forests for climate

we urgently need to protect what’s left

We can prevent up to:

60,000,000

Tonnes of co2 from being emitted over 10 years by ending native forest logging.

This is the equivalent of taking

1,200,000

cars off the road, every year.

For 10 years.

Forests are a major part of the climate system. They bring rain, provide shade and remove carbon from the atmosphere.

The science is clear that to keep global warming below 2° C we must protect native forests but logging and clearing continue, emitting carbon and destroying a vital carbon sink.

Stopping logging in Western Australia’s south-west forests has the potential to prevent 40 – 60 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent from being emitted over 10 years.

You can read more about the science of forests and climate here.

Stopping logging in Western Australia’s south-west forests has the potential to prevent 40 – 60 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent from being emitted over 10 years.

You can read more about the science of forests and climate here.

Logging and clearing are still major drivers of climate change, but when forests are protected, they will be a key part of the solution.

Every year, about 85% of all the wood sold from WA’s native forests becomes woodchips, firewood, charcoal and mill waste, which quickly release their stored carbon back into the atmosphere.

The regrowth forest that replaces the old forest will take at least 150 years to reach 90% of the original forest’s carbon carrying capacity.

As the climate warms and dries, we need old forests more than ever – and they need us too.

As climate change intensifies, forests are suffering from the effects of increasingly intense fires; drought and heat stress and they are becoming less resilient to disease, insect attack and other stressors. We need to protect them from logging, clearing and inappropriate fire and give them the best chance of adapting to decreasing rainfall and increasing temperatures, for their own sake, and ours.

At a local level, native forests make the South West more resilient to the effects of climate change. They bring rain, keep temperatures down and protect rivers and streams. They provide for wildlife and biodiversity and offer us hope and sanctuary. They are safeguarding our climate, wildlife and water. They need us to stand up for them.

Together we can protect what’s left.

  1. Organising a grassroots forests for climate movement. You can join us here
  2. Informing Australians about the benefits of protecting forests for climate and for life
  3. Producing a documentary ‘Cry of the Forests’, to inspire people to take action 
  4. Building allliances and working with other NGO’s to strengthen the Forests for Climate message
  5. Building a case for protecting forests for climate
  6. Promoting our Forests For Life plan to develop the farm forestry sector

Logging and clearing are still major drivers of climate change, but when forests are protected, they will be a key part of the solution.

Every year, about 85% of all the wood sold from WA’s native forests becomes woodchips, firewood, charcoal and mill waste, which quickly release their stored carbon back into the atmosphere.

And the regrowth forest that replaces the old forest will take at least 150 years to reach 90% of the original forest’s carbon carrying capacity.

As the climate warms and dries, we need old forests more than ever – and they need us too.

As climate change intensifies, forests are suffering from the effects of increasingly intense fires; drought and heat stress and they are becoming less resilient to disease, insect attack and other stressors. We need to protect them from logging, clearing and inappropriate fire and give them the best chance of adapting to decreasing rainfall and increasing temperatures, for their own sake, and ours.

At a local level, native forests make the South West more resilient to the effects of climate change. They bring rain, keep temperatures down and protect rivers and streams. They provide for wildlife and biodiversity and offer us hope and sanctuary. They are safeguarding our climate, wildlife and water. They need us to stand up for them.

  1. Organising a grassroots forests for climate movement. You can join us here
  2. Informing Australians about the benefits of protecting forests for climate and for life
  3. Producing a documentary ‘Cry of the Forests’, to inspire people to take action 
  4. Building allliances and working with other NGO’s to strengthen the Forests for Climate message
  5. Building a case for protecting forests for climate
  6. Promoting our Forests For Life plan to develop the farm forestry sector

cry of the forests

We know that powerful stories are best told through film.

Help us tell the story of the plight of our South West forests and their immense value in the battle to mitigate and build resilience to dangerous climate change.

The WA Forest Alliance has partnered with award winning filmmaker Jane Hammond to produce a visually stunning and compelling new documentary film that will change the way we see our native forests.

Please donate to make sure we can complete this crucial film and get its Forests for Climate, Forests for Life, message out far and wide.

Western Australia’s South West forests are part of one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and are recognised for their ability to capture and store carbon. Yet instead of preserving them we are cutting them down at the rate of 10 football fields every single day.

More than 85 per cent of the timber cut is turned into low-value products like woodchips, firewood and charcoal.

We can do better than this!

What if instead of seeing our forests as a resource to trash and burn we recognised their huge value in helping combat climate change?

Our forests also play a vital role in creating rainfall and provide critical habitat for endangered species like numbats, mainland quokkas and our iconic black cockatoos. They are also key to industries like eco-tourism and honey production and have their own incalculable intrinsic value. In short, our forests are worth more standing than as low-value products to be bulldozed and burned.

But we must act quickly to protect what is left of our precious forests. We need your help to get this story out and to build a massive social impact campaign around the film. In the run-up to the WA state election help us put this issue firmly on the political agenda.

Cry of the Forests will take viewers to the heart of the forests to see first-hand the beauty of these towering ecosystems and the life they support. Here we also witness the destruction of these special places and we meet the locals, farmers, scientists and others fighting for the forests and ultimately life on earth.

This film will engage and enrage viewers, compelling them to take action.

Please donate to help us complete, distribute and amplify this ambitious and vital project.