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Save Our Forests Update

July 1, 2011

Just a few months ago, over half a million of us came together to win an incredible victory. Against the odds we convinced the government to abandon their plans to sell our forests. [1] Together, we sounded the alarm with a massive petition, thousands of emails to MPs and national newspaper ads. People power worked!

But our forests could still be at risk. When the government abandoned their forest sell-off plans, they said they’d set up an “independent panel of experts” to help decide the future of our woodlands. Now, the panel is up and running. They’ve said theywant to hear ideas from thousands of us about the best way to protect our beautiful forests for our children and grandchildren. [2]

The panel has just started work. But we know they answer to the same minister who cooked up the plans to sell the forests in the first place. So, although the panel could make sensible plans for our woodlands’ future, they could be under pressure to rubber-stamp more sell-offs. Together, we can stop that happening.

We don’t have long. We’ve got until the end of July to answer their questions about our woodlands. We need to make sure that they get tens of thousands of messages telling them how much we love our woods, as places to play, walk, cycle, learn and much more.

Can you take 2 minutes to answer the panel’s questions now? A flood of messages will show the panel that the public wants our forests protected, not sold off to private companies. We’ll collect all our answers together, and hand them over to the panel as a huge, people-powered message – protect our forests:

The questions the panel are asking aren’t complicated and you don’t need to be an expert to answer them. Anybody who cares about our forests can have a say. They’re asking things like, “what do forests and woods mean to you?” There are five questions all together. But if you’ve only got time to answer one or two, that’s fine as well.

Over half a million 38 Degrees members have already done an incredible job of protecting our woodlands. Now, we need to work together to make sure this panel knows how many of us care about our forests, and don’t want the government to try to go ahead with another sell-off.

Please take 2 minutes now and send your message to the forestry panel now

Thanks for getting involved,

PS We’ve only got a few weeks to respond to the panel, so please send your message now. Get started here:

[1] The Government scrapped plans to sell off the forests after 38 Degrees members mobilised:
[2] More information on the Forestry Panel:
[3] Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will hear recommendations from the Panel before making further decisions on our forests
[4] More information on the Forestry Panel’s call for views:
[5] You can add your thoughts about this campaign on the 38 Degrees blog:

One Comment leave one →
  1. P.V.Ramarao permalink
    August 5, 2011 2:50 pm

    sir, our orissa is in very critical poasition, people a small amount have enough money-do’t want to work and develop forest/gardens/plants. poor people don’t have land, even they have land they were not interest to plant trees as less return immediately and long range plane. Rich people have land and waiting to convert land to real estate business, no need to make jungle.

    we are shouting to save our globe, save encironment, but these words are not reaching to the people who want to convert their land to real estate business land, Keeping idle , waiting for potential party to sell thier land for plots.

    Our government, buracrates are busy with thier routine works, attending meetings at capital, forest dept became lazy and not getting TA bill approved which was made earlier as per rules and regulations.

    Is it possible to make a dedicated team with good people to lead this forest dept. and some NGO’s.


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