STOP CONSUMING TIMBER THAT HAS BEEN ILLEGALLY LOGGED.
This means avoiding all tropical hardwoods. Not just from Papua New Guinea, but also Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. Over 50% of all MERBAU (kwila) harvested in PNG is eventually shipped to Australia, mainly as outdoor furniture or decking. Kwila is listed as an endangered species, categorised as “facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future.”
USE RECYCLED TIMBER OR ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS.
TELL GOVERNMENTS TO BAN THE IMPORT OF ILLEGAL TIMBER
Greenpeace reports that Australia imports $840 million of illegal timber each year, mostly from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. CLICK HERE to support the Labor Government’s 2007 and 2010 promises to “ban the import of illegally logged timber”.
DONATE TO RELIABLE NGOs AND INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE DOING GOOD WORK IN PNG
One such NGO is Childfund Australia. You can sponsor a child in PNG, or make a donation towards their work.
Note from the filmmaker
Bikpela Bagarap / Big Damage has been independently produced and funded. If you have been moved in any way by the film or the issues that it presents, please take it upon yourself to raise and spread awareness about the situation in Papua New Guinea.
The full film is available to watch for free on this website, and I am relying on YOU to spread the word. Please feel free to use social media to make people aware of this film/website and also follow/like on Facebook to help this film reach as wide an audience as possible.
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, it doesn’t make a sound”.