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People Power Can Save our Forests

January 27th, 2011

Latest news from the Save our Forests campaign. Do help if you can by contributing to their ad fund and demonstrating in the mass lobby at Parliament in London on 9th Feb (see this post on that):

Our Save Our Forests campaign is creating a national sensation! We’ve got the media’s attention, and we can see politicians getting nervous. Now we need to ratchet this campaign up another gear, and show the government the pressure will keep on rising until they drop their plans to sell off our precious woodlands.

So far the government has tried to respond by bringing in the spin doctors and launching a “consultation”. They’re claiming that they love the forests too and there’s nothing to worry about. They’re asking for views on how our forests should be sold off – when they already know most of us don’t want them sold at all. Meanwhile they’re quietly removing legal protections for our public woodland, paving the way for privatisation. What sort of a consultation is that?

If they want to know what we think, here it is: 38 Degrees members have already funded a national survey confirming that 84% of the public think our public forests should be protected for future generations. Our enormous petition of nearly 250,000 signatures – almost three times the capacity of Wembley Stadium – proves that people care enough to speak out. Now we need to get our message where the government can’t ignore it.

Chip in to fund the ad in our national press now:

The government seems to be trying to respond to our campaign with media spin. So let’s give them a media moment they won’t soon forget:”Save Our Forests” adverts, splashed across the newspapers next week.

Imagine the impact as David Cameron opens his newspapers to see our “Save Our Forests” message: full-page adverts backed by nearly a quarter of a million signatures, in newspapers read by millions of voters.

People power can save our forests. We’ve got our campaign in the headlines, on TV and radio. Posters have sprung up in woodlands across the country. Local ‘Save our Woods’ groups are popping up everywhere. Tens of thousands of us have written to our MPs. Now let’s get together to get our message all over the national newspapers – just where the government won’t want to see it!

Click here to see a current mock-up of our ads, and make a secure donation now to put them in the national press:

Thanks for getting involved,

David Babbs

3 Responses to “People Power Can Save our Forests”

  1. It’s really heartening to see a head of steam building up behind this campaign. I’m not against everything the coalition wants to do but this is a step too far…

  2. if they go they go forever……everyone who loves the forests and what they give to us as individuals and to the planet need to get behind this

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