How would you cope if for 150 Days you were 60 Metres up a tree, 20 kilometres from “civilisation” and a million miles from your friends and family?
Previously I blogged about Miranda Gibson(B.A. B.Ed) a friend and conservationist who on December 14th, 2011 climbed a rope to the top of an old-growth Eucalyptus Delegatensis tree in the heart of Tasmania’s southern forests, and vowed to stay until the forest is protected.
Miranda may well be separated by distance from those she loves and from those that love her but she has all the mod cons. Internet and mobile phone access. Open plan living. Fresh food, water, clean air and a bucket. A view you couldn’t pay for and the best possible neighbours (except for the loggers).
On March 23rd, 2012 Miranda passed 100 days in the tree sit of the Observer Tree and now Saturday May 12th, 2012 Miranda has reached the 150 day mark.
I still find it incredible that main stream media in Sydney did not run with the story of Miranda reaching the 100 day mark. Perhaps it was because of the cause behind it, perhaps because it was interstate. Regardless of either of those possibilities they should have run something purely on the basis that someone had sat in a tree for 100 days!
Perhaps this time the media in Sydney and, for that matter, other capital cities will give it due attention and allow the wider public of Australia the opportunity to see what it is that Miranda is doing and understand the cause that so many believe in.
As a favourable outcome for the cause is not quite here yet, the next best thing to celebrate is Miranda’s tenacity, her ability to withstand the elements and the confines of her platform whilst fighting for something she truly believes in.
As a tribute to Miranda’s 150 day mark The Kramer Krew in conjunction with Doctasaurus have put together a little presentation piece in order to celebrate, inspire and inform. I have posted it here for all to enjoy. Just click on the below image to see it. Please share it on your social media, link to it and add a comment below.
One of Miranda’s neighbours is a feral. A predator that simply does not belong in the forests of Tasmania, or anywhere for that matter. This predator goes by the name Ta Ann Tasmania, a Malaysian based multinational logging, timber products and forest destruction company.
According to the website http://taann.net – “In January 2006, Ta Ann was welcomed to Australia’s island state of Tasmania with a golden political handshake and they have since established forestry operations to sell Tasmanian wood products to customers in Japan, China and Europe.”
“Ta Ann Tasmania has rejected timber from plantations, staked its future on continued access to timber from native forests and has actively lobbied to stall an industry-wide transition to plantation harvesting. Ta Ann has received timber from the destruction of Tasmania’s world class forests, including timber from old growth forests, forests with recognised World Heritage values, threatened species habitat and other forests that are of high conservation value.”
“Ta Ann Tasmania is now the major driver of logging operations that continue to destroy large areas of old growth and high conservation value forests in Tasmania.”
The website http://taann.net was set up to highlight the plight of Tasmania’s forests at the hand of Ta Ann and the misinformation (Lies?) it provides its customers in order to sell its products.