Media Release: Global NGOs 'Appalled' by Massive Use of High Risk Rainforest Wood for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Construction

New disclosures confirm worst concerns of environmental and social impacts tied to irresponsible wood sourcing for iconic Olympic facilities

 

Tokyo - As the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games capture the attention of audiences around the world, new information affirms long-standing concerns regarding the sustainability of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Over a year after the information was originally requested by 44 NGOs in December 2016, Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers have finally responded to sustained campaign pressure with a public release documenting extensive use of wood sourced from tropical rainforests to construct the New National Stadium and other Tokyo 2020 related facilities.

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Media Release: Calling all cup conscious candidates!

 

All election candidates to be asked to be cup conscious during the campaign

As the list of all candidates contesting the Tasmanian election is now finalised and will be made public at noon, each individual will be asked for a commitment to taking a reusable cup with them on the campaign trail and not to use throwaway cups for coffee and other beverages. Disposable cups are not recyclable or compostable in Tasmania.

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Media Release: Hobart to become Australia’s first Cup Conscious City

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Hobart is set to become Australia’s first Cup Conscious City as Markets For Change teams up with the Hobart City Council to get businesses, cafes and people working together to tackle the mountains of waste created by throw away coffee cups and create a sustainable coffee culture.

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Media Release: Burning north coast NSW forests for energy production is the new woodchipping Reaction to DPI’s new plan – a lose, lose lose proposition

A proposal to support continued logging of the precious remaining North Coast forests of NSW by burning vast amounts of the freshly logged ecosystems for energy generation, replacing lost woodchipping, has been dismissed by Markets For Change as an outrage that will not be accepted by household consumers.

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Media Release: Tokyo 2020 Olympics Complicit in Climate Destruction: Confirms Using Rainforest Wood From Unknown Sources - Makes No Commitment to Stop

 

Bruno Manser Fund
Sarawak Dayak Iban Association
Rainforest Action Network
Markets For Change
Japan Tropical Forest Action Network
Friends of the Earth Japan

Failure to stop exploiting rainforests overshadows pledge to improve transparency

 

Amid the rapid disappearance of tropical rainforests, with significant impacts on the climate, Tokyo Olympic authorities have confirmed they will continue to exploit rainforests for Olympic construction without knowing the origin of the timber being sourced. These admissions were made in response to a public letter signed by 47 NGOs, expressing grave concerns over the legality and sustainability of the Tokyo 2020 timber sourcing practices. Authorities pledged to be more transparent about the use of tropical timber for the Tokyo Olympics, but rejected demands to revise their Timber Sourcing Code, which NGOs have called “fundamentally flawed.” 

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Media Release: Conservationists welcome Tarkine Coast brand, but condemn Britton Timbers inclusion.

Conservation organisations Save the Tarkine, Bob Brown Foundation and Markets For Change wish to congratulate Circular Head Progress Group on the establishment of the Tarkine Coast brand. The emergence of the Tarkine as a brand that extends beyond the tourism sector and has been steadily adopted by producers has been a development that our organisations have taken a great deal of satisfaction in.  

 

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Media Release: Environment Groups condemn Tasmania’s plan to log oldgrowth rainforest reserves Special Species Management Plan finalised for gazettal today

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Environment group have slammed the Hodgman Government’s plan to log oldgrowth rainforests within Tasmania’s formal reserve estate and also in the Future Potential Production Forests (FPPF), previously designated for secure, formal reserve protection, describing it as an outrageous and dangerous proposal that threatens the environment and Tasmania’s brand, whilst opening the need for government subsidies for this logging.

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Media Release: Banner raised in Hobart against industrial scale burning of native forest biomass for International Day of Action on Bioenergy

To mark a day of global protest about #BigBadBioenergy a banner "No Biomassacre' was raised at Parliament House this morning.

In Tasmania the key issue is the proposed use of native forest biomass for energy production in commercial and industrial scale facilities, as a substitute for the ailing woodchip export trade. It is quaintly termed a 'residue solution' when in fact the income would support continued logging of native forests, destroying biodiversity and adversely affecting the climate.

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Media Release: HODGMAN MUST NOW DEMONSTRATE MATURITY – Don’t treat takayna / Tarkine as political football

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“Aboriginal heritage in takayna is one step closer to permanent protection, with federal agreement that the Hodgman government cannot continue its destruction there without assessment and federal approval. This is what Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has been seeking in court hearings since 2014. A major achievement for us on our way to Aboriginal control and protection of our own heritage,” Sharnie Read, spokesperson for Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre said.

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Media Release: Indigenous leader appeals to the Japanese Prime Minister: stop rainforest destruction for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Supplier of wood for Tokyo's new National Olympic Stadium accused of destroying Indigenous livelihoods

 

SARAWAK / MALAYSIA - On the anniversary of the first Tokyo Olympics, Matu Tugang, headman of the Indigenous Penan community of Long Jaik from Sarawak, Malaysia, delivered an urgent plea to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stop Japan’s use of wood from a company that is destroying their forests and their livelihoods (1). Japan has been using tropical timber from Sarawak to construct the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Evidence gathered at the Stadium construction site by NGOs in April 2017 confirmed the use of plywood supplied by Shin Yang (2), a company which has been logging in the area of Long Jaik for almost two decades and has previously been implicated in illegal logging, rainforest destruction, and human rights abuses.

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