Gates Of Hell
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Big old Eucalyptus Viminalis is an endangered species. This tree stump had lived out a full life but the relatives of this tree around the local area are disappearing. It was approximately 600/800years old and is known to be the second tallest tree in the world. My grandson, born in Tasmania, was fortunate to view this old stump with its circumference being 22 armfuls around. This experience highlights how our children cannot have a complete understanding of the natural cycle of our native trees and the biodiversity of our local forests if it does not exist! This stump is hollow in the middle and over 1 meter high. It is the only old tree left to see how large and grand they grow.
This amazing Eucalyptus Viminalis grows north of my veranda. I often visit this tree and remember the times that I had when a young girl sitting on the shoulders of my uncle walking through a tall eucalyptus forest, and smelling the leaves when they wiped across my head. Sadly today 50 years later, that forest is gone forever. Now where I live, every day log trucks rumble past my front door shaking my house. The heartache I suffer from seeing these trees go by cannot be expressed. I can imagine how indigenous forest dwellers feel when they see there place of living, there home, being clear felled.
It must stop now. This is violating the rights of the children and all life of the future. Tipping the balance of biodiversity causes unrepairable problems such as blue green algae, water pollution and down stream devastation. They have not got it right. The only way we can save our earthly havens is to stop now and plan ahead, down size and think globally ac locally. Be sustainable in your own countries for all life forms. We cannot ruin this unique environment for newspapers in Japan. Tasmania is not a factory for the world news which becomes yesterday’s old news and waste.
February 8th, 2012
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