Thanks in part to the support from tens of thousands of RAN activists and supporters, this past June the Grassy Narrows First Nation won an unprecedented victory when AbitibiBowater, the largest paper company in the world, agreed to stop logging in their traditional territory and the provincial government agreed to honor Grassy Narrows’ consent for future decisions in their region. This important precedent for Indigenous Peoples’ rights allows us a unique opportunity to begin a new phase for the Old Growth Campaign. One of our top priorities will be to return to working to protect tropical rainforests, as well as reviewing the long history of the old growth campaign and commitments from companies such as Home Depot and Lowe’s. Another opportunity for forest protection is on the table at the UN climate negotiations and RAN’s team is accredited and ready to go. What else do you think we could do? We welcome your thoughts and input below.
Above all, RAN’s Old Growth campaign is committed to end logging in ancient forests worldwide. As part of planning this new phase for the campaign, RAN has begun undertaking a strategic review of the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC’s) benefits and costs. The credibility of the FSC continues to be threatened by controversies with specific certifications, with contentious policies such as the Controlled Wood Standard which operates much lower standard into than the FSC itself, and with the volume of wood certified from old growth forests. These controversies affect whether, and how much, RAN can continue supporting the FSC. RAN staff will attend the FSC annual meeting in November, we will report back our conclusions to our members and supporters as well as through dialogue with other NGOs.
Thanks to everyone for all of your support for this important work!