John Butler to perform at special film screening supporting WA’s forests

An outdoor screening of the award-winning documentary 'Cry of the Forests'

John Butler will perform in Western Australia later this month, at an event aiming to raise awareness about the destruction of the state’s native forests.

Taking place at Heritage Park in Manjimup on Saturday January 23, the event will also feature a special screening of new film Cry Of The Forests.

Released late last year, the documentary focuses on the role that WA’s forests have in reducing carbon emissions, and the logging to which they are currently subject.

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Butler – an outspoken environmentalist – is slated to appear for a live set ahead of the film’s screening.

In a press statement today (January 6), Butler supported the film and event, saying WA’s surviving native forests need more protection.

“We are already feeling the impacts of climate change in the South West with our streams drying up and our rainfall diminishing,” he said.

“One of the easiest and most effective ways to mitigate the impacts of climate change is to end all native forest logging. Forests, especially old forests store huge amounts of carbon and draw carbon out of the atmosphere, yet we are still cutting them down for firewood, charcoal and wastepaper products.”

Filmmaker Jane Hammond said the screening alongside Butler’s performance would make for “a memorable night”.

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The evening’s other musical guests include The Nomadics, Lemon Myrtle, Chief Monkey, Not Just Charlie (Formidable Vegetable) and the Nannas’ Choir.

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