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Video Clip
Alpine Protest [1:05]
Network
ABC News
Broadcast
11th January 1980
Summary
Demonstration to save Victoria's alpine forests, 1980
Download Clip [3.76 MB]
Learning Area
English, Geography, History, Science
Strand/s
Media, Reading and viewing, Historical knowledge and understanding, Life and living
Year/s
10-12

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Description

This clip, from ABC News, highlights a protest in central Melbourne that was carried out to draw attention to the plight of Victoria's alpine forests. This 1980 report filed by reporter Graham World features demonstrators carrying a 'coffin' filled with eucalyptus seedlings to the steps of Victoria's parliament house.

Educational Value

This clip is a valuable resource for the historical study of the environment movement. It shows a protest in 1980 against logging of mountain ash in the Alpine National Park in Victoria.

This demonstration is significant in the way that it uses a theatrical technique to draw attention to the potential loss of one of Australia's native alpine trees, the mountain ash. Those involved in the mock funeral were prevented from carrying the coffin filled with eucalypt seedlings to the top of the Parliament House steps in Spring St, Melbourne. They nevertheless spoke to the media, paraded the coffin along the front of the steps, and handed out seedlings to passers-by. They then continued on into the city to spread their message.

Linda Parlane, spokesperson for the group, explains that its aim is to stop the logging of stands of precious mountain ash, a species she says is 'crucial to the integrity' of the whole alpine area.

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History of the Environment Movement

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