RELEASE: Ancient Forest Logging is deRANged

Rainforest Action Network, and Cambodia and DRC, feel the heat of intensifying campaign to end all ancient forest destruction

By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of EcoInternet
http://www.ecoearth.info/newsdesk/
CONTACT: Dr. Glen Barry, glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org
RAN supports ancient forest logging(Earth) — Last week forest defenders from the New York Climate Action Group (NYCAG) rallied at New York's Bluestocking Bookstore to denounce the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) for their support of industrial logging of primary forests. RAN is the focus of a global campaign to end ancient forest logging, starting with getting the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), of which they are a founding and leading member, to stop falsely certifying first time industrial primary forest logging as being environmentally beneficial.
When questioned, Mike Brune, RAN's Executive Director, stated again that RAN does not support industrial logging of old growth forests, but does support FSC. This transparent doublespeak was met by laughter from the audience. Due to EcoInternet's campaign, forest conservationists are increasingly aware FSC's existence depends upon ancient forest logging. Further protest actions are expected, and the email protest continues.


Some progress has been made, as RAN recently stated in their blog that they “have begun undertaking a strategic review of the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC's) benefits and costs…” and whether “…RAN can continue supporting the FSC.” However, no firm, time-bound commitments were made. The campaign continues until RAN makes written promises to use their FSC membership to get FSC to stop certifying old-growth, and if this fails, to resign from the organization.
This impasse comes as a new study finds forest loss costs some $2-5 trillion a year in terms of lost services provided by healthy ecosystems, many times the cost of the current financial crisis. The benefits to be realized by a few, including RAN and FSC in terms of undeserved goodwill, from cutting down ancient forests are no match for the long term ecosystem services that are gone forever.
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EcoInternet's President, Dr. Glen Barry, notes “RAN has wasted over a year ignoring our concerns, and now they bury in a short blog entry their intention to review FSC. Meanwhile FSC continues with plans to certify hundreds of millions of hectares of new ancient forest logging. Failure to end this matter now and make explicit commitments will show RAN is more concerned with throwing lavish parties and Amazon cruises, than quickly ending FSC's enabling of ancient forest logging.”
“It is simply unacceptable that an organization called the RAINFOREST Action Network is greenwashing the ongoing destruction of hundreds of millions of hectares of ancient forests. For shared survival, our environmental movement must unite behind a simple message: END ANCIENT FOREST LOGGING. Campaigning for anything less than what is necessary is inadequate and dangerous greenwash and will be confronted.”
EI's campaigns have recently achieved two other tentative victories. The DR of Congo has canceled two-thirds of its timber logging contracts after a World Bank review. Cambodia's plans to destroy rainforests with the Stung Cheay Areng Dam are reported to have been quietly shelved. EI's Earth Action Network has tirelessly led protests on both matters, and it shows what can be achieved in terms of preventing old growth logging.
EcoInternet calls upon all organizations including governments, companies and most particularly NGOs — starting with RAN and FSC — to stop their support for ancient forest logging to address converging global climate, biodiversity and economic crises. Failure to do so will lead to intensifying protest including targeting these organizations' funders.
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Dr. Glen Barry is a global spokesperson on behalf of environmental sustainability policy. EcoInternet provides the world's leading climate and rainforest portals at http://www.climateark.org/ and http://www.rainforestportal.org/. Dr. Barry frequently conducts interviews on the latest climate, forest and water policy developments and can be reached at: glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org.

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  1. Greg O'Neill says:

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    If you google the video, Zeitgeist: Addendum, and sit down for two hours to gain a much needed education, you will thank me for it later. — Every nation on Earth has bought into taking loans from the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, as well as from the central banks, getting deeper into debt, paying interest on debt money the banks never had to begin with, and we spiral downward to become veritable wage slaves without an end in sight beyond the grave. — IF each one of you takes precious time now to watch this
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  2. Anonymous says:

    Well said Glen,
    As I have been saying since 1992 ever since I used Jim Lovelock's basic figures on the full plethora of resource functional utilisation of closed forest systems both tropical and non-tropical (global) forests; based on a minimum of US$100,000 per hectare of biomass in relation to latent heat transfer of water vapour energy to fuel the climate systems in particular in the temperate and sub polar regions; added to this is the carbon sequestration and biodiversity sustainable utilitarian off cut by local communities this $100,000 can be translated into US$300,000 per hectare value or between US$7,000 to US$21,000 per hectare value of productive/annum. Now put a value on such base systems by working out how much closed forest (>40% land surface cover, taking into account successional processes and mult-ecosystem communities within an area classified as “closed” forest). I feel and the true cost and an update of Robert Constanza's estimate in

  3. Anonymous says:

    kooel
    nice panther on that banner
    keep up the goodwork!
    get some folks to turn out at the RAN Revel, like three, two holding banner and one fliering would be grad, you can do it, pull out the stop!

