Wednesday, February 20, 2013
FEB 20 INDONESIAN RAIN FOREST SPARED BY CORPORATION
A major victory was won last week in the war against the deforestation of our planet. Paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) announced it was halting all logging within the national borders of Indonesia. The sudden statement was greeted with cheers at GreenPeace World Headquarters in Amsterdam. They earned it...it was a festive culmination after years of hard work. This included intense lobbying, peaceful protest and...of course...blogging! But they weren't the only ones celebrating. Deep in the Sumatran jungle, the tigers, bears and orangutans all began singing together...just like in the animated Disney movie The Jungle Book!
Oops! Sorry. We do get a bit carried away here at the DUNER BLOG. Jokes aside, this is a major victory for our world's rain forests. Let's look at the stats: Asia Pulp and Paper is the third largest producer of paper products in the world and is worth billions of US dollars (and quintillions of Indonesian Rupiah!). Their products are everywhere. In fact, there's a high chance you've used an APP item today. For example, AAP made the Danon Yogurt packaging at breakfast. They also make the boxes that hold the Kentucky Fried Chicken Strips you ate for lunch. In addition, they make they color Xerox paper you used at work this afternoon. And don't try to hide from guilt by saying you don't live on the Asian Continent. APP's paper products are sold on all six continents!
Let's address the cynics who ask: "What corporation would ever willingly bow to a bunch of yahoo environmentalists? What's the catch?" We at the DUNER BLOG agree. We conducted research into APP's past. It's not pretty. In Indonesia alone, they've cleared five million acres of old growth rain forest. The company also buys illegal timber from Cambodia and China's semi-autonomous Yunan Province. All toll, they produce 7 million tons of paper annually with massive profit margins. But those days are over. From now on, they will rely solely on "tree farms" which are already growing all over Indonesia. In response, GreenPeace has formally ended its campaign against the corporate giant.
And remember: If you print out your e-mails, you can no longer call them e-mails. You have taken the electronic aspect away. They're just mail. Save Paper Now!