A Walpole woman is calling on the Great Southern to join the launch of WA Forest Alliance’s latest campaign — Forests For Climate, Forests For Life. The campaign launch kicks off at 4pm this Saturday in Denmark and is expected to attract hundreds of people rallying for forest conservation. WAFA campaign director Jess Beckerling said forests were a key ally in the fight to avert climate catastrophe. “Our latest campaign is about calling on the State Government to immediately protect the forests for the incredibly important role they play in safeguarding our climate,” she said. “WAFA have been campaigning for forest protection in southern WA since 1990 and have achieved a lot over the years receiving numerous support from the WA community for forest conservation but we certainly have a long way to go.” Aboriginal elders Sandra Hill and Eugene Eades will perform a welcome to country. Musician Adam Grok and the Rastatrix Reggae band will provide the live entertainment. “Everyone is going to receive a kit that gives them the information they need to be able to speak confidently on the issue and then take a series of steps we’ve set out for them to be able to increase the power and reach of the campaign calling on forest protection,” Ms Beckerling said. “We are excited to share the excellent new WAFA website and campaign materials and will also be showing trailers of a new documentary Cry of the Forests co-produced by WAFA and Jane Hammond at Fremantle Freelance.” Ms Beckerling said fire posed a serious risk to forests, along with logging and clearing. “Along the south coast here we’ve seen some devastating fires in the Stirling Ranges and other places which are home to species that are not found elsewhere so we want to see the protection of the forests from these threatening processes which include inappropriate fire,” she said. “Right now logging and clearing are still major drivers of climate change so we want to see a pro-forestation model adopted in WA and around Australia that immediately protects mature forests.” To register, visit forestsforlife.org.au.