SAN FRANCISCO - Bill Barclay, Global Finance Campaigner for Rainforest Action Network, released the following statement today praising ANZ Bank for its decision to withhold funding for Australian lumber giant Gunns Ltd's controversial Tasmanian pulp mill project:
SAN FRANCISCO – Representatives from Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and social justice activists on a three-day hunger strike rallied today outside the annual shareholders meeting of Bunge (NYSE: BG). The protesters accused the company of disregarding human rights and the environment and charged that Bunge-whose profits reached a record high last quarter-is benefiting from the global food crisis, the use of slave labor in Brazil, and deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and the adjacent Cerrado.
SAN FRANCISCO — Rainforest Action Network and ForestEthics today condemned a proposal by U.S.-based International Paper to build a pulp mill and establish 1.2 million acres of plantation forest in the heart of the Indonesian rainforest. The groups urged International Paper, which is holding its Annual General Meeting today, to not violate its own paper policy and to abandon its plans to expand into Indonesia, a global warming and biodiversity hot spot.
SAN FRANCISCO–Activists with the Freedom From Oil Campaign interrupted General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner’s speech on green cars today at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, urging him to sign a pledge to make his company the auto industry’s fuel efficiency leader by 2012. Wagoner refused, just as he did at the 2006 Los Angeles auto show when asked to sign a similar fuel efficiency pledge.
MIAMI BEACH – Representatives from Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and several other environmental and social justice groups from the U.S. and South America held a rally today to protest the lending practices of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) outside the bank’s 49th annual meeting at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
TOKYO – A report released today by U.S. environmental group Rainforest Action Network (RAN) contains evidence that Nippon Paper is purchasing wood from old growth forests in Tasmania, Australia, despite the company’s assurances to the contrary. RAN’s report, The Truth behind Tasmanian Forest Destruction and the Japanese Paper Industry, details how Japanese paper companies are supporting the rapid destruction of Tasmania’s biologically unique forests by purchasing huge volumes of woodchips from controversial Australian lumber giant Gunns Limited.
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QUITO, Ecuador, September 8, 2005 (ENS) - Under heavy pressure from conservation groups and the indigenous Huaorani, the Ecuadorian Environment Ministry has temporarily stopped the Brazilian national oil company Petrobras from building an access road into Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve, located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
"The unprecedented loss of old growth forest is a catastrophe of global proportion. It hastens climate change, obliterates the habit of millions of species, and lays waste to the homelands and way-of-life of traditional forest peoples. The spirit of Chico Mendes lives on in everyone who stands up against this senseless destruction, and if we join together we can protect the Amazon as a lasting memorial to Mendes' vision."