These 300-year-old trees are being felled to make toilet paper and cardboard boxes

But it’s not too late to stop it

Last night I read Bob Brown’s interview in Dumbo Feather on the Tasmania’s breathtakingly beautiful Tarkine, a temperate rainforest and wild coastline in the northwest. Former Australian senator, doctor and environmentalist, Bob Brown spoke of the Greenhouse phenomenon during a time when it was laughed at by opposition members. Nevertheless, he’s spent his life bravely advocating change and today, he has his sights set on saving the Tarkine.

It takes 20 minutes to fell a tree that took 300 years to grow and loggers are systematically clearing areas larger than a football fields throughout the forest. They light it on fire after it’s cleared so all previous ecosystem won’t survive and compete with the tree plantation they later install.

Patagonia recently released a film called Takanya, documenting what’s happening in the Tarkine and the people working hard to save it.

“To clear fall them and to woodchip them is the ultimate obscenity and the ultimate stupidity and act of economic vandalism. You’re reducing one of the most valuable resources as far as timber goes on the planet, into the lowest common undifferentiated denominator that ends up as a cardboard box or a bit of toilet paper. It’s totally insane” former MP Kim Booth, Greens Member and saw miller, tells Patagonia.

Equating the loss of the logging industry with the loss of jobs, seems enough justification for politicians to continue enabling this short-sighted industry for now. But pressingly, the world is using 160 percent of our renewable living resources on the planet and our level of consumption is set to increase by 300 percent in the next ten years.

“Every morning, we wake up to less forest, less fisheries, less coral reef, less arable land but more human mouths to feed,” Bob Brown tells Dumbo Feather. “Few of us may be taking any notice but the planet is.” 

Aside from donating to the Tarkine via the Bob Brown Foundation, or emailing your local MP to ask what they’re doing to help, Bob advocates visiting the Tarkine to reconnect with nature.

“You could write a thousand-page book on that imprint of wilderness in our hearts and still not get anywhere near the understanding you get by walking in the Tarkine.”

Even in the political sphere, he speaks of his connection to nature with emotion and when questioned he tells an activist in their film Takanya, “big criticism, isn’t it us environmentalists, that we’re emotional, as if you can still be a human being without it.”

So how can you help?

o   Donate to The Bob Brown Foundation

o   Email your local MP and ask what they’re doing to help

o   Visit Tarkine, or your get out into your local wilderness and celebrate our beautiful world