The Kritic

‘Inspirational’ Category

Miranda Gibson

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.

150 Days

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.

If you would like to dob in Ta Ann for selling Tasmania’s magnificent forests as ‘eco’ wood you can Take Action Now through the http://taann.net website

What does it take to be someone’s hero?

According to Merriam-Webster when I look up “Hero” I get the following:

Definition of HERO

1.

a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b : an illustrious warrior
c : a person admired for their achievements and noble qualities
d : one who shows great courage

Admiring a person for their achievements and noble qualities – I like that. In doing so it must also be said that they are inspirational, at least to the admirer.

Miranda Gibson

Currently my hero is Miranda Gibson(B.A. B.Ed) Not only is she inspiring, her achievements are outstanding in the community, nationally and internationally.  Her most endearing quality is her modesty about her achievements.

Miranda is currently on her 66th Day on a platform situated 60m above the ground in an old-growth Eucalyptus Delegatensis tree, in the heart of Tasmania’s southern forests.

Why is she up there? Well Miranda, and thousands of others (The Kritic included), believe wholeheartedly in protecting the Native Forests of Tasmania.

In a recent post from her blog – Observer Tree (updated from the tree) Miranda responded to comments she received saying things such as “What you are doing is so amazing”  …. “your action will go down in history” …. “I wish I had the courage that you have”….. “I wish I could do what you do” …. “you are a true hero”.

Miranda posted…

“Please don’t think that I am something special, that I am living a life you couldn’t live, doing things you couldn’t do. Sure, maybe you aren’t able to climb up into these trees. But you can still speak up for these forests (and the other things that are important to you too). In what ever way that you can.”

“…So please, next time you think that I am a hero, remember that you are a hero too! Next time you feel glad that I’m up here defending the forests, remember that I am doing this WITH you. And that only together will we be able to make a difference.”

So as Miranda says “Be my hero!!!“. It doesn’t matter what environmental cause you choose to support it just matters that you choose to support the environment.

So let’s all get out there and be Environmental Heroes.