Mr. Garneau, will you be part of the solution? 60,000 citizens stand for forests!

Feature story - May 22, 2014
More than 60,000 people, represented by an enormous petition tree, called on the CEO of Resolute Forest Products this morning to change his approach and work toward solutions. The enormous work of art was lifted by Greenpeace activists more than nine metres in the air at Resolute’s headquarters in Montreal.

On the eve of Resolute’s Annual General Meeting, we’re asking the multinational corporation to be part of the solution. Resolute has all the necessary tools to be a sustainability leader in the forestry sector and solutions are at hand.

The 15-foot-tall work of art, created by the artist Belo, is composed of 1,700 pieces of repurposed wood and bears all of the more than 60,000 signatures. Today’s action comes out of the “Stand For Forests” campaign launched at the beginning of the year to alert the public about their right to know what is happening in our public forests.

Greenpeace has identified to the north of Lac St-Jean an exceptional territory in need of conservation, the Montagnes Blanches, where Resolute is operating. But lack of protection has led to Resolute losing FSC environmental certificates in this area, threatening at the same time their place in the international forestry market.

Faced with their difficulty in respecting FSC standards, it was announced this week that Resolute Forest Products filed a $400,000 lawsuit against its independent forestry auditor, Rainforest Alliance, to avoid the publication of a report which would have made them lose a fourth certificate, this time in Ontario. Resolute is also filing a $7 million lawsuit against Greenpeace Canada and two of its staff members, a move many have characterized as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP).