Picture, Details of the visit: HERE: Tasmania’s forest campaign goes global

The Tasmanian Greens today reiterated their long standing support for peaceful democratic action by citizens making their voice heard on issues that matter to them, including forest activists seeking to inform the public about logging activities occurring in Tasmania’s native forests.

Greens Leader Nick McKim said that former Greens Leader Peg Putt and Jenny Weber from the Huon Valley Environment Centre had every right to visit Japan to inform the Japanese public, businesses and consumers of what is actually happening in Tasmania’s forests.

“Private individuals such as, Ms Putt and Ms Weber, have every right to inform markets about the environmental destruction caused by logging in Tasmania’s unique native forests, which remains ongoing, despite commitments in the recently signed Forests Intergovernmental Agreement that it would cease within the nominated Informal Reserves of the 430,000 hectares of High Conservation Value forest,” Mr McKim said.

“The Greens have always supported moves to ensure potential consumers of our forest products are being sold the genuine article, and being told accurate information.  Time and time again national and international markets are misinformed by industry advocates of the actual situation facing our native forests, and the community’s expectations.”

“If there is nothing to hide then there is no problem with people talking about what is going on in our forests.”

“If there are activities occurring that people think paint Tasmania in a poor light, then those activities should cease rather than try and gag people from daring to talk about them.”

“Logging was meant to have ceased in the nominated 430, 000 hectares, it hasn’t, and good on those who are still standing up for those forests, especially in the peaceful and non-violent mode of democratic dialogue,” Mr McKim said.