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Greens congratulate Miranda Gibson for record campaign to save forests

Media Release
Christine Milne 7 Mar 2013

The Australian Greens congratulate and pay tribute to Miranda Gibson for her tireless campaign to protect Tasmania's magnificent forests.

Miranda has been living in the Observer Tree in the southern forests of Tasmania for a record 451 days. This is a significant milestone for conservation and is now the longest running tree sit in Australian history.

"I would like to congratulate Miranda for the outstanding contributions she has made towards protecting Tasmania's native forests from logging and for her strong advocacy for World Heritage listing," Senator Christine Milne said.

"I know this is a difficult decision for Miranda to leave the Observer Tree after 451 days, but I know that her campaign to protect our native forests will continue now she is on the ground.

"Miranda is a dedicated and passionate environmental activist who has played a significant role in highlighting the hypocrisy of the Federal Government nominating forests for world heritage listing whilst continuing to allow to logging to go ahead in the nominated area.

"Miranda's global outreach has been a constant reminder that Tasmania's global reputation as an area of great beauty and wilderness is at risk if logging continues.

"Earlier this year I visited Miranda in the Observer Tree 60 metres above the ground.

"Standing on Miranda's platform looking out over the forests was both an awe inspiring and challenging experience she has lived on the platform through rain, snow and wild winter conditions and I have the upmost admiration for her courage and determination."

The Greens encourage people to continue to support Miranda at www.observertree.org by calling on Minister Burke and the Prime Minister to stop logging in forests that have been nominated for World Heritage Protection.  

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