Netflix Backs Planet-Killing Show – Unacceptable

SAN FRANCISCO — An upcoming Netflix series, Big Timber, glorifies the annihilation of Vancouver Island’s rare and indispensable old-growth rainforests. Revolting.

British Columbia (BC), Canada, has about one percent of its old-growth forests intact. Vancouver Island, BC, the world’s forty-third largest island, has been cutover within an inch of its life.

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A sacred old-growth western redcedar in unceded Pacheedaht Territory of southern Vancouver Island.
Credit: TJ Watt

The few unharmed stands of old-growth on Vancouver Island create coveted clouds, which reflect incoming radiation and help keep the planet within a habitable range of temperatures. Those hallowed rainforests are crucial habitat for endangered marbled murrelets, little brown bats, northern bats, black swifts and scarce sockeye salmon.

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A 1500-year-old yellow cedar, dubbed Titania (great one), thriving in the unprotected headwaters of Fairy Creek, near Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island. The logging company Teal Jones intends to clearcut all the ancient ones. Credit: TJ Watt

Old-growth rainforests are bastions of freshwater. Freshwater is king in a man-made overheated world. Old-growth forests are vital intercontinental rain-makers that nourish our food crops. 

Quite simply, old-growth is invaluable. These breathing, dripping, wildlife-rich biodiverse shrines are Mother Earth’s grandest oxygen-makers, best carbon warehouses, finest air conditioners and incomparable climate stabilisers

Godawful Canadian and US northwest heatwaves. The Science Show, ABC Radio National

Deadly heatwaves are now hotterlonger-lasting and more frequent. The recent Pacific Northwest heatwave seared more than a billion Salish Sea tidal creatures. A fortnight later, the stench of death lingers.

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Credit: Peter Carter, Climate Emergency Institute

To deliberately ruin the remaining old-growth-rainforests is the crime of all crimes, ecological obliteration.

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In addition to humans, there are two million known forms of planetary life that are interconnected, interdependent and interrelated. We need these two million kinds in order to survive. The two million species, on the other hand, do not need us.

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couple hundred species are going extinct each day. Half of all lifeforms are facing extinction. A quarter, 250,000, risk being wiped out before midcentury. Terrifying!

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Members of the Fairy Creek Blockade occupy a logging road, preventing loggers for Teal Jones timber company from moving into one of Vancouver Island’s last old-growth watersheds. Credit: Ken Dawson

Destroying sanctified ancient western red and yellow cedars, and lauding the planet-killers on-camera, is morally repugnant. 

That’s why the Ancient Forest Alliance, Vancouver Island, and the Bob Brown Foundation, Tasmania, Australia, have intrepid treesitters and old-growth blockades in place.

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A brave Gen Z treesitter defending Gondwanaland’s old-growth rainforest, takayna/Tarkine, Tasmania, from bulldozers, chainsaws, napalming and Chinese miners. Credit: Bob Brown Foundation

The line along the old-growth forest floor is unambiguous: You either love Mother Earth, or, you do not. Those that love our Mother will defend her with ALL our might!

We the people have the power. Together, we are an unstoppable force for goodness to protect all earthbound life.

If enough Mother Earth lovers take three minutes, handwrite and mail a letter (with a stamp) to the co-CEO of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, demanding that Netflix remove Big Timber, the company will capitulate. No big trees. No life.

Agitate. Disrupt. Defend.

co-CEO Ted Sarandos
Netflix Headquarters
100 Winchester Circle
Los Gatos, CA, USA 95032-1815

RE: Big Timber

July 10, 2021

I am a concerned citizen appalled that Netflix is promoting the annihilation of Earth’s final and best climate stabilisers, Vancouver Island’s old-growth rainforests.

I urge you, Mr Sarandos, to cancel Big Timber. Netflix must do better to promote safeguarding Mother Earth and all its existing lifeforms, in the midst of this hideous man-driven Sixth Mass Extinction, and the accelerating man-made climate crisis.

The June, 2021, Pacific Northwest heatwave has boiled more than one billion Salish Sea tidal creatures.

Minus the old-growth rainforests, we are doomed imminently.

In Strength,


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Reese Halter is a forest/ocean defender.
His latest book is GenZ Emergency.
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