Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson
The latest State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventories 2018 confirms Tasmania’s native forest estate is foundational to this island’s positive emissions profile.
Our globally significant, carbon sink forests are doing the heavy lifting on climate.
The latest greenhouse accounts also confirm the huge carbon positive impact of getting loggers out of more than half a million hectares under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement in 2012-13.
It’s clear that with our relatively small population and large, remaining tracts of old forests, the single biggest contribution Tasmania can make to a safe climate is to protect native forests and reforest degraded lands.
Today, for the first time, the Premier and Minister for Climate Change, Mr Gutwein, rightly described Tasmania’s forests as a ‘carbon bank’.
His Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, is still lurching around in the dark ages with a chainsaw.
Mr Barnett persistently calls the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest set aside under the TFA a ‘wood bank’. Native forest logging is escalating on his watch.
The science tells us it takes at least a century for a logged and burned coupe to recover the carbon that’s been lost.
We don’t have a century to ensure a safe climate. These forests, our carbon bank and gift to the world, need protection.