Former Greens MPs head up anti-logging group

Two former Greens leaders have joined the ranks of the environmental group Markets for Change.

Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown is now on the board and ex-state leader Peg Putt is its chief executive.

Ms Putt says a major fundraising push is imminent, foreshadowing an increase in campaigning.

"He (Bob Brown) is one of the best known environmental campaigners, if not the best known environmental campaigner on the planet and he's a great leader as well," she said.

"We empower consumers to understand when they go to buy something like a bed, or a piece of flooring, whether or not it's come at the expense of destroying a high-conservation forest." Ms Putt does not think her or Mr Brown's involvement will affect Tasmania's Labor-Green Government, which has come under pressure after protest action against Ta Ann Tasmania.

She says Markets for Change will decide whether to step up its campaign against the company once the informal forest peace talks finish.

Ms Putt was responsible for the party's forests portfolio until her retirement in 2008.

Bob Brown retired as Australian Greens leader in April.

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