TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace activists are now barricading
themselves to the entrance of Kimberly-Clark's office in Knoxville, Tennessee
to protest the company's destruction of Ontario's Boreal Forest.
This is the sixth of a string of US protests to highlight Ontario's
Kenogami and Ogoki forests, where clearcut logging is wiping out important
carbon stores and endangered woodland caribou habitat. In total 27 activists
have been arrested in these protests.
Kimberly-Clark purchases large amounts of pulp from these forests
northeast of Thunder Bay, using it to manufacture Kleenex facial tissues,
toilet paper, and other disposable consumer products. Today, activists at the
barricade have deployed a 30' x 20' foot banner that reads: "Kleenex: Wiping
Away Ancient Forests."
"Americans are risking jail time to stop Kimberly-Clark from destroying
vital forests in Ontario," said Christy Ferguson, Greenpeace forests
campaigner. "As long as these key areas continue to be destroyed,
international protest and controversy will continue."
In the past three months, Greenpeace activists across the US have used
lockdowns, banners and blockades at Kimberly-Clark facilities in Franklin,
Massachusetts; New Milford, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; Fullerton,
California; Roswell, Georgia; and now Knoxville, Tennessee to expose the
Kleenex manufacturer's irresponsible practices.
"Cut and Run," a recent Greenpeace report, documents the company's
devastation of the Kenogami Forest. In just 70 years, Kimberly-Clark turned
this vast expanse of healthy, near-pristine forest into a severely damaged
landscape rife with social and environmental problems-largely to make toilet
paper and facial tissue.
Kimberly-Clark is the largest tissue manufacturer in the world, producing
millions of tons of tissue products annually and generating net sales of
$18.3 billion. Greenpeace is calling on Kimberly-Clark to stop purchasing pulp
from destructive logging operations in Canada's Boreal Forest and to increase
its use of recycled materials.
Editors: Photos will be available this afternoon at
"Cut and Run" is available for download at www.greenpeace.ca/cutandrun
For further information:
For further information: Brian Blomme, Media and Public Relations
Officer, (416) 930-9055; Christy Ferguson, Greenpeace Forests Campaign, (416)