25 days to go
October 2017

Dear ,

On Sunday, the Queensland Premier dissolved parliament and announced that the state would head to the polls on Saturday, 25 November 2017.

This means we have 25 days to make sure candidates from all sides of politics pledge to stop the single greatest threat to nature in Queensland—deforestation caused by land clearing.

Over the course of one year during 2015 and 2016, nearly 400,000 hectares of forests and woodlands were cleared. Over the four years since the Queensland laws were gutted by former Premier Campbell Newman, more than 1.2 million hectares of forests and woodlands were cleared.

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The election is a great opportunity to put the pressure on Queensland’s politicians to stop deforestation. Can you donate $25 to make the deforestation crisis a critical issue in the Queensland election?

Donations will go towards advertising to expose the deforestation crisis and to support our fantastic volunteers who are out knocking on doors to make voters in key seats aware of the scale of the problem.

Deforestation is a disaster for wildlife—with estimates that 34 million animals, including koalas, are killed by deforestation every year.

For 20 years, I have been at the forefront of campaigns to end deforestation in Queensland. Strong laws were in place and were working until Campbell Newman took the axe to the laws.

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Thanks for your support during this critical opportunity to stop one of Australia’s biggest environmental disasters.

Yours for nature,

Lyndon Schneiders
National Director, The Wilderness Society

P.S. Click here to read my personal reflection on the history of Queensland’s deforestation crisis, and why we need to act, in the Guardian.


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A reflection from Lyndon

Deforestation is a disaster for wildlife with estimates that 34 million animals, including koalas, are killed by deforestation every year.

For 20 years, Wilderness Society Director Lyndon Schneidershas been at the forefront of campaigns to end deforestation in Queensland. Strong laws were in place and were working until Campbell Newman took the axe to the laws.

Click here to read Lyndon’s reflection on the history of the deforestation crisis, and why we need to act, in the Guardian.

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UNDER THREAT: 600 year old trees

Hard to believe, but right now, logging machines are inside old growth forest in East Gippsland, preparing to tear down trees up to 600 years old.

Can you help? Please call Victorian Environment Minister, Lily D'Ambrosio on (03) 9637 9504, and respectfully ask her to stop this destruction. Let us know how you went by making a comment on this Facebook post.


Deforestation is Australia's biggest unseen environmental crisis

In Queensland alone one native animal is killed every second by deforestation. That's 34 million a year!

The Queensland state election is a critical opportunity to put the pressure on politicians to end the deforestation crisis.

Can you donate $25 today to put put the deforestation crisis front and centre this election?

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The deforestation front you can see from space. You won’t see it from the street, but satellite images show nearly 400,000 ha of Queensland’s forest and bush was destroyed last year. Watch now on Facebook.


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Have you heard?

Deforestation and land clearing data for WA is hard to find

The data is not available to the community. After a damning EPA report and pressure from our campaigners, the State Government has announced an internal review and a release of the data. Read more

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