World Rainforest Movement

Appeal from literature and journalism for socially and environmentally clean paper

Paper is a wonderful material, which for centuries has served for a fertile exchange of ideas among human beings. For us all who use it as an essential vehicle to share what we think, imagine, dream, know or believe we know, paper is a wonderful tool that we want to be able to continue using … but not at the expense of people and the environment.

As people who live in this reality, we are aware of the serious injustices and inequalities – social and environmental – arising from the world production and consumption of paper.

In addition to the destruction of forests for making paper, now forests and grasslands are being replaced by vast monoculture tree plantations, destroying communities, water, soil and all life. Both the destruction of forests and the installation of monoculture tree plantations – occupying food-producing land – bring about enormous damage to the local population, who see their rights violated, their environment destroyed and their way of life irremediably affected.

The destructive cycle is continued with pulp production, in which fewer and increasingly larger companies take possession of land where they plant trees, of water that their trees and mills consume and contaminate, of political power acquired through their billion dollar investments, and of the environment that they destroy in the regions where they are installed.

To destruction are added inequities. The enormous volume of paper produced from this pulp feeds a “world market” centred on rich and powerful peoples’ consumption. The average figures (that hide enormous inequalities on a national level), show that consumption per capita is more than ten times higher in the countries of the North than in those of the South.

To inequity is added excessive consumption. Only as an example it is enough to see the mountains of paper and cardboard growing night after night in the streets of New York to understand that most of the pulp production does not end up as books, newspapers or journals, but simply as trash. In general terms, at least half the pulp produced goes to the production of paper and cardboard for wrapping and packaging, most of it totally unnecessary.

We do not want to have anything to do with paper produced in this way. We do not want to become accomplices to the social and environmental destruction this implies. We do not trust certification schemes that have given their seal of “sustainability” to these same monoculture plantations whose impacts we know so well.

This situation has already reached intolerable limits and its solution requires policies discouraging unnecessary consumption, promoting a rational and socially appropriate use of paper, ensuring an equitable use among countries and within countries, facilitating the development of diversified models on a smaller scale for the production of pulp, respecting both people and the environment.

The above is perfectly feasible and no technical limitations of any kind exist to prevent it from becoming a reality. The only and real obstacle is the economic interest of large companies, whose objective is to continue making profits by imposing an increasingly large and unlimited consumption of paper. The time has come to tell them that this is enough.

We are therefore appealing to those, who like us want to be able to continue communicating through this marvellous material called paper, to join in this struggle for a socially and environmentally clean paper.

 

166 signs up to 10 th October 2008

 

