Forests For Climate: The Voice On The Crane

My name is Daniel Holland, I’m a freelance artist. My Dad is from Abau, Central Province and Mum from Popondetta, Northern Province, Papua New Guinea.I live in Port Moresby and am a volunteer activist with Greenpeace. My first action was in the Pacific Ocean a few months ago, campaigning on the overfishing of tuna in the international waters between Pacific Island countries.Now in my own country, Papua New Guinea, the Esperanza is here doing forest campaigning and I’m proud to be part of it. I’m in the climb team that climbed the crane of the ship and hung the big banner that said “Protect Forests Save Our Climate’.

It’s a new experience and I like it.

I know exactly how these people feel, it’s painful. I had an experience a bit similar to these people.

At my place, because of the money some people don’t find out who the real landowners are and they bring companies in. Me and my brother got rid of the logging out of our area and saved our forest a few years ago.

I learned about this area when a report came out by CELCOR (Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights) and I knew these people around here were in trouble.

This was a good opportunity to help be a voice for them out here.

I’m a landowner myself in my village and to help another countryman be the voice on the crane with the banner was really good. I want the country and the world to know what is happening in this area with the illegal logging of our forests and to its people.

  • Ms Gail Herbert

    To Daniel Holland:
    I have great concerns about overfishing, and it worries me that humans are so greedy.

    I’m glad you are able to tell the world about overfishing and the illegal loggers in PNG, but it is unclear where the areas are that you spoke about in your message. One was near where you live (Port Moresby area?) but it is unclear where the latest area is that you are concerned about?

    I also have concerns about the company Gunns, who seem determined to devastate Tasmania’s old growth forests and destroy their wildlife, and also wish to pollute a river with a pulp mill. I do hope they can be stopped.

    Well done for the environmental work you have done with Greenpeace.
    Gail Herbert, Blackheath NSW Australia – Wed 10 September 2008