Heritage Heroes – Australia
Geoff Law & Heidi Lee Douglas
Douglas & Law in the Tasmanian Primeval Forest.
Photography: Michael Schaab
Australia, Tasmanian Wilderness
(Mixed Cultural and Natural World Heritage *1982; Extended in 1989, 2010, 2012, 2013)
"We are the spokespeople for nature." (Geoff Law)
Together with many allies, Geoff Law, Campaign Manager of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society (1999 – 2008), and Heidi Lee Douglas, documentary filmmaker, have been fighting for the preservation of the Tasmanian Wilderness.
The campaigns and actions to stop the Franklin River Dam in 1982 marked the beginning of a national demonstration and of Geoff Law’s commitment of more than 30 years. His unfaltering efforts contributed towards maintaining today’s protected area of West Tasmania intact.
With revealing images, Heidi Lee Douglas illustrated for the first time the extent of destruction in the primeval forests caused by the forestry industry. Her documentaries sparked much attention in the local and international press and served as evidence in court proceedings. They became a trademark of the battle for the valuable Giant Eucalyptus and Huon Pine Forest.
Alike Law and Douglas nature conservationists still inspire with their actions, such as through the online campaign “The World Stands Up to Defend World Heritage“ that promoted the status quo of the previously
extended boundaries of the UNESCO World Heritage site.