  4. francisco says:

    Taking the bait! And The LIE is swallowed, hook, line and sinker ;-(
    Someone had written: “When I talk about people buying or being sold 'absolute crap' I'm not only talking about the material but also about the ideological. We are 'sold' on consumerism, the wars (Iraq), elections (the presidency), all manner of things. Unfortunately, so few people see that just because these ideas are on sale, that they don't actually have to buy them!”
    Sadly, the multitudes have bought The LIE ;-(
    The multitudes have taken the bait which is “ease of life”, so-called, and The LIE was swallowed(believed),
    hook(money),
    line(education/religion),
    and sinker(technology) ;-(
    This place they call the u.s. of a. is the “bait”master and they catch their “fish” in every nation of this world ;-( Yet in england, france, germany, japan, etc, in all nations of this wicked world, there are those who have become disciples of the “bait”master and they also have found other “waters” in which to catch their “fish” ;-(
    And so it is that today there are multitudes in every nation under the sun that have taken the bait(ease of life), and swallowed(believed) the hook(money), the line(education/religion) and the sinker(technology) ;-(
    Tempted, hooked, reeled in, and held captive as they but serve “time” in the
    prison that is this wicked world ;-(
    Simply, they could not withstand the media blitz(krieg), and their “imag”ination got the best of them ;-(
    Some two thousand years past The Truth bore witness to the fact that, “the WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one”! (1John5:19) Yet, the “fish” continue to seek out that “good” place in the world, when in Truth the world today is but the product of mankind's “imag”ination, a dry and thirsty land of mirages, nothing but shadows ;-(
    And in this wicked world, “image”s abound and are worshipped ;-(
    So why receive that which is of mankind's “imag”ination?
    Even when such is supposedly “free” there will always be a price to pay, for mankind's “imag”ination is destroying the earth(land, air, water, vegetation, creatures) and perverting that which is Spirit(Light, Life, Truth, Love, Peace, Hope, Grace, Faith, etc.) ;-(
    Consider the time when there were no radio's, no tv's, no movies, no newspapers, a time when there was no way yet “imag”ined and then manufactured, that would allow someone to publish or display the vain “imag”inations of mankind to the “masses”. Sadly those who rule in this wicked world, and who control the “media”, consider the “masses” to be but the M in E=MC(squared);-(
    And yet today, here i am publishing(sharing) that which i believe to be from the heart, The Spirit within, not the vain “imag”inations of my fleshly mind. i can but hope that which i share is from The ONE whose voice i have heard and whose Power i have experienced in The Miracles of deliverance that set me free, free from the “I” in me!
    The ONE who revealed the lies that are of this world, it's 'god', and it's systems of religion, as i received evermore “a love of The Truth”. The ONE WHOM i know and believe is the Giver of Life, The Only True GOD and Father(Creator) of ALL!
    Father Help! and HE does…….
    Do you feel as i feel?
    Do you wonder just what's real?
    Do you see the little child?
    Do you see them running wild?
    i see their doubts and i see their fears,
    i see their hurts and i see their tears.
    Now could be that's what i look to see,
    Yet what i see is real to me.
    Now am i alone to care and cry?
    Or must i close these eyes and surely die?
    Sadly, the children, or those who once were called children, today are referred to as “kids” ;-(
    Sadder yet, the reference is true ;-(
    Baby goats abound because their 'parents' feed them all sorts of “trash”, and so it is that as they grow, they “eat” any and all things, no matter the dis-eases(no-peace) that causes them to be pill pushers, peer pleasers, or worse yet slaves of the media ;-(
    “Where have all the children gone? long time pa-as-sing” ;-(
    Progress? Yes things are getting progressively worse and worse ;-(
    The Hopi people of AZ once believed “A Simple and Spiritual Life is the only Life that will survive”.
    Sadly, not long ago, it seems the last “hostile” Hopi, “hostile” meaning against “progress” so-called! The last “hostile” Hopi passed away a short time ago, and the remaining hopi, remain in name only, for they have given up and given in to “progress” ;-(
    Hope is there are yet hopi who still believe they will once again “see” their “True White Brother”, Whom i believe to be The Messiah.
    Thankfully Hope IS Alive!
    For Miracles do happen!
    Hope is there would be those who would take heed unto The Call of Our Father(Creator) and “Come Out” of this wicked world and it's systems of religion, for they will no longer have their portion with those who are destroying the earth(land, air, water, vegetation, creatures) and perverting that which is Spirit(Light, Life, Truth, Love, Peace, Hope, Grace, Faith, etc.) ;-(
    And for those who have embraced “mother earth”?
    Hope is they would also experience ONEness as they embrace Their Father, The Only True GOD(Great Spirit), HE WHO is Creator(Father) of ALL!
    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this wicked world and it's systems of religion, for “the WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one”(1John5:19) indeed and Truth…….
    Truth is never ending…….

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