SAINT-FULGENCE, QC, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace Canada has begun a
blockade of the freighter Jaeger Arrow from their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, in
Quebec's Saguenay River near Chicoutimi. Three Greenpeace activists are
hanging from the ship's mooring lines while two other activists block the
freighter in a zodiac boat to prevent its departure. "Save the Boreal Forest"
has been painted on the hull of the freighter.
The 170-metre long ship is being loaded with pulp manufactured by
SFK Pulp. The pulp is destined for processing at paper giant Stora Enso's
paper mills in Germany and France. Stora Enso manufactures paper for many of
Europe's major publishing houses.
"This blockade is a peaceful protest against destructive logging of the
Boreal Forest and those companies who purchase unsustainable forest products,"
said Melissa Filion, a Greenpeace Canada forest campaigner onboard the Arctic
Sunrise. "Greenpeace is determined to expose the problem of Boreal Forest
destruction and drive international customers to take responsibility. Time and
time again we've seen that when customers demand change, suppliers change
Greenpeace wants Stora Enso and other large corporate customers of
logging and pulp companies to help protect the Boreal Forest. These customers
should end their financial support of destructive logging operations and
demand "greener" products from suppliers.
Last month, an investigative report by Greenpeace named Stora Enso as one
of several high profile, international customers buying Boreal Forest products
from destructive logging and pulp companies. Abitibi-Consolidated, Bowater,
Kruger and SFK Pulp are identified as "the first link in a chain of
destruction that leads from forest to mill to product manufacturer to retailer
"Greenpeace is asking the logging companies to become Forest Stewardship
Council certified and to end logging in the last remaining intact forest areas
and caribou habitat," said Filion.
According to figures in the report, Quebec exported forest products worth
$684 million to Europe and $10 billion to the U.S. in 2005. Ontario exported
$8 billion to the U.S. and $92 million to Europe.
Less than nine per cent of the forests in Ontario and five per cent in
Quebec are protected from industrial development. Canada's Boreal Forest
represents a quarter of the world's remaining intact ancient forests and
stores 47.5 billion tonnes of carbon in its soils and trees. An area
three times the size of France has already been degraded and fragmented by
development in the Boreal Forest region (175 million hectares).
Note to photo editors: High-resolution photos of the action will be
available online at www.greenpeace.ca/gallery. Digital video is available
For further information:
For further information: Melissa Filion, Greenpeace forest campaigner,
(514) 581-8216, (418) 550-2482 (on ship); Jocelyn Desjardins, Greenpeace
communications officer, (514) 212-5749 (on shore); If you are unable to reach
these numbers and your call is urgent, you may call +874 324 453 810.