NYC Parks Department Ends the Use of Tropical Hardwoods for Benches

NYC rainforest park benchEcoInternet's campaign in support of long-standing local efforts to end the use of ancient rainforest timbers by government in New York City is enjoying initial success. Mayor Bloomberg has announced a review of NYC policy, and the Park Department will no longer use endangered woods in NYC park benches. We must ensure the review ends the use of all ancient rainforest timbers, the Parks decision is expanded, and an end to the use of ancient rainforest timbers is enshrined in law and procurement policy. Please send the updated alert. This progress is monumental, it must be brought to completion, and together we are doing it! g.b.
January 8, 2008
Tim Keating, 917-543-4064, Rainforest Relief
Dr. Glen Barry, 920-776-1075, EcoInternet
JK Canepa, 917/ 648-4514, NYCAG
NYC Parks Department Ends the Use of Tropical Hardwoods for Benches
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10 Responses

  1. Steve Salmony says:

    Dear Dr. Glen Barry,
    Your work is vital. Thanks for all you are doing.
    Our generation of elders appears to be doing a woefully inadequate job of helping our children understand that the current, relentless, business-as-usual effort to grow the global economy, given the gigantic scale and anticipated growth rate of the economic globalization, could soon become patently unsustainable on a small, finite planet with the size and make-up of Earth.
    Hopefully, our children will somehow find the political will and the courage, despite our poor examples, to restructure and regulate the global economy so that it functions in a sustainable way.
    The human community includes more than 6.6 billion people now. By 2050, the UN Population Division projects a world population of over 9 billion people. That is an approximately 40% increase in absolute global human population numbers in the next 42 years. Can we reasonably and sensibly expect that Earth can sustain so many billions of people? What scientific evidence, sound reasoning or common sense explanation can provide a foundation for expanding unbridled economic globalization even one more day, for increasing unrestrained per capita consumption beyond its present conspicuous level for one more week, and for condoning the projected addition of 70 to 80 million members of the human community in this year alone?
    Steve Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population, established 2001

  2. Robyn Delamore says:

    Congratualations! Thanks for the feedback.

  3. Mike Nolan says:

    Thank you. Good stuff.
    Mike Nolan

  4. Shirley and Rich Hawthorne says:

    Thanks. We appreciate your actions.

  5. Rick Zeamer says:

    Glen, Good show! Rick

  6. addy says:

    Does anybody know about this site ( ) ? I have seen other environmental sites with carbon calculators like yahoo and tree huggers, but I am wondering what the deal with is? I saw they also published a list last month of the top ten greenest cities ( ). Does anyone know if this site is better than the others? Fill me in!
    I took their carbon foot print test and it was pretty interesting, they said that I put out 4.5 tons of carbon, does anyone know about any other tests?

  7. Dear Friends,
    If the rich and famous people among us do not start expressing their concern for something other than their riches and privileges soon, then approaching global challenges, to be found in the offing, could serve the purpose of helping them refocus their attention and change their behavior.
    There can be no functioning manmade global economy without adequate natural resources and global ecosystem services that only the Earth can provide. To believe that business-as-usual economic globalization can continue to expand much longer, let alone endlessly, in our relatively small, evidently finite and noticeably frangible planetary home is magical and wishful thinking of the first order. Such thinking is an embarrassment to anyone who values good science, sound reasoning and common sense.
    The failure of the wealthy and politically powerful people in my not-so-great generation of elders to respond ably to the requirements of practical reality will soon be seen by our children as the worst example of a gross dereliction of duty in human history.
    Steve Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population, established 2001

  8. Dr. Glen Barry says:

    Dear Steve,
    Your many comments on the blog are interesting and salient, yet you are repeating yourself. I agree that it would be interesting to hear more on how to address population through policy. My fear is that your repetitive posting of rather long comments is dissuading rather than encouraging discussion. For now I will continue to approve your comments, but please listen to this respectful feedback.
    Glen da moderator

  9. Louis McCarten says:

    Dear Glen Barry:
    Thank you for the update. And Happy New year.
    This is excellent news.
    However, on the heels of that emergency, a new
    emergency involving tropical forests is brewing in the
    province of Riau, Sumatra: 'EYES on the FOREST'
    website covers it quite well (1-8-08). Hundreds of
    thousands of hectares of primary lowland rain forest
    adjacent to the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park (and
    originally promised by the government to be conserved
    as a part of the park) are now in the beginning
    stages of being cleared by Asia Pulp and Paper for
    pulp plantations (20,000 ha have so far been
    destroyed, the remainder is set to continue to be
    destroyed if intervention is not decisive and swift).
    At risk are vital populations of Sumatran tigers,
    Asian elephants, Bornean clouded leopards, Malayan
    tapirs, forest hornbills and many others along with
    thousands of plant species, many of themendemic to the
    Bukit Tigapuluh range. Much of the area is relatively
    unexplored and is probably far more biodiverse than
    yet believed. There are also orang asli tribespeople
    inhabiting the area so there is a human rights element
    involved as well.
    Please see if there is something can do onthis. I do not care to see Sumatra lose any more of
    its primary forests at this point.
    Louis McCarten

  10. M A Clinch says:

    M A Clinch
    Darwin, Australia

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