Three hundred year old trees logged to make paper? Yes, it happens all the time, but it doesn't have to. Ecologically sound alternatives are there for the choosing. The Forest Guardians paper project is about advocating for these choices - for individuals, companies and governments. Forest Guardians choose their own roles, how they want to participate, and take action for the forests. They also share ideas, inspiration and information with their fellow Forest Guardians.
This morning we launched the copy paper project at a press
conference in Helsinki, Finland. Why Finland? As Matti Liimatainen,
our forests campaigner in Finland explained it, "Only five percent
of the forests left [in Finland] are still considered old growth
forests, and only half of this five percent is protected."
What is happening to the other unprotected half? Despite the
fact that many species and indigenous and Finnish reindeer herders
depend on these ancient boreal forests for their survival they
continue to be logged. And paper production is a major driving
force behind this unnecessary path of destruction.
To change this, we need to send a message back up the supply
chain. If we put pressure on copy paper brands at the retail level,
they will pressure their suppliers and the paper mills. Already,
there is movement in the market towards ancient forest friendly
paper. As a consumer and a Forest Guardian, you can help this
movement grow. Logging practices will naturally adapt to consumer
In this way, it is ultimately we, all of us, that have the power
to save the last ancient forests.
Messengers, activists, creative-teks and sentinels are wanted
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