The upcoming Tokyo Olympics — moved to summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic — have literally been built on rainforest destruction. From the massive amount of plywood sheets sourced from Indonesia’s rainforests, to the gold sponsors who won’t stop investing in Conflict Palm Oil and paper projects — the Tokyo Olympics has been championing deforestation at a global scale. It’s time to bring the world together to hold these Olympic Games accountable.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and its corruption scandals are directly tied to rainforest destruction: The Games’ timber supplier Korindo was “allegedly engaged in questionable deals” as they bought up rainforests in Indonesia to harvest timber and develop palm oil plantations. But to date, the Tokyo 2020 organizers have failed to disclose how much Korindo wood they used, rejected six complaints we brought against them over their use of Korindo wood, and only partially disclosed where the wood was sourced from.
What do human rights abuses, 2020 Olympics and banks have in common? Wrongfully arrested and tortured by police for defending their own land… These are just a couple of the unimaginable human tragedies we’ve discovered in the rainforests of North Maluku, Indonesia.