RELEASE: Greenpeace Partners with Industry Logging Canadian Boreal Forests
Along with ForestEthics and other foundation-dependent primary forest logging apologists, Greenpeace negotiates weak agreement that legitimizes continued old growth forest logging in exchange for vague promises of possible future protections. Old forest greenwashing must end.
By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of EcoInternet (EI)
CONTACT: Dr. Glen Barry, email@example.com
(Canada) – In what they gratuitously herald as the 'world's largest conservation agreement', twenty Canadian forestry companies and nine environmental organizations including Greenpeace have announced an agreement that will temporarily suspend for three years any new logging in 29 million hectares of Canadian boreal forest [search] -; about the size of Montana -; to plan for possible protections of woodland caribou [search]. In return the nine environmental groups have vowed to stop protesting the companies involved (listed below), including ending their 'Do Not Buy' campaigns.
More troubling, the agreement provides much needed legitimacy to timber and pulp industry efforts to log much, if not all, of the remaining 43 million hectares of Canada's old growth Boreal forests, and ultimately much of the caribou habitat after the moratorium lapses. The agreement uses fancy, meaningless worlds like "ecosystem-based" and "sustainable forest management" to describe first time industrial logging of primary forests for toilet paper and other throw-away consumer items.
EcoInternet (EI) President, Dr. Glen Barry, labeled the agreement “disgraceful”, saying it “traded temporary, vague protections for business as usual industrial forestry across huge expanses of primary and old growth forests.” EcoInternet advocates a global permanent ban on industrial-scale logging in primary forests both in temperate and tropical forests, and will continue the campaign to end these practices in Canada's ecologically priceless Boreal forests.
“Greenpeace's commitment to 'sustainable' and 'ecosystem based' forest management