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Forest activists scale the Sydney Opera House and unfurl a huge banner saying No Harvey No! Stop selling Aussie forest destruction!


This morning, two climbers have scaled the Sydney Opera House and abseiled from the roof to unfurl a huge 10 X 12 metre banner stating ‘No Harvey No! Stop selling Aussie forest destruction! The action has taken place as part of a global 24 hours of action targeting Harvey Norman.


‘Climbers have abseiled from the top of the Sydney Opera House to stand up for our iconic Aussie forests and say No Harvey No! Stop selling Aussie forest destruction! We have come to the centre of Sydney to send a clear message to Harvey Norman that profiting from the destruction of our spectacular forests is absolutely unacceptable’ said Ula Majewski, spokesperson for The Last Stand.


Community members are planning actions at Harvey Norman stores in Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia and Ireland, and at iconic landmarks internationally. To date, over 35 actions have been confirmed in 13 countries.


‘Our internationally iconic Aussie forests are still being destroyed by industrial logging operations. We are taking peaceful action from the top of another great Aussie icon to tell Harvey Norman that selling Aussie forest destruction is no way to do business’ said Miranda Gibson, currently perched atop the Opera House.


‘The whole world is standing up for Australia’s native forests today and sending a very clear message to Harvey Norman that profiting from forest destruction is absolutely unacceptable in the 21st century. From Hollywood to Milano, hundreds of people are taking a stand to say No Harvey No! Stop selling Aussie forest destruction’ said Ms Majewski.


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• *Alice Springs takes action for Aussie forests and says No Harvey No!


Today, Alice Springs community members conducted a peaceful action at the local Harvey Norman store to protest the company’s use of native forests in their furniture and flooring products. This event took place as part of a global 24 hours of action with 13 participating countries around the world. Campaigners from The Last Stand, event organisers, scaled the Sydney Opera House with a giant banner.


‘It’s outrageous that native forests are still being logged. All of us here today would prefer to have Aussie forests left standing than to have a brand new dining table’ said Peter Van Der Pasch, Alice Springs resident.


Here in Alice Springs, 25 residents gathered outside the local Harvey Norman store with a large banner stating ‘Don’t buy forest destruction!’ Information was handed out on flyers about Harvey Norman’s part in destruction of Australian forests. Customers and passers-by were also surveyed.


‘Out of 43 people surveyed in half an hour, 31 were not aware that Harvey Norman was one of the largest Australian retailers profiting from native animal habitat forests, shipped the wood overseas to be made into furniture and flooring, then shipped to local stores. And while 2 had no preference, 40 would prefer that Harvey Norman protect native forests, limit their carbon footprint and create jobs here in Australia by providing customers with plantation and recycled timber furnishings,’ said Mr Van Der Pasch.


Community members across the world are taking action at Harvey Norman stores in Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia and Ireland, and at iconic landmarks internationally. 35 actions have been planned in 13 countries. Harvey Norman’s use of native forest products has been the focus of a large national campaign in recent months. Peaceful actions by various groups and individuals have taken place from coast to coast. A viral video parodying a Harvey Norman ad received 110,000+ hits on YouTube.

Action images from around the world can be accessed throughout the day at http://www.flickr.com/thelaststandstudio

 

NB; vertical pic is a great image of the Alice springs store protest from the global day of action which included a banner hung from the Sydney Opera House by campaigners from The Last Stand http://www.thelaststand.org.au Sydney Morning Herold news; http://www.smh.com.au/environment/forest-activists-scale-opera-house-20111008-1lei5.html


• MEDIA UPDATE

30+ actions around the world and 7 activists arrested as the planet takes a stand to say No Harvey No! Stop selling Aussie forest destruction


Today, over 30 actions took place around the world as part of a global 24 hours of action targeting retailer Harvey Norman for their role in helping to drive the destruction of Australia’s native forests.


Five forest campaigners were arrested after two climbers abseiled down the Sydney Opera House and unfurled a giant banner. Two campaigners were arrested at Harvey Norman’s Preston store in Melbourne after occupying the roof and displaying a large banner.


‘Hundreds of people across the planet have taken action today to tell Harvey Norman that profiting from Australia’s forest destruction is absolutely unacceptable in this day and age’ said Ula Majewski, spokesperson for The Last Stand.


Images from actions are still streaming in from around the globe, but in a diversity of locations – including Ontario, Prague, Auckland and Bristol – hundreds of people took action for Australia’s native forests.


‘From the sails of the Sydney Opera House to the forests of East Gippsland and from the World Cup stadium in Johannesberg to Harvey Norman stores in Wellington and Auckland, the global community have stood up and said No Harvey No! Stop selling Aussie forest destruction’ said Ms Majewski.



‘Harvey Norman needs to take urgent action for our spectacular forests and stop selling furniture and flooring products sourced from native forests. There are readily available alternatives such as recycled and plantation timber’ said Nicola Paris, spokesperson for The Last Stand.



Spectacular high resolution images from Sydney, Melbourne and across the world can be downloaded from http://www.flickr.com/thelaststandstudio

• Senator Bob Brown: Opera House protest sends message to the world for wild forests

Today’s Opera House protest for Australia’s wild forests shows a courage missing in boardrooms and parliament, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

“It sends a message to the world that will be popular. More than 80% of Australians want the destruction of native forests and their wildlife stopped,” Senator Brown said.

“The Australian Forest Products Association’s claim that Australia’s wild forest are logged sustainably is ecological nonsense.”

Senator Brown said he would invite Gerry Harvey to visit the destruction so he could see for himself how absurd the Australian Forest Products Association’s claims were.