As of December 14th 2012, Miranda Gibson has lived on a 60-metre-high platform in a gum tree for an entire year. She has braved sun, wind, rain and snow, protected only by a small canopy. Living in “the Observer Tree” in the Styx Valley in the remote southwest of Tasmania, she plans to mark the anniversary with a “world wide cyber event”.
Gibson is a trained schoolteacher representing the grassroots activist group Still Wild Still Threatened. She is attempting to protect the area from logging and draw widespread attention to the destruction of native forests in the island state.
This task has been lent added impetus by the proposed Tasmanian forestry “peace deal”, recently announced. This deal aims to protect over half-a-million hectares of forest, but the implementation process leaves enough uncertainties to keep Gibson up the tree for the time being.