February 17, 2011
The pressure group 38 Degrees has just announced that its campaign to make the government change its mind on the forest sell-off has been a success. The BBC agrees too as its website ww.bbc.co.uk is reporting that the Government will be performing a U-turn in its decision to sell off Britain’s forests.
Commenting on the government scrapping plans to sell off publicly owned forests, 38 Degrees Executive Director David Babbs said:
“Some people say signing petitions and emailing MPs never changes anything. But it did this time. This is what people power looks like, and over half a million of us are feeling very proud of what we’ve achieved together today.
We will keep watching David Cameron to make sure he keeps his word. But right now it looks like fantastic news for all of us who want to keep our forests safe in public hands for future generations.”
38 Degrees’ petition to demand the government scrap the forest sell-off grew to over half a million people in since the plans were announced. The petition can be found at: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/forests/
Other key facts from the campaign include:
* Thousands of 38 Degrees members voted to launch the Save Our Forests campaign in October 2009 when the government first announced their plans
* Over 500,000 38 Degrees members signed the “Save Our Forests” petition
* Over 100,000 38 Degrees members emailed or called their MPs urging them to stop the forest sell off
* Hundreds of 38 Degrees members donated to fund a people-powered YouGov poll which found that 84% of the public wanted the forests kept in public hands
* Thousands of 38 Degrees members chipped in over £60,000 to pay for ads in national newspapers to highlight that 84% of the British public opposed the forest sale.
* Over 30 local groups around the country sprung up to campaign to stop the sell-off
* Over 220,000 38 Degrees members shared the campaign on Facebook
And if the government decides that it wants to sell the forests after all, we know of a well-orchestrated campaign in the works that will unite mountain bikers in the forests in a public show of support for our trails, trees and forest centres.
Anyway… well done everyone! Let’s hope it stays that way, eh?