Which means that replanting trees is not enough to avert climate disaster. We need to stop the destruction of forests already here. Study after study indicates that only by preserving and protecting natural forests, rainforest in particular, can we slow down the earth warming. Deforestation is now one of the biggest sources of carbon dioxide, because when trees are cut down much of the carbon stored within them escapes into the air – especially if the wood is burned. And yet logging and clear-cutting has been on the rise in the Amazon — the world’s largest rainforest. New satellite images suggest areas larger than a soccer field are being cleared every minute.
In the state of Victoria where I live, we have been urging the government to stop native logging immediately, not to wait until 2030 as is currently decided. Native forest logging destroys wildlife habitat and pushes forests towards total ecosystem collapse. Ending native logging in Victoria alone would be the equivalent in carbon emissions of removing 730,00 cars from our roads annually. That's a lot of carbon the state could be reducing.
So let's save those trees today. Write to your MPs to urge them to stop the logging of native forests. Contact your local Australian Conservation Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Australian Forests & Climate Alliance, Victorian Forest Alliance, WA Forest Alliance, Queensland Forests Alliance, Wilderness Society, WWF-Australia, Queensland Conservation Council, the Rainforest Alliance, North East Forest Alliance, SERCA, Nature Conservation Council of NSW, among others...
Remember, as long as a tree lives, that carbon stays within it – and trees can live for decades or centuries. Help them help us.