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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Media Release: NGOs Demand Olympic Authorities End Rainforest Destruction and Human Rights Abuses Connected to Tokyo 2020 Olympics Construction

TOKYO/LIMA - Today, 47 civil society organizations delivered an open letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Olympic authorities, at the start of the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lima, Peru. The letter reiterated grave and mounting concerns about the legitimacy and accountability of IOC sustainability commitments and the reputation and credibility of the iconic Olympic games. The letter criticizes the Olympics for knowingly exploiting tropical forests and potentially fueling human rights abuses in the construction and implementation of the games. The groups are calling for full transparency and an end to the use of rainforest wood to construct the Tokyo Olympic facilities, including the new National Olympic Stadium.

***Photos available at:

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Media Release: Brisbane protest action,  Parody of The Courier Mail distributed News Corp urged to cut ties with Korindo – rainforest destroyer

This morning employees of Courier Mail are being met by environmentalists handing out the 'Courier Fail', attached, as they entered its Brisbane headquarters. The protest action organised by Markets For Change is focused on newsprint originating from a subsidiary of Korindo, an Indonesian – Korean palm oil conglomerate responsible for shocking broad scale deforestation in West Papua.

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Media Release: News Corp urged to cut ties with Korindo – rainforest destroyer Parody of The Australian newspaper distributed to expose the issue

This morning employees of News Corp are being met by environmentalists handing out the Not Australian, attached, as they entered head office. The protest action organised by Markets For Change focused on newsprint originating from a subsidiary of Korindo, an Indonesian – Korean palm oil conglomerate responsible for shocking broad scale deforestation in West Papua.

 

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Media Release: Pulp Mill Permit Expiry Welcomed – Call To Repeal The Pulp Mill Assessment Act

Expiry of the Tasmanian Pulp Mill Permit today has been welcomed by Markets For Change, who called for the Tasmanian government to now repeal the Pulp Mill Assessment Act – enabling legislation that gave the project Parliamentary approval after it failed to meet assessment standards as a Project of State Significance under the state’s planning system.

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