Ecological Internet: Greenpeace, Come Clean and Stop Supporting Ancient Rainforest Logging

July 2nd, 2007 8:09 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Greenpeace, Come Clean and Stop Supporting Ancient Rainforest Logging

There is no denying the fact that Greenpeace supports Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) efforts to certify logging of primary and old-growth forests as environmentally acceptable. It is a matter of public record. FSC’s international board is chaired by a Greenpeace forest campaigner and they have long promoted FSC as the source of “green” timber. Greenpeace supports industrial ancient forest logging even as they are apparently suppressing their own report on specific problematic forest certifications. Transparency and depth of ecological understanding are not Greenpeace’s strength.

When the whole notion of certified logging in ancient rainforests is questioned, the Greenpeace PR machine shifts into full gear and seeks to mislead rather than respond substantively to the concerns of those working to end ancient forest logging as a key response to climate change and requirement for global ecological sustainability. Critical questions remain unanswered. How does industrial logging protect ancient forests? When in a particular situation does Greenpeace support ancient forest logging and when do they not? What body of ecological science and experience does Greenpeace have to support its stance?

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