Greenpeace occupies world headquarters of logging giant AbitibiBowater



    MONTREAL, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Three Greenpeace activists entered the
headquarters of AbitibiBowater this morning and chained themselves to the
logging company's entrance doorway. The environmental group is protesting the
destruction of the Boreal Forest by the world's largest newsprint
manufacturer.
    While activists disrupted management operations on the 8th floor of the
iconic Sun Life building in Montreal, other volunteers demonstrated peacefully
outside handing out mock newspapers bearing the headline "AbitibiBowater
refuses to protect the Boreal Forest."
    This latest act of civil disobedience is part of a year long campaign to
end AbitibiBowater's destruction of intact forest areas in Quebec and Ontario.
Intact forests are vital for maintaining biodiversity, protecting threatened
species such as woodland caribou and stabilizing the world's climate. Recent
studies have shown that intact and old growth areas of forest store the
largest amount of carbon.
    In Greenpeace's view, AbitibiBowater's sustainability record cannot be
improved merely through minor changes or isolated environmental measures as
recently announced. It requires extensive action over millions of hectares of
threatened forest for AbitibiBowater to become a sustainable development
leader.
    "If AbitibiBowater is serious about embracing the cause of sustainability
they must suspend logging in intact forest lands in favour of creating
protected areas," said Melissa Filion, a forest campaigner with Greenpeace.
    Currently, less than three percent of the publicly-owned forest in Quebec
controlled by AbitibiBowater is protected. Only 23 per cent of the forestlands
in the province remains as large, intact forest landscapes.
    Over the past year, Greenpeace's outreach to major AbitibiBowater
customers has resulted in losses of over ten million dollars in purchase
contracts because of environmental concerns. And Filion says the group is
committed to keeping up the pressure on the company: "Today, we are sending a
reminder to AbitibiBowater CEO David Paterson that as long as he refuses to
protect intact forests, Greenpeace will be there to confront him."

    Note to editors: High resolution images will be posted at
    www.greenpeace.ca/gallery.




For further information:

For further information: Melissa Filion, Forest Campaigner, (514)
581-8216; Isabelle Monette, Media and PR Officer, (514) 212-5749

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