When asked why she is braving the elements and law enforcement, tree sitter Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky sited Climate Change. She said, "it's important to be here right now because deforestation is a leading cause of climate change, second only to fossil fuel emissions."
She went on to mention the rally on Friday and to urge everyone - world wide - to call governor Kulongoski tomorrow for the day of action. According to a recent study, northwest forests store more carbon per acre than any other forest in the world. Jasmine said, "Oregon has a global responsibility to do all we can to protect our carbon rich mature forest."
The sit has been threatened twice by police since going up early Tuesday morning. Tuesday night a state police officer asked Jasmine to descend, she declined for safety reasons and the officer left until morning. On Wednesday morning, three state police visited. This visit however, was relieving rather than threatening. The lead officer seemed to be most concerned with Jasmine's safety and the safety of the tree. He said that after she descends on Friday an inspector will asses the tree for damage and she could be cited with criminal mischief.
Jasmine will descend on Friday at 1:00pm and address the rally crowd at 1:10pm.
Finally she said, "Friday needs to be culmination of our efforts, with a rally and lots of phone calls to governor Kulongoski."
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