How environmental groups gone bad greenwash logging Earth’s last primary old forests
Essay by Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet
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Most major environmental NGOs - including Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network in particular - are deeply involved with efforts to "sustainably" industrially log Earth's last primary and old-growth forests. Through their membership in the Forest Stewardship Council, which is heavily dependent upon old forest logging to meet market demand, NGOs greenwash old-growth logging across hundreds of millions of acres, and the nascent Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program will finance a major expansion. As the science indicates (see Terrestrial Ecosystem Loss and Biosphere Collapse
for exhaustive review), industrial primary and old-growth forest logging is never ecologically sustainable, and loss of old forests threatens local livelihoods, and local and global ecological sustainability. Old-growth forest logging will never end as long as environmental NGOs continue their greenwash.
The world’s pre-eminent environmental organizations, widely perceived as the leading advocates for rainforests and old growth, have for decades been actively promoting primary forest logging [search]. Groups like Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Environmental Defense Fund actively promote industrially logging Earth’s last old forests. Through their support of the existing “Forest Stewardship Council” (FSC), and/or planned compromised “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD), they are at the forefront of destroying ancient forests for disposable consumer items – claiming it is “sustainable forest management” and “carbon forestry”.
Rainforest movement corruption is rampant as these big bureaucratic, corporatist NGOs conspire to log Earth's last primary rainforests and other old growth forests. Collectively the “NGO Old Forest Sell-Outs” are greenwashing FSC’s destruction of over 300,000,000 acres of old forests, destroying an area of primary rainforests and other old forests the size of South Africa (two times the size of Texas)! FSC and its members have built a massive market for continued business as usual industrially harvested primary forest timbers – with minor, cosmetic changes – certifying as acceptable murdering old forests and their life for consumption of products ranging from toilet paper to lawn furniture. Some 70% of FSC products contain primary forest timbers, and as little as 10% of any product must be from certified sources.
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