Monday, August 20, 2007

Canada's forests are not disposable, Hemp is the next wave, get on board or miss the boat, Your choice CEOs

send a letter here to the corporate greedists... be nice, It is written for you already pretty much if you are angry. If you feel creative go for it and add some of your original thoughts.

I feel the wholesale deforestation of the planet must stop at present with global warming and the over production of CO2.

From Vote Hemp

USDA Research Shows Hemp Has Potential for Paper Production
In 1997, the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin conducted an evaluation of hemp as a potential feedstock for the paper industry in that state. They concluded that "... hemp could profitably be used as a fiber source for the paper industry" and that "Wisconsin farmers could meet the demand for fiber by the fine paper manufacturers of Wisconsin." To view the report, click here. (PDF file 569k)

With all the cutting going on. Hemp could replace paper from trees, 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees saved without the toxics involved in processing! No pestisides needed and it is renewable.

Canada's forests are not disposable

Logging companies are cutting down Canada’s Boreal forest - destroying this ancient forest at an alarming rate. Three of the largest companies involved in this destruction are Abitibi Consolidated, Bowater and Kruger. These companies are regularly clearcutting areas the size of 17 000 football fields. As one of the world’s last remaining original forests, Canada’s Boreal deserves better. We need your help getting the message to The CEOs of Abitibi Consolidated, Bowater and Kruger: Canada’s forests are not disposable.

Greenpeace is calling these companies to account - over the next few weeks and months we will be putting pressure on these companies to clean up their practices. We need your help in letting these companies know that Canadians - their customers - want them to clean up their logging practices.

Tell Abitibi CEO John Weaver, along with Kruger and Bowater CEOs Joseph Kruger and David Paterson what you think of the way in which their companies continue to treat Canada’s Boreal forest.

Canada's forests are not disposable, Candadian hemp is the next source, use it!

Dear Mr. Kruger, Mr. Paterson and Mr. Weaver,

I am writing to express my concern regarding your company's logging practices in Canada's Boreal forest. As a concerned customer of many of your clients, I hope that Abitibi-Consolidated, Kruger and Bowater will implement without delay new and responsible forest management policies.

The Boreal forest represents a unique and vital natural resource. It acts as home for many First Nations communities, contains countless animal and plant species and helps curb global warming. In Canada, we hold the power to protect this incredible ecosystem. As the country's largest logging companies, Abitibi, Bowater and Kruger should be at the heart of these protection efforts. Instead, your companies continue to act irresponsibly.

Reckless logging practices such as massive clear-cutting are destroying the Boreal's remaining intact forest landscapes. Considering that only 25% of the world's original forests remain, these practices are especially unacceptable. Thus, I support Greenpeace's demands that your company immediately:

1. Defer on logging in all intact forest landscapes and mapped endangered forests including caribou habitat, and work with Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations and governments to have these areas formally protected.

2. Shift to FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification across all tenures.

3. Publicly commit to cease licensing in currently unallocated areas.

4. Discontinue logging without prior and informed consent of First Nations whose territories are affected.

As natural resource and forest scarcity continues to increase, these objectives are becoming more important than ever. Forest protection must be considered as a priority by global citizens, governments and especially, logging companies.

As a customer of the many businesses you supply, I urge Abitibi, Kruger and Bowater to begin considering their role in forest protection as a serious part of their corporate citizenship. Should your companies choose to continue ignoring these duties, I will avoid buying products from the customers you supply: I refuse to support the continued devastation of Canada’s Boreal forest.


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R.D. Laing

R.D. Laing
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