The forest can’t defend itself...
Greenpeace campaigners Richard Brooks and Shane Moffatt revealed devastating logging practices in the Boreal Forest by Canada’s largest forestry company, Resolute Forest Products.
Now, in an apparent effort to silence them, Resolute is suing Richard, Shane and Greenpeace for $7 million. Stand with us to show Resolute they cannot intimidate and silence our campaigners with lawsuits.
Yes, I stand with Greenpeace for forests.
By signing this pledge, you’ll join thousands who are standing up to help protect this critical habitat and our right to know what’s happening in Canada’s forests. Sign now and your name will be added to the Guardian Tree,which we are going to deliver in-person to Resolute CEO, Richard Garneau, as a symbol of our shared resolve to protect Canadian forests.
Canada’s biggest forestry company needs to know: thousands of us #StandForForests.
Contribute to change: Tie a green ribbon around your tree
Signed the plege? Here’s another way you can help.
Stand up against Resolute’s reckless clear-cutting by tying a bright green ribbon around a tree in your yard, workplace, public park or in your community. Stand with Greenpeace and others from across the country as we show Resolute that when it comes to the health of Canada’s forests we will not be silent.
It’s so easy;
- Make your own #StandForForests ribbon. Need some help to get you started? Download our DIY Ribbon Guide here.
- Write why YOU stand for forests on the ribbon and tie it around a tree.
- Take a selfie with your ribbon tree and share it on our #StandForForests Solidarity Green Ribbon Facebook page and tag the location. Watch for us to add your ribbon picture to the corresponding Google map below.
Don’t have Facebook? No Problem!
Send your photo to email@example.com and include your city and neighbourhood so we can add it for you.
Day of Action
On 22 March, 2014 stand up and be counted in our Day of Action. Regardless if you're in a city center or rural community we’re asking everyone who is standing up for forests to stand together and tell Resolute that it’s time to drop the lawsuit and stop its reckless clear-cutting.
- In Toronto, we will build a massive #StandForForests human banner. Arrive wearing green and help create a strong giant tree.
- OR stand in solidarity by sharing a photo of you and your friends standing with us. Hold up a sign telling Resolute why you are defending Canada’s Boreal Forest and share it on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #StandForForests.
Did you know: Ribbons staying on trees for extended periods of time can be harmful to the tree's health. For this reason we’re asking that you remove your ribbon on 22 March, 2014 and show it off in your Day of Action photo.
What is the Guardian Tree?
The Guardian Tree is what YOU are helping Greenpeace build by adding your name to the #StandForForests pledge.
Each person who signs the pledge will add his/her name to the Guardian Tree: A massive free standing creation that will be as bold and as beautiful as the old trees found in Canada’s intact Boreal Forest.
It is a symbol of our shared resolve to stand up for forests and tell Resolute Forest Products, Canada’s largest logging company, that reckless clear-cutting in the Boreal Forest is not okay. Neither is a $7 million lawsuit against Greenpeace and two campaigners for standing up for forests.
As for what the Guardian Tree looks like? You’ll have to wait and see.
Belo: the artist bringing the Guardian Tree to life
Belo is an interdisciplinary artist who has accepted the challenge of bringing the Guardian Tree to life. His vision embodies the strength and unity we share in our stand to preserve our forests. His main inspirations come from nature, human and earthly; and from his life experiences, that he channels in an intuitive way. Rooted in his time Belo wishes, through his artistic practice, to raise awareness of environmental and social issues.
In 2010, Belo won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Montreal International Art Festival (FIMA). His works have been shown in Montreal, New York, Las Vegas and Spain. He is best known, perhaps, for his larger-than-life image: 66,000 – A Water Mosaic With A Cause. The video of the work was seen by Internet users in 163 countries. This monumental mosaic was created from the collection of thousands of biodegradable cups filled with colored rainwater.
Visit www.belostudio.com to learn more about the artist and his work.
Why is Resolute suing Greenpeace for $7 million?
On 23 May, 2013 Resolute Forest Products (Resolute) filed a $7 million lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court against Greenpeace Canada and two of its staff (Richard Brooks and Shane Moffatt). The lawsuit was filed following the release of “Resolute’s False Promises: the [un]sustainability report 2013” on May 15th. In this report, Greenpeace documented how Resolute is failing forests:
- Resolute is destroying critical caribou habitat in Ontario and Quebec
- Resolute is operating without the consent of First Nations in their traditional territories
- Resolute is failing to conserve high conservation value “Endangered Forests”
- Resolute is producing “eco-conscious” paper with no recycled content
We believe Resolute is trying to silence public criticism of its reckless clear-cutting. We believe the company would rather sue Greenpeace than embrace responsible forestry.
Who is Resolute Forest Products?
Resolute is the largest logging company in Canada with sales of $4.5 billion (2012). Sourcing from Canada’s Boreal Forest, Resolute has operations in three of the five “Endangered Forests” areas identified by Greenpeace. They produce newsprint, lumber, pulp and commercial papers.
Resolute is putting the Boreal Forest at risk with its destructive logging practices. They are destroying critical caribou habitat and ignoring First Nations’ rights by logging in areas without their free, prior and informed consent. In January, three of the company’s Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest management certificates, covering an area twice the size of Vancouver Island, were suspended because the company failed to meet a number of key FSC principles, including respecting the rights of Indigenous communities, the protection of High Conservation Values, and limiting environmental impacts.
Does this lawsuit have any merit?
In its role as a watchdog and advocate for healthy forests and communities, Greenpeace believes the public has the right to know what’s going on its public forests and about Resolute’s destructive practices. However, we believe Resolute wishes otherwise.
Resolute’s lawsuit is an attempt to intimidate and silence Greenpeace and the company’s other critics. We believe this lawsuit is a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP). SLAPPs are a corporate bullying tactic meant to gag critics and divert attention from important issues.
How can I help?
Show Resolute that we will not be silenced by this $7 million lawsuit. We need you to stand with Greenpeace and help defend Canada’s forests. Sign the #StandForForests pledge and add your name to the Guardian Tree as a symbol of our shared resolve to protect Canada’s forests. This pledge along with the Guardian Tree will be presented to Resolute as a sign of your commitment to #StandForForests.