Greenpeace Ship Blocks Freighter Exporting Boreal Pulp to Europe

Feature story - September 14, 2007
The Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise blockaded the freighter Jaeger Arrow in Quebec's Saguenay River, preventing the export of thousands of tons of pulp to Europe. The pulp is manufactured by SFK Pulp from destructive logging in Canada's Boreal Forest.

Canada's Boreal Forest is one of the most important forests left on the planet. But instead of being protected and managed responsibly, it's being clearcut and shipped off to Europe and the U.S. to make newspapers, books, and magazines. Quebec exported forest products worth $684 million to Europe and $10 billion to the USA in 2005. In the same year, Ontario exported $8 billion to the USA and $92 million to Europe.

SFK Pulp produces 369,071 tons of pulp each year. Much of this is shipped to Europe and the United States to manufacture many different kinds of paper. The bulk of the wood used by SFK to make their pulp is supplied by logging company Abitibi-Consolidated, with additional supply coming from logging company Bowater. These companies were recently exposed as destroying intact forest areas and caribou habitat in Ontario and Quebec in Greenpeace's Chain of Destruction report.

Since the governments of Ontario and Quebec and the logging companies have failed to protect this globally important forest, we're taking our battle to the international markets. And we're drawing on our extensive experience mobilizing the marketplace to help protect the Great Bear Rainforest. We know that when customers demand change and threaten to move their business elsewhere, suppliers - the logging companies - change their ways.

One of these big customers is forest products giant Stora Enso. Stora Enso uses pulp from SFK to manufacture magazines sold throughout Europe. Greenpeace wants Stora Enso and other large corporate customers to help protect the Boreal Forest. These customers can make change by demanding "greener" products from logging and pulp companies and ending their financial support of destructive logging operations.