3 –9 of July — nie odPUSZCZAmy !
(website about Białowieża Forest in english – http://save-bialowieza.net/ )
This week, UNESCO meets in Cracow, Poland, to discuss the future of the Bialowieza Forest as a World Heritage Site. Let them know that the whole world is watching!
After years of efforts to limit the scale of logging and increase the amount of protected areas in Białowieża Forest, the current Polish Government has taken a radically different direction. Using the outbreak of the spruce bark beetle as an excuse, intensive logging has begun in pristine parts of the Forest. In the first four months of 2017 over 10 thousand trees have been cut down in parts of the Forest with the oldest, over 100 years old trees.
The recently imposed legal ban on entering major parts of the
Forest serves to prevent citizen control of the intensified logging. Białowieża Forest, the last natural forest of European lowlands, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to European bison and thousands other species, is now in danger.
What is our response?
We have set up the camp to stop the devastation of the Forest and advocate for turning it into a national park. In the face of intensified logging direct action is needed.
What can you do?
→ Join the International Solidarity Week (3-9 of July) and organise locally a demonstration or happening demanding full protection of the Białowieża Forest.
→ Come to Białowieża and join us,we need as many people as possible to build the critical mass!
→ You can stay in the camp and we also recommend local housing and local restaurants in order to support
the local community which is struggling because of government actions
→ Spread the word and ask your local media to contact us,to put the Forest devastation in the spotlight
→ Support us with a donation to fund organisation of the camp, materials needed for peaceful actions and legal aid for the activists.
who are we?
A group of activists, supported by environmental NGOs, scientists and the local community. What brings us together is a commitment to protect the primeval Forest as a common good, defending it against the exploitative logic of the market.