Miranda’s Daily Blog: Day 52
So, I guess it’s official. The Observer Tree is going down in history. Today marks day 52 of my time at the top of this tree, making me the new holder of the Tasmanian record for the longest time in a tree. How does it feel to be the new record holder? Well, to be honest, I wish I wasn’t. I wish I didn’t have to spend the last 52 days in this tree watching over this forest…. Because I shouldn’t have to. This forest should have been protected. It is a shame that Peck had to sit in a tree almost five years ago, just over the ridge there, in the middle of the Styx valley, for 51 days. It is a shame that it still needs to be done today. After all the promises made by the government… that these forests still remain under threat.
Although it’s a shame that I have to be here, I’m glad that I am doing it. If the government is going to continue to break their promise and if Ta Ann are going to keep pushing the destruction of these forests… then I just cannot stand by. I do not want to see these forests lost forever. I do not want to see these forests lost in silence, behind locked gates, out of view from the public. These past weeks have been an inspiration, as I have been able to show this forest to people all around the world and I have seen the level of support for these forests that is truly out there.
These past 52 days have been some of the most amazing times. Connecting with this tree and this forest. Getting to know the insects, the birds and animals here. Getting to feel like I am a part of this forest. It has of course held some of challenging times too. Hearing trees felled as logging continues in the area adjacent to me as been difficult on a daily basis. And not knowing how long it will be until the forest is protected. The signing of a false “conservation agreement” that saw no end to the logging of high conservation value forests was also a difficult moment. To hear that an agreement had been finally made, as we had all been waiting for… only to find out that it would allow logging to continue as usual, was devastating. Especially as I sat here and watched over this forests, knowing it has come so close to being protected and now it could be lost forever, all because of the government’s failed promise.
Everyone who supports The Observer Tree, I’d love your support for our upcoming global 24 hours of action. Please get on board, take part in this easy action and help send a message to the companies involved. Help me to show to them that there are people all around the world who want to see these forests protected.
I had a chat to Peck last night. He offered his support for what I am doing. And he also felt that it is such a shame that these kinds of actions are still needed in Tasmania. When will this end? When will these forests be safe?
Check out this footage from Peck’s tree sit: