Logging native forests is detrimental to our climate, our wildlife and our water – will you take the pledge to stop it?
The mountain forests east of Melbourne are some of the most carbon dense ecosystems on the planet. Instead of protecting these forests as a critical carbon store, Ted Baillieu is allowing them to be bulldozed, wood chipped and burnt, with the wood going to the Maryvale pulp mill to make Reflex paper. Logging and post-logging burning releases enormous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.
Victorian wildlife is under threat from logging native forests, including the Baw Baw frog, the Sooty Owl and Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum. Furthermore, this logging occurs in important water supply catchments and is reducing the quality and quantity of Victoria’s drinking water.
None of this is necessary. Reflex paper could be made entirely from existing logging plantations in Victoria. Not only would this protect Victoria’s native forests, it would also create more sustainable jobs in the plantation industry and protect jobs in paper mills for the long-term by guaranteeing sustainable supply.
The Wilderness Society is asking organisations to take a pledge and individuals to sign a petition that declares that they will not purchase Reflex Paper until Australian Paper (the producer of Reflex) stops sourcing from native forests.
The Yarra Ranges Council has been leading the charge on this issue with Greens Councillor, Samantha Dunn, proposing a motion that the council sign the Ethical Paper Pledge back in April, which received majority support.
That's why I’m asking you to take the Ethical Paper Pledge to refuse to use Reflex until they move their paper making to a plantation and recycled basis. Ted Baillieu won’t act - but we can - and together we can protect our most important carbon bank.