There is nothing so relaxing or awe inspiring than to visit the bush. Last weekend I went to the Toolangi forest in Victoria where the beautiful mountain ash forest is the last remaining habitat of the critically endangered leadbeater possum.
They live in the hollows of old trees which are disappearing as the loggers continue to destroy the area for pulp and paper. Honestly, you would think in an era of climate change that the carbon dense forest would be saved as a big contribution to climate action and preservation of plants and animals as well as co benefits of providing Melbourne with water and recreation.
If you have never seen a leadbeater possum, let me tell you, they are are soooo cute. We need to make the area a National Park so that these wonderful animals, Victoria’s faunal emblem will be saved. It is incredible that after thinking they were extinct they were rediscovered in 1961 and now are being deliberately driven to extinction by state sponsored logging.
Vic forests is losing money whilst wiping out possum habitat. I was incredibly lucky to enjoy a close encounter with a leadbeater at Healesville sanctuary after catching up with local campaigners and the Knitting Nannas. Isn’t it great that they are using their skills to draw attention to the web of llife and the future for their grandchildren? They remind me of the wonderful women knitting against coal seam gas. Women at work for nature are inspiring.