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Kleenex Goes Green…er

Kimberly-Clark (makers of Kleenex brand tissue paper) has set a goal of obtaining 100 percent of the company’s wood fiber for tissue products, including the Kleenex brand, from environmentally responsible sources. The revised standards will enhance the protection of Endangered Forests and increase the use of both Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified fiber and recycled fiber. By 2011, Kimberly-Clark will ensure that 40 percent of its North American tissue fiber is either recycled or FSC certified which is a 71% increase from 2007 levels that represents 600,000 tones of fiber.

Also by the end of 2011, Kimberly-Clark will eliminate the purchase of any fiber from the Canadian Boreal Forest that is not FSC certified. This forest is North America’s largest old growth forest, providing habitat for threatened wildlife such as woodland caribou and a sanctuary for more than one billion migratory birds. It is also the largest terrestrial storehouse of carbon on the planet, storing the equivalent of 27 years worth of global greenhouse gas emissions.

This latest commitment has received some hand clapping from Greenpeace, which will end its “Kleercut” campaign, which focused on the company and its brands.

A video celebrating Kimberly-Clark’s move as well as a history of Greenpeace’s campaign can be found at

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Greenpeace Hangs Global Warming Banner on Mount Rushmore

Greenpeace went out on a limb – or ledge today, hanging a giant, 65-foot banner over Mount Rushmore to draw attention to Climate Action. The banner read “America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming” and featured a half-finished portrait of President Obama.

The banner was up for almost an hour before being taken down early this afternoon.

Obama met G8 leaders in Italy today to discuss the global warming crisis as a preface to the UN climate treaty negotiations which are to take place in Copenhagen this December.

Greenpeace made it clear to the media that they respect American monuments.

Greenpeace wrote on their blog, “Global warming is an environmental crisis the likes of which we’ve never faced before, but so far, our leaders seem content to play politics with the issue. Yet, given the powerful forces who are actively working to delay action, addressing it adequately will require bold leadership, not political dealing. The banner hang on Mount Rushmore is intended to press President Obama to be a leader in establishing science-based global warming policy not just here in the U.S., but also internationally at the UN climate change discussions to be held in Copenhagen this December.”

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Greenpeace Opposes Waxman-Markey Climate Bill

In advance of tomorrow’s vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act in the House of Representatives, Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director Carroll Muffett issued the following statement:

“Since the Waxman-Markey bill left the Energy and Commerce committee, yet another fleet of industry lobbyists has weakened the bill even more, and further widened the gap between what Waxman-Markey does and what science demands. As a result, Greenpeace opposes this bill in its current form. We are calling upon Congress to vote against this bill unless substantial measures are taken to strengthen it. Despite President Obama’s assurance that he would enact strong, science-based legislation, we are now watching him put his full support behind a bill that chooses politics over science, elevates industry interests over national interest, and shows the significant limitations of what this Congress believes is possible.

“As it comes to the floor, the Waxman-Markey bill sets emission reduction targets far lower than science demands, then undermines even those targets with massive offsets. The giveaways and preferences in the bill will actually spur a new generation of nuclear and coal-fired power plants to the detriment of real energy solutions. To support such a bill is to abandon the real leadership that is called for at this pivotal moment in history. We simply no longer have the time for legislation this weak.

“With many others in the environmental, faith and consumer rights communities, Greenpeace has expressed tremendous concern about the role of offsets in this legislation. Unless strictly controlled, the abuse of offsets could prevent real emission reductions for more than a decade. The decision to move authority over offsets from EPA to the Department of Agriculture further reduces the likelihood that such controls will be maintained and increases the likelihood they will undermine real reductions.

This legislation sends a strong and unmistakable signal to the world that the United States is not yet ready to show the leadership necessary to reach a strong agreement at Copenhagen in December. Already, we are seeing the impact of this signal as one country after another retreats from the aggressive targets needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

We call on the Congress to reject this bill and begin immediate and urgent work on legislation that treats seriously the dire threat of climate change. We call on President Obama to move beyond rhetoric and deliver on his commitments to “restore science to its proper place” and to lead the world in addressing climate change.

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Greenpeace Claims Activists Beaten in Indonesia

Greenpeace is claiming that members of their organization were beaten at a peaceful demonstration against alleged illegal land-clearing by logging and palm oil company, Sinar Mas, in Indonesia’s vast eastern Papua region and on Borneo island.

Activists claim that guards punched and kicked them as they tried to protest.

“The excessive violence today by Sinar Mas security is testament to the way this company does business,” Greenpeace Southeast Asia Forest campaigner Bustar Maitar said in a statement.

“Sinar Mas may think they are above the law, but the right to peaceful protest is enshrined in the Indonesian constitution.”

The activists say that Sinar Mas has demolished huge areas of peatland and forests near the town of Lereh, as well as in Lake Sentarum National Park. Greenpeace apparently has photographic evidence that Sinar Mas had cleared carbon-rich peatland breaking a