Thursday, 19 July
treetanic awards for trying to sink
global forest coalition to show Bonn
delegates the difference between a sink and a
Friends of the Earth International and other
members of the Global Forest Coalition will
hand over a Treetanic Award to the
Corporation or Chief Executive Officer trying
hardest to sink the Kyoto Protocol with plans
to include large monoculture tree plantations
(sinks) as a way out from emission cuts.
This year's nominees for the Treetanic
The Treetanic ceremony will take place at
12.30pm tomorrow (Friday) at the NGO Press
Conference Room in the Ministry of Justice.
Before the ceremony Friends of the Earth
International and other Global Forest
Coalition will hold an ACTION to try explain
to delegates the basic difference between a
Sink and a Tree.
David Anderson, CEO of the Canadian
Timber Industry (and occasionally
Junichiro Koizumi, CEO of Corporate
Japan (and, when time allows, Prime
Bob Hill, CEO of the Australian
Eucalyptus Industry (and sometimes
Pete Hodson, CEO of the New Zealand
Sheep Industry (and intermittently
Australia, Japan and New Zealand, none of
which have yet promised to ratify the Kyoto
Protocol, want to include large-scale tree
plantations and other sinks projects in the
Clean Development Mechanism. They are also
pushing hard to include a broad range of
activities under article 3.4 of the Kyoto
Protocol, which allows countries to meet
Kyoto targets through activities such as
plantation establishment instead of cutting
their CO2 emissions.
Simone Lovera of Friends of the Earth
"The Governments of Australia, Canada,
Japan and New Zealand are still trying to
hold the Kyoto Protocol to ransom. They
want to avoid action at home to cut
greenhouse gas emissions. To do this they
are trying to saddle the planet will
millions of acres of environmentally
destructive monoculture plantations. It
seems that some senior politicians in these
countries have trouble distinguishing
between a sink and a tree. We hope that our
award and our action tomorrow will help
teach them the difference."
Simone Lovera 00 31 6 5361 4586
Ian Willmore 0174 1260 4808 or 00 44 7887
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