society campaigner Geoff Law said. "Japanese importers
should be sourcing woodchips from plantations instead of destroying
Tasmania´s precious forests.'
A proposal to include the Styx Valley in the Tasmanian
Wilderness World Heritage Area has been supported by the World
Heritage Bureau, the Australian Heritage Commission and the
International Union for the Conservation of Nature. "We are calling
on the Government to step in and bring an immediate end to this
logging,' Mr Law added.
The action comes less than two weeks after Greenpeace and The
Wilderness Society installed the world´s highest tree-sit - dubbed
the Global Rescue Station - in one of the Styx´s 84m high
/Eucalyptus regnan/ trees. The Global Rescue Station is situated in
a coupe in immediate threat of logging.
"The Global Rescue Station, manned by international and
Australian environmentalists, is attracting significant media
attention and messages of support from people all around the
world,' said Greenpeace Campaigner Rebecca Hubbard. "The Styx
forest is a prime tourist destination, less than two hours´ drive
from Hobart. What is the government thinking by allowing the
continued devastation of this area?'
The Styx is logged by Tasmanian woodchip company Gunns Limited,
who grind the trees into low-value woodchips to make into paper.
The woodchips are exported to Japan for use by Nippon, Oji and