Forests

Forest Advocacy Ministry

A desperate need, and an exciting opportunity, to protect God’s good Creation

New chaplaincy!

 

We are excited to announce the Koala Chaplaincy project! Focussed around the area of the proposed Great Koala National Park, the project aims to care for forest defenders, support collaboration between groups working to protect the forests, and advocate for the care of forests to reflect the unceded sovereignty of First Nations Peoples.

Jason John is our part-time Forest Chaplain, funded by the Quaker Jan de Voogd Peace Fund and the Uniting Church. Jason provides care and support to forest defenders. He also resources two regular faith gatherings in the Gleniffer area.

Jason was inducted into his role as Forest Chaplain on Sunday February 18. See article and photo gallery

Find out more about:
The Koala Chaplaincy project 
The Forest Chaplain 
Resources for forest defenders and supporters

Vision and goals for the Forest Advocacy Ministry

  • Work with others to achieve protection and connection of high quality forest habitat, including but not limited to a rapid end to industrial native forest logging across NSW.
  • Offer pastoral care and support to forest defenders.
  • Acknowledge, encourage and support spiritual connection with the earth/Earth.
  • Increase the involvement of Christians in efforts for forest protection.

We acknowledge that the ministry is on Aboriginal land and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We echo the calls for the care of forests to reflect the unceded sovereignty of First Nations Peoples.

We support the protection of koala habitat and other threatened species habitat in both native forests and plantations. We want government to assess both plantation and native forest compartments within the proposed Great Koala National Park for their habitat and connectivity value and consider them for inclusion in the Park.

See also shorter Forest Advocacy Ministry video (2 mins 38 seconds) here.

Donate

Help us to support forest friends and defenders on the NSW north coast and engage the wider church in the importance of protecting our forests. The ministry will also provide resources and opportunities to connect with Creation.

Give to our crowdfunder
https://www.gofundme.com/f/forest-advocacy-ministry

Give by direct deposit
BSB: 634 634
Account number: 100045736
Account Name: Mid North Coast Presbytery General Account
Reference: Forest Advocate

We direct 10 percent of the ministry’s donations to acknowledging the unceded sovereignty of the Gumbaynggirr People in the region where we have held our activities, and ensure that leaders who share their welcome and wisdom with us are adequately compensated for their time.

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Become a citizen scientist

Wherever you live, you can join citizen scientists to help to protect remnant native forest inside plantation areas. Help online from your home or in the forests. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.

Advocate

Write to Premier Chris Minns and ask him to stop the logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park area.

Join or support a local forest friends group - see more info here.

Photos:
forest defenders and supporters- Jon O’Brien
forest canopy- Phil Dokmanovic
bleeding sap- Jason John
dancing tree- source unknown
citizen scientists- Miriam Pepper
logged stump- Jason John

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