/R E P E A T/ - Greenpeace report reveals high profile companies buying Boreal Forest destruction - International companies, consumers urged to take action to save forest

    MONTREAL, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - A Greenpeace investigative report
released today reveals the names of many high profile and recognizable
international companies fueling the destruction of Canada's Boreal Forest to
create everyday consumer products.
    Among the 35 companies listed are Best Buy, Grand & Toy, Toys "R" Us,
Time Inc., Sears, Coles/Indigo, Penguin Books US and Harlequin. Rona, the
Canadian home improvement and hardware store, is also named in the report.
    Each company is profiled as a customer of logging and pulp companies
Abitibi-Consolidated, Bowater, Kruger and SFK Pulp, whose destructive logging
practices are responsible for decimating nearly 200,000 km2 of Boreal Forest,
or 3.5 times the size of Nova Scotia. "Today, we're naming names," said
Kim Fry, a forest campaigner with Greenpeace. "The logging companies and
customers featured in this report are driving the destruction of Canada's
Boreal Forest."
    The report, Consuming Canada's Boreal Forest: The chain of destruction
from logging companies to consumers, calls for action from the international
marketplace to protect one of the largest ancient forests left on Earth. It
also condemns the governments of Ontario and Quebec, where less than nine and
five per cent of the forest, respectively, is protected from industrial
    "We expect customers of these logging companies to temporarily suspend
their multi-million dollar contracts until action is taken on the ground to
protect the forest and end destructive logging," added Fry. "We are looking to
the marketplace to transform this situation."
    In addition to environmental destruction-including forest fragmentation,
climate impacts and loss of wildlife habitat and ecosystem biodiversity-the
report also highlights Abitibi-Consolidated's refusal to end operations in the
traditional territory of Grassy Narrows First Nation, despite a longstanding
blockade against logging.
    Canada's Boreal Forest stretches across the north of the country, from
Newfoundland to the Yukon. It represents a quarter of the world's remaining
intact ancient forests and stores 47.5 billion tonnes of carbon in its soils
and trees. Less than 15 per cent of the Boreal Forest in Quebec and 18 per
cent in Ontario remains intact. More than 68 per cent of the area managed by
the three logging companies has already been degraded or destroyed.

    The report can be downloaded at www.greenpeace.ca/canada/en.

    Note to editors: Broadcast-quality video and high resolution photos are
available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: Kim Fry, Greenpeace Forests Campaigner, (416)
406-0664; Jane Story, Greenpeace Communications, (416) 930-9055

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