More Forest Sell Off stuff from 38 Degrees

Posted: August 16, 2011 in 2011, General
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Two weeks ago, more than 30,000 of us responded to the government’s forests panel. [1] Lots of us shared the same views: we don’t want our forests sold off, and we want them to be properly looked after for future generations.

Now, because so many of us got involved, the forest panel has said they’ll meet with us in the next few weeks. That means we’ve got another big chance to make sure they back the best plans for the future of our forests.

We won’t have long to share our ideas with the panel at the meeting. But we can tell them our priorities. That’s why we need to get together quickly and share ideas about what we want for our forests. We’ll collect the ideas, photographs, drawings and stories about how we want our forests protected for the future using the 38 Degrees website. Then we’ll gather them all together and take them to the meeting.

Can you organise a get-together in your local woods, forest or park with other 38 Degrees members? It doesn’t take long to set one up, and there’s lots of help available on the 38 Degrees website. Click here to find out more about organising one:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/forest-get-together

We don’t have long until we take our messages to the panel. It was a huge people-powered campaign that stopped the forests from being sold off. [2] Now, we need to deliver a people-powered message to the panel to make sure our woods are protected in the future.

When we sit down with the panel, we’ll only have a few minutes to tell them how tens of thousands of us want them to look after our forests. But imagine the reaction in the room when we show them photos, stories, drawings and videos from our get-togethers in England’s forests. They’ll understand why hundreds of thousands of us got together to stop the sell-off. We can make our message the most powerful they receive.

We’ll use the panel’s own questions about forests to start us off. But instead of just writing answers down, we’ll bringing our ideas to life with photos, videos and stories about our own experiences of England’s woodlands.

Learn more about organising an event about the future of our forests here:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/forest-get-together

38 Degrees members have a great track record when it comes to getting together to stand up for the things we care about. Thousands of us have met up over the last few months to handover the Save Our NHS petition to our MPs. [3] And after we worked together to stop the forests sell-off, we got together to celebrate successfully saving our woods. [4]

We need to move fast to decide what to tell the panel about what we want for the future of our forests. Find out more about organising a forest get-together here:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/forest-get-together

Thanks for being involved,

Hannah, Johnny, Marie, David, Cian, Becky and the 38 Degrees team

PS If you can’t organise an event this time, then there are other ways to be involved. You can chip in to help keep the campaign to protect our forests going by clicking here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/forests-event-donate

NOTES
[1] http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2011/07/28/thousands-submit-forestry-panel-ideas/
[2] http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2011/02/17/victory-government-to-scrap-plans-to-sell-our-forests/
[3] http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/tag/nhs-petition-hand-ins/
[4] http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2011/03/11/celebrate-our-forests-2/

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