What will you do?
STAND FOR TAKAYNA
the Tarkine is no place for a Toxic Waste Dump!
The Tarkine / takayna is Australia’s largest temperate rainforest and the second largest temperate rainforest in the world. MMG, a Chinese state-owned mining company, wants to turn this astonishing ecosystem into a mining tailings dump!
GO SEE THE GIANTS
EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF AN OLD GROWTH FOREST
Experiencing the wonder of an old growth forest is something every Australian should do: there are so few of them left in the world… It’s also an act of resistance! You are showing in very practical terms that there is the way for an alternative to logging that’s sustainable and more financially and socially beneficial.
Sign Bob's Native Forest Declaration
Let's Stop Native Logging Now
In an amazing victory for the environment, Victoria just announced it will exit native forest logging! But NSW & Tasmania are still pulverising up their old growth forests. We’re calling on the Prime Minister & the Minister for the Environment to use the Commonwealth’s powers to protect our nation’s native forests and their wildlife.
SPREAD THE WORD
It's more than a film, it's a movement
Australia is sleepwalking into deforestation. THE GIANTS want to wake people up! This film is already helping to drive impact on native forests in Victoria - help us use the film to campaign for change across Australia. Connect with us on socials @thegiantsfilm and share the news! You can also host a screening – and even use it to fundraise for forest defenders. we can help you promote the screning and provide you with lots of goodies, like posters, social media images, videos etc. Send us pictures from your event to share on our social channels. THE GIANTS is where film lovers, become tree huggers.
PROTECT OUR LANDSCAPE
Become an ally for future generations
If you've watched the film you've revelled in the magical atmosphere of 'Oura Oura', Bob Brown's farmhouse in the Liffey Valley. In 1991 Bob Brown and Judy Henderson clubbed together with friends to save a couple of nearby forest blocks from the woodchippers. This was the beginning of Bush Heritage Australia. Click through here to support Bush Heritage Australia buy and protect Australian bushland so places like the Liffey Valley are preserved for future generations.
CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE PAPER
Don't wipe your bum on koala habitat
If your paper is not FSC® certified and 100% post-consumer recycled then you could be printing, writing (or wiping your bottom!) on our native forests. Most consumers want to do the right thing – but it's not easy reading all that fine print. See The Wilderness Society guide to Ethical Paper for office supplies that doesn't pulp our forests – most of these brands are readily available in major stationary stores. When it comes to toilet paper and tissues – you'll have to read the packaging. Basically, you are looking FSC® certified, 100% post-consumer recycled (not FSC Mix) and wrapped in paper, not plastic. (Soft plastics cannot be recycled in Australia.) Finally, don't forget to recycle your toilet rolls! Get more info about our forests, paper pulp and deforestation.
Australia is home to some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world and one of only a few places which has Gondwana-era forest. These precious ancient forests – already decimated by fires – are still being logged for wood pulp and turned into toilet paper, despite many native species dependent on them being on the brink of extinction.
Save your forests, make friends! Forest defenders are working across the country to protect our forests, woodlands and wild spaces from logging and land clearing. Join a local group and make some lifelong friends in the process. We’ve listed a couple of key groups by state – if you want us to add your group to the list email us on our contact page. You can also find local conservation groups on social media. Thanks for caring :)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Bushfires, logging and unprecedented land-clearing for agriculture and development means the koala will be extinct in NSW by 2050 unless radical changes are made. The NSW is the only state left on the mainland still logging native forests despite government at State and Federal election pledging to stop extinctions. Join others on the frontline fighting to save the forests of NSW.
Landclearing in Queensland is driving deforestation in Australia. A whopping 680,688 hectares of deforestation occurred in Queensland in one year alone. Last year Queensland cleared 90,000 hectares of Queensland koala habitat in single year. The latest figures show 85% of all clearing was done to create new pasture. Connect with local campaigners listed below.
Tasmania's forests have been growing on the island since Gondwanan times. It has some of the world's tallest and oldest trees and is a biodiversity hotspot. Get involved with local groups to hep keep it that way.
The Northern Territory is unique in its natural diversity. It is also a stronghold of indigenous culture in Australia. But the remote nature of this country makes it vulnerable to exploitation for short term gain.
The tallest flowering plants on earth – the eucalyptus regnans – grows in Victoria where it is known as Vic Ash or Mountain Ash. These forests provide crucial habitat to the critically endangered species such as the Leadbeater’s Possum and endangered Greater Glider. Join passionate forest defenders trying to save their homes from being pulped for toilet paper.
South Australia does not have a native logging industry, but their forests and woodlands are threatened by other commercial activities. Read below to see how you can help out.
The WA State Government has ended native forest logging (hooray!) but they are still bulldozing forests for bauxite mining, roads and development. (Enough already!)
The ACT doesn't conduct native forest logging, however it does have natural heritage sites and asssets that need conservation and protection and restoration, particularly after the bush fires of 2020.
The future of our native forests are in the hands of just 10 key people! With newly elected Labor governments at both federal and state level this should be an easy fix. Reach out to our elected representatives in their electorates, their offices or on socials. Share your passion for the forests – and urge them to stop land-clearing and logging of our native forests. (Scroll down after the contact details for some talking points. )
History suggests change comes from the people, not the parliament. So think about other ways you can make a difference – whether through your work, university, school, profession or community groups. You can also find your local elected reps here.
THE 10 AUSTRALIANS WHO CAN PROTECT FORESTS TODAY
Get in touch with our elected representatives and decision makers. Here's a couple of suggested talking points below. When writing please be firm, be passionate and be polite!
Our newly elected Federal Government was elected with a mandate to talk action on climate, our natural heritage and the extinction crises. Contact Prime Minister Anthony Albanese & Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, or reach out to them on social media. Details below.
Koalas will be extinct in NSW by 2050 if radical action isn't taken immediately. The newly elected State Labor government has promise a new national park for koalas – but the area it's in is still being logged! From Eurobodalla to the Northern Rivers the ancient forests of NSW are being logged or cleared for agriculture or development. Contact NSW Premier Chris Minns & Environment Minister Penny Sharpe and ask them about their election promise to koalas. Victoria has announced an early exit from Native Forest Logging - NSW has no excuse to continue this loss-making industry.
Queensland has the highest rate of land clearing in Australia, with a whopping 400,000 hectares destroyed in 2019-20. Connect with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon and demand they stop it.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Environment Minister Ingrid Stitt recently announced Victoria would stop native forest logging in 2024. This is an amazing victory for the tallest flowering plants on earth – the eucalyptus regnans featured in THE GIANTS – and the critically endangered Leadbeater's Possum and the Greater Glider. Write to Premier Daniel Andrews and Environment Minister Ingrid Stitt (contacts below) to congratulate them and urge them to act quickly to restore and rewild Victoria's forests.
Stand up for the Tarkine and protect the Giants, by connecting with Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff and Environment Minister Roger Jaensch. The Tarkine is around 40km from Tasmania's biggest tourist drawcard, Cradle Mountain. Why not ask them to put on a shuttle bus to the Tarkine, Australia's biggest temperate rainforest?