End logging of Victoria's native forests
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What’s this petition about?
- Using ‘consumer power’ to help drive an end to logging native forests in Victoria.
- Maximising water supply for all Victorians, and stop reducing our ability to fight climate change.
- Protecting the eco-systems we need to survive.
- Leaving our spectacular forests intact for recreation and tourism, it contributes to the success of small business in the local communities that rely upon them.
What’s the solution?
- Remove the demand for copy paper made from native forests by not buying Reflex Ultra White.
- Create demand for sustainable options by buying sustainable alternatives.
- Pressure Officeworks, Australia Post, Woolworths and Coles to stop supplying Reflex Ultra White.
What can I do?
- Sign and share this petition.
- Never buy Reflex Ultra White or other paper that isn’t FSC certified.
- Choose only FSC certified, 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
- Take the Pledge to use ethical paper
- Encourage your workplace and others to take the pledge.
What paper should I use?
- Recommended options for ethically produced paper: Ethical paper options
In more detail:
The Victorian people collectively own spectacular forests that are:
- Some of the oldest, tallest and most carbon dense forests in the world.
- Home to many unique plants and animals not found anywhere else in the world.
- Right on Melbourne’s doorstep and something to be proud of!
They should be treasured:
- As an escape for all Victorians for relaxation and recreation.
- As a crucial component in the fight against climate change and securing Victoria’s water supply.
What are we protecting them from?
Our spectacular forests are being logged and trashed for pulp:
- At a rate that is roughly equivalent of 5 MCGs every day.
- Even though sustainable paper sources are available.
- Fragmenting and destroying habitat, driving many helpless animals to the edge of extinction.
- Mostly for cheap paper products.
- VicForests can access our forests for free, but can’t turn a profit – our taxes subsidise logging by tens of millions of dollars every year.
- By contrast, Victoria could be eligible for between $30–40 million per annum, by using our forests for carbon offsets instead of pulp, under the Federal Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund.
- It makes no economic sense for the Victorian Government to subsidise unprofitable logging at the expense of significant income through offsets and tourism/recreation.
What if we don't stop logging and burning native forest?
Climate change is exacerbated:
- Enormous amounts of greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere.
- Our capacity to store and sequester carbon is significantly reduced.
Logging occurs in Victoria’s precious water catchments, impacting supply for Victorian communities:
- Logging in catchments reduces not just the quantity, but the quality of water.
- Victorians always do their bit to save water – the good work we’re doing is being subverted as logging in Victoria’s water catchments significantly impacts on our future supply of drinking water.
Logging leaves behind a barren wasteland that’s of no use to anyone:
- Individual trees can be replanted, but forests and eco-systems cannot.
- Continued logging on this scale will eventually result in a dead Victoria.
- Local communities that rely on income from tourism and recreation will lose their livelihood - as will the loggers when the trees are all gone - we have the opportunity to save the livelihood of at least one of these groups if we act now.
Populations of threatened species will continue to plummet, including:
- Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Fairy Possum (or Leadbeater’s possum).
- The Greater Glider.
- The Sooty Owl.
Victoria is part of a wider problem – Australia has now been identified as:
- A global deforestation hotspot – on a par with Borneo and the Amazon.
- Having the highest rate of mammalian extinction in the world – even our koala is endangered.
A wealthy, developed country like Australia can and must do better.
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