Victor Bacchetta, Uruguay

Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria

Jordi Bigues, Cataluña

Elizabeth Bravo, Ecuador

Ricardo Carrere, Uruguay

Antonio Franco, Spain

Mempo Giardinelli, Argentina

François Houtart, Belgium

John Karumbizda, South Africa

Kintto Lucas, Uruguay

George Monbiot, United Kingdom

Edgar Morin, Francia

Guillemo Núñez, Chile

Wale Okediran, Nigeria

Ike Okonta, Nigeria

Noel Rajesh, India

Ana Cristina Rossi, Costa Rica

Vandana Shiva,. India

Lucas Chiappe, Argentina

Jaime E. García ,Costa Rica

Jorge Vicente, Argentina

Chris Lang, Germany

Mandy Haggith ,Scotland

Florencia Ruiz, Argentina

Silvana Buján, Argentina

Noemi Abad, Argentina

Jorge H. Rabey, Argentina

Susana Colombo, Argentina

Alejandro Alvarez Durante, Argentina

Olga Pareja, Uruguay

Brousse Stéphane, France

María Isabel Cárcamo, Uruguay

Béatrice Nys, Switzerland

Evelyne Monnay, Switzerland

Julie Rieder, Switzerland

Zuleica Nycz, Brazil

Tomas Pimpignano, Argentina

Joaquin Pimpignano, Argentina

Osvaldo Nicolas Pimpignano, Argentina

Julian Gonzalez, Argentina

Carmen Natividad Campos, Argentina

Genty Emilie, France

Emmanuelle Grundmann, France

Hebert Abimorad, Sweden

Nemesio J. Rodríguez Mitchell, Mexico

Zohelio Jaimes Chavez, Mexico

Eduardo Surroca, Uruguay

Alda Rodríguez, Nicaragua

Crystal Johnsson, Argentina

Alicia da Cruz, Uruguay

Antonio Graziano, Uruguay/Italy

José Julio Garategui, Uruguay

Pedro Goenaga, Argentina

José da Cruz, Uruguay

Hernán Sorhuet, Uruguay

Julio Rodríguez Saiz, Spain

Clara Riveros Sosa, Argentina

Marcus Colchester, United Kingdom

Lorena Salgado, Costa Rica

Mario Martínez Sobrino, Cuba

Gregorio Echeverría, Argentina

Rossana Echevarria, Uruguay

Adrián Néstor Escudero, Argentina

Eduardo Gudynas, Uruguay

João Luiz Monti, Brazil

Jerome Hutin, France

Sophie Osmont, France

Sophie Fabregat, France

Jean-François Crételle, France

Bina, India

Cheryl Morris; South Africa

Vincent Mark Abedi, Ghana

Monroe Jeffrey, U.S.A.

Alejandra Parra Muñoz, Chile

Jeff Conant, U.S.A.

Orin Langelle, U.S.A.

Claudia von Werlhof, Austria

Jo Ripley, U.S.A.

Wilbur Zielke, U.S.A.

Eleonora Serrati, Italy

Laura Moreno, Brazil

Carolyn Moran; U.S.A.

Ricardo Natalichio, Argentina

Marina Pose, Uruguay

Jean-François Crételle – France

Lambert Weiss – France

Judy Hindley – United Kingdom

Roberto Giubergia V. – Chile

Alicia Borges Figueroa – Uruguay

Enrique Winter – Chile

Mba Victorien – Cameroun

Coco Hall – USA

Jeff Conant – USA

Leigh Phillips – Belgium

Jeremy Bird – United Kingdom

Jiri Zemanek – Czech Republik

Ian Burfield – United Kingdom

Ricardo Sequeiros Coelho – Portugal

Claudio Huerta Valenzuela – Chile

Carmen Salzano – Venezuela

Miryám Hess – Brazil

Luis E. Sabini Fernández – Uruguay/Argentina/Sweden

Karel Stibral – Czech Republic

Karen Mackey – USA

Despoina Mertzanidou -Greece

Anatoly Lebedev – Russia

Eleni Papadatou – Greece

Karen Mackey – USA

Marcela Parra – Chile

Jay Griffiths – United Kingdom

Carlos A. Llerena – Peru

Ana Zita Bermúdez – Costa Rica

Nemesio Juan Rodríguez Mitchell – Mexico

Violeta Valenzuela – Italy

Morgan Gunnarsson – Sweden

Piergiuorgio Helzel – Brazil

Peter Gerhardt – Germany

Mwayafu David – Uganda

Laura Moya – Argentina

Carlos U. Leoni – Argentina

Edu Olavo – Brazil

Felipe Amaral – Brazil

Néstor Ocampo Giraldo – Colombia

Dante H. Vídez Roca – Bolivia

Bianca Peres – Brazil

Xanat Antonio – Mexico

Yela – Peru

Marielle Lansink – Germany

Miquel Guerrero – Cataluña (Spain)

Oscar Salzgeber – Argentina

Kaj Dorstenia – Denmark

Gabriela Ascóniga – Venezuela

Hudi DW – Indonesia

Laura Jara Suazo – Argentina

Robson Bauer Zilli – Brazil

Sabina Rasmussen – Colombia

Juan Gabriel Ixcamparij – Guatemala

Dolores Riera – Spain

Nathalya Rocha – Brazil

Paloma Pavez Riquelme – Chile

Wendy Attwell – United Kingdom

Adriana Salvino – Argentina

Mwayafu David – Uganda

Guillermo Martinez – Argentina

Martin Gloeckle – Germany

Sue Gullett – United Kingdom

Zoe Laker – United Kingdom

Jeffrey Allen – Canada

Lidia Tisserand – France

Susanne McCrea – Canada

Fernando Márquez – Colombia

Pablo Noble – Uruguay

Osvaldo Nicolas Pimpignano – Argentina

Kareen Urrutia – Guatemala

Alejandro Oviedo – Argentina

Malú Sierra – Chile

Een Irawan Putra – Indonesia

Dwi Lesmana – Indonesia

Jelle Wever – The Netherlands

Cíntia Pereira Barenho – Brazil

Alejandra Jerez – Argentina

Carlos Fazio – Mexico

Mirta Alina Batavalle – Argentina

Danilo Rueda – Colombia

Julian Kunnie – USA

Carlos Rasqual Diéguez – Cuba

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