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Australian church groups have found the destruction of old growth forests as unethical. Father Paul Collins, a catholic priest, said according to (The age, 1995) that "To totally destroy some of the most extraordinary

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"Woodchipping in Australia, an environmental disaster, or a major source of economic revenue? Australia's native forests have been the scene of a hard fought debate between the woodchip industry and environmentalists; it's a battle that has proved to be a win-lose situation. On one hand is the forestry industry, and its need to harvest woodchips, for the lifestyle of workers and sustain a liable revenue for the economy, on the other, determined environmentalists hoping to put an end to what they believe is an unsustainable, ruthless industry, for the sake of keeping the environment and it's creature intact for future generations. This essay will look at the forestry industry and the environmentalists and there contrasting views on the issue of woodchipping and furthermore what the Catholic Church has to say on the issue. The fiery debate between the forestry workers and those concerned with the environment, really took off in 1995, when the issue was brought up by the government. (The age, 1995, pg 3) reports that a proposal was set forth by the Australian government to expand the woodchip industry by granting two more woodchip licenses to companies, thus meaning that 'gross export would rise to 6.7 million tonnes a year'�. ...read more.

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the form of a worker or the family of the worker and the closing down of the mill will force workers to look elsewhere for work, this may prove to a problem for the worker especially if they have no experience of anything outside of forestry, hence jeopardising the future of the worker and their family, "We must pay more attention to the one who works than to what the worker does. The self-realization of the human person is the measure of what is right and wrong". (On human work, Donders translation #6). Many sawmills have been owned and run by families for many generations and if they were to lose this source of income, it would mean the end of a long tradition and may spell the end of a small town that relies on forestry. "The worker must be paid, to support him and his family" (The fortieth year, #71) The industry also claims that timber harvesting is carefully managed� with streamside vegetation kept in tact to avoid erosion of creeks and rivers, and most harvested areas are regenerated to attract birds and animals back. "To commit oneself to the promotion of a sound and healthy environment for all is to follow God's plan for creation, a plan entrusted to us from the beginning." ...read more.

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(Economic Justice for all, #34). Conservationists argue that woodchipping is not a sustainable industry and that chips are low value exports at only $80 a tonne?. The revenue from the felling of publicly-owned timber was far less than the administration costs Many of the trees that meet the needs of the woodchip industry are usually centuries old, and may have developed hollows splits and rotten centres, which are the characteristics of a perfect habitat for many birds and animals. Timber harvesting reduces water quality and quantity. During rain storms tonnes of earth from logging coupes are washed into streams, causing silitation, which in turn kills many fish and aquatic species. "To commit oneself to the promotion of a sound and healthy environment for all is to follow God's plan for creation, a plan entrusted to us from the beginning." (Sister Marjorie Keenan) In conclusion it is evident that both sides voice a strong opinion for their side of the story, but the churches view aslso has to be taken into consideration. There is enough evidence that the church does support various aspects of both sides of the issues. However the church teachings because the environmentalists make up scientists and importantly the general public as appose to the industry which mostly makes up forestry workers and owners. ...read more.

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