TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS SCANDAL:
Over 140,000 signatures delivered to Japanese Embassies around the world demanding no rainforest destruction or human rights abuses
Banner protests in Sarawak, Malaysia and at Tokyo’s new Olympic Stadium site
Media Release: Urgent investigation required as use of plywood likely linked to tropical forest destruction and human rights abuses found at construction site of new Tokyo Olympic Stadium
Urgent investigation required as use of plywood likely linked to tropical forest destruction and human rights abuses found at construction site of new Tokyo Olympic Stadium
Citing a significant breach of the commitment to a sustainable 2020 Olympics, Japanese and international environmental groups today called for an urgent independent investigation of the use of tropical formwork plywood that appears to originate from the notorious Malaysian logging company, Shin Yang, in the construction of the new National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
It is unsurprising that a major Australian timber retailer and Japanese customers of Tasmanian wood products have indicated that they will not buy wood sourced from High Conservation Value forests subject to government plans to open them for logging, according to Markets For Change – a conservation group that campaigns in the markets, with companies and consumers.Read more
Media Release: Cupconsciouscafe.com website launched to highlight cafes who pledge to fill reusable cups, as part of International Day of Action on Throwaway Cups
A new website to foster cafes supporting customers to use reusable cups instead of throwaway coffee cups is being launched today by Markets For Change as a rolling day of action on throwaway cups around the globe culminates in Australia.
Actions by civil society organisations around the world advocating avoiding using throwaway cups, which cause harm to people, forests, water and the climate, commenced in China on Wednesday 22 March 2017 moving through Europe to the United States and thence to Australia on 23 March.Read more
Media Release: Unsustainable logging of native forests not welcome in Tasmania as forests logged out in Victoria
The suggestion that Tasmania could become a logging haven for unsustainable forestry no longer able to operate in Victoria’s native forests due to overcutting there would be seen as a bad joke if not for its concurrence with Tasmanian government moves to put high conservation value forests back on the chopping block.
The impending closure of Heybridge mill has been announced, largely as a result of unsustainable logging levels over the years, after it became apparent that massive government subsidies could only sustain a fraction of the jobs and would not support a viable operation.Read more
Media Release: Banner Displayed Outside Japan Kenzai Fair in Tokyo today “Stop Destroying Sarawak for Plywood”
To highlight the role of Japan’s use of plywood timber products in destroying the forests of Sarawak Malaysia, a huge banner was unfurled at the Japan Kenzai Fair, at Tokyo Big Sight today.
Markets For Change and Japan Tropical Forests Action Network are raising awareness of this serious issue and appealing to Japanese consumers and the public to help improve the situation.
“We are asking companies to stop buying from Sarawak and to get supplies from environmentally responsible sources instead,” said Ms Peg Putt, CEO of Markets For Change.Read more
Media Release: New Report, 67 Japanese companies fail to eliminate suspected illegal, unsustainable wood supply from Sarawak Global efforts to save important tropical forests undermined
Japanese companies are failing to take decisive action to ensure that their products are not implicated in the destruction of tropical forests and resulting adverse impacts on indigenous people, a new report released by Markets for Change and Japan Tropical Forest Action Network reveals.
The new report “Too Little Too Late: the failure of Japan’s housing industry supply chain to take effective action on the devastation of tropical forests and human rights, especially in Sarawak” evaluates the response to requests made a year ago for housing companies, condominium developers, and their suppliers to urgently eliminate from their supply chains all plywood products originating in Sarawak, Malaysia.Read more
In the face of obvious provocation from the Tasmanian government, who today foreshadowed the content of legislation to open forests to privatised logging that were previously designated for protection due to their high conservation values, Markets For Change called for serious consideration of protecting those forests securely for the important contribution they can make in tackling climate change, in addition to important biodiversity, wilderness, old growth, and landscape values.Read more
Media Release: Green Credentials of Burning Forest Biomass for Energy Demolished by New, Independent Chatham House Report
Findings: Subsidized wood power plants actually emit more carbon than burning coal
An important new report issued overnight in London has demolished the assumption that forest biomass should be considered a carbon-neutral source of energy. This has major implications for climate policy in Australia, where native forest biomass energy was controversially included into the Renewable Energy Target.
The report from the respected independent think tank Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, says that:
Media Release: Call for Premier to back off new logging plan as another major forestry player points out the jeopardy to industry
In the light of a letter from Artec, a major woodchip exporter from native forests, suggesting that the plan to open 357,000 hectares of high conservation value forests to logging could jeopardise their international business, Markets For Change is calling on the Tasmanian government to withdraw its controversial plan.
“It seems that virtually all sides of the forestry argument except the Tasmanian government understand how irresponsible and counterproductive their new logging plan is. It would damage important environmental values at the same time as putting the entire industry at risk,” said Markets For Change CEO Peg Putt.Read more