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Pedder 2000 Campaign sticker 'Pull the Plug on Pedder'

1997.0003.0005

Pedder 2000 Campaign sticker 'Pull the Plug on Pedder'

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Campaign material. Campaign sticker printed with Vortex Logo 'Pull the Plug on Pedder'

Statement of significance

This collection contains objects related to Pedder 2000 Campaign. These include a Pedder 2000 Campaign T-shirt, three examples of campaign stickers, four examples of food packaging promotional material, a label for a 1.5 litre water container of "Lake Pedder Still Table Water" and a study group report (with related ephemera) titled "Restoration, Geomorphology, History and Restoration".

The Pedder 2000 campaign, launched in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1994, followed several significant events: the first, in1993, was the release of scientific studies which revealed that, beneath fifteen metres of water, the features of the Lake Pedder area ? including beach, dunes and the channel of the Serpentine River ? lay intact under a few millimetres of silt. Then, in 1994, the General Assembly of the The World Conservation Union (IUCN) meeting in Buenos Aires passed a resolution calling for the restoration of the lake and, finally, Comalco aluminium smelter, Tasmania's largest bulk electricity consumer, closed the third potline at its Bell Bay smelter resulting in a state power surplus of 130megawats. Originally a pristine, freshwater lake, formed by mountain glacier deposits, in Tasmania's south-west, Lake Pedder was flooded in1972 as part of the Tasmanian government's Middle Gordon hydroelectric scheme. The environmental debate and campaign, which arose as a result of the damming of the Huon and Serpentine Rivers, was pivotal in the development of the world's first "green" party, the United Tasmania Group (UTG, later "The Greens", under the leadership of Dr Bob Brown), and was a determining factor in the formation of the national Wilderness Society and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (Kiernan 2007). Today, there are worldwide calls for governments to restore wilderness, which include lake and river restoration and dam decommissioning activity and proposed activity. Examples of these in the United States are Hetch Hetchy in San Francisco and Glen Canyon Dam in Utah. In the United States alone, where there are an estimated 75,000 dams, aging dams are being dismantled at the rate of 40 per year, with over 430 dams removed since 1999 (Pedder 2000 Website).

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