Thursday, February 17, 2011

Re-posting: Save Our Forests

WE'VE WON! The government has just confirmed they're totally scrapping the forest sell-off. The phony consultation has been canceled. The sinister legal changes to pave the way for privatization have been dropped.

We did this together. Next time someone tries to tell any of us that signing petitions or emailing our MPs doesn’t work, we’ll know exactly what to say: “People power does work. Just look at the Save Our Forests campaign”.

Over half a million of us can feel very proud of what we've achieved together today.

On the 38 Degrees Facebook page, members are celebrating. Fiona, for example, says "Fantastic news! And great for letting people see that actually there IS something they can do when they don't like what the government does, and their protest can make a difference!" Even Sky News seems to agree: "This is a great example of people power".

38 Degrees members voted to start this campaign. We knew that making forests safe for future generations was something worth fighting for. So we signed the petition, emailed our MPs, put up posters in our local woodlands, organized local events, and chipped in for a people-powered opinion poll and national newspaper ads.

Local groups joined in, as did national organizations like the National Trust, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace, and celebrities who spoke out in the press. Together we stopped the sell-off plans.

We need to keep an eye on what happens next, but we've shown that if forests are under threat, people power can come to the rescue. Right now, let's celebrate that we forced the government to back down from plans to sell up to 100% of our woodlands!
 Thanks for everything you did to save our forests,
David, Hannah, Johnny and the 38 Degrees team
Here are some more news links below:
The Guardian 
BBC News
Independent

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