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Environment East Gippsland (EEG): Logging in disputed rainforest area - contact Lisa Neville MP

Last week GECO - Goongerah Environment Centre reported an illegal rainforest logging operation that has occurred on the Errinundra Plateau, East Gippsland. We documented the destruction and sent a report to the Victorian government. The mainstream media reported it, Australians called, emailed, tweeted and talked about it. They asked the Environment Minister to end this senseless destruction and immediately stop logging. The pressure was felt in her office but logging continues and the forests need you to act again.

Stop IKEA from destroying Russia's remaining 10% of ancient forests

This has been adapted from an e-mail from asumofus.org. Original story here.

The roar of a chainsaw shatters the peaceful calm of the Karelia forest in Northwestern Russia. A logger carves into an exquisite giant -- a 600-year-old tree -- with expert precision. Within minutes, he has masterfully sliced through tree rings, added the felled tree to a growing pile, and moved on to the next.

These trees -- part of Russia's last remaining old-growth forests -- will be chopped up to make cutting boards, wooden spoons and other items for IKEA. IKEA has built a reputation around sustainability and tells its customers, literally, "We Love Wood", and that the furniture they buy will not contain wood from old-growth forests.

See also: Russian law requires registration of "NGO carrying out functions as a foreign agent" of 13 July 2012

Australian aid to preserve overseas rainforests does not absolve it from domestic rainforest destruction

Australia's show of concern for forests in the Asia Pacific region, whilst welcomed by Ecological Internet is in stark contrast to its domestic tolerance of the destruction of ancient primary forests.

Originally published on www.rainforestportal.org on 21 August 2008.

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