Today, around 10 community members are conducting a peaceful action at Hobart Harvey Norman store to protest the company’s use of native forests in their furniture and flooring products. This event is taking place as part of a global 24 hours of action, which is being held in 13 countries around the world.
‘Harvey Norman continues to profit off the large scale destruction of Australia’s native forests. Today Hobart residents are holding a peaceful protest outside Hobart Harvey Norman store. We are joining the whole world in demanding that the retail giant alter its procurement policy to exclude timber sourced from all native forests,’ said Dylan Grimwood for Still Wild Still Threatened.
Today Hobart residents are peacefully protesting Hobart’s Harvey Norman store. Protesters are holding a banner reading “No Harvey No Stop Selling Aussie Forest Destruction,” handing out flyers and talking to customers and the public regarding Harvey Norman’s role in Australian Forest destruction. This protest joins community members across the globe, who 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.
‘The purpose of today’s global day of action is to highlight the role that retailers like Harvey Norman play in the chain of forest destruction,’ said Dylan Grimwood.
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.
‘The whole world is standing up today to send a clear message to Harvey Norman that sourcing timber products from Native forests is an unacceptable business practice. This is an opportunity for Harvey Norman to stand up for the environment and discontinue selling forest destruction,’ said Dylan Grimwood.
Action images from around the world can be accessed throughout the day at http://www.flickr.com/thelaststandstudio
Still Wild Still Threatened is a grassroots community organisation campaigning for the immediate protection of Tasmania’s ancient forests and the creation of an equitable and environmentally sustainable forestry industry in Tasmania.