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November 2017

Together, we've put deforestation on the agenda

Dear ,

Last Saturday’s Queensland election was a critical moment in stopping Queensland’s deforestation crisis.

While counting continues and the result hangs in the balance, one thing is crystal clear—thousands of Australians have come together in a people-powered movement to end deforestation in Queensland and across the country.

The ABC is predicting a narrow win for Labor, who have committed to the strongest-ever laws to end deforestation in the state.1

It’s been a massive effort. In the last eight weeks, hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders have heard—many for the first time—about the deforestation crisis afflicting their state.

Volunteers led the effort in making sure Queenslanders were 100% clear on the commitments that the political parties were making to stop—or fail to stop—the rampant deforestation that kills 45 million animals every year.

Volunteers made 10,000 phone calls, knocked on almost 4,000 doors, and helped organise nearly 100 community meetings. That’s an incredible effort in anyone’s language.

And it wasn’t just volunteers on the ground in Queensland. So far, 38,906 people across Australia have signed the petition calling on political leaders in Canberra and Brisbane to end the deforestation crisis. Have you signed it yet?

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Hard-hitting drone footage of shocking deforestation in Great Barrier Catchments, widespread media coverage, a powerful TV advertising campaign, and lobbying to convince politicians and candidates to pledge to fix the crisis—all of this had a big impact.

Thanks to your support, both Labor and the Greens committed to pass new, strong laws to end deforestation, and provide funding to restore degraded land in Queensland.

Yours for nature,

Lyndon Schneiders
National Director, The Wilderness Society

P.S. Click here to sign the deforestation petition, and then share it with your friends.


1Read more about Labor's policy here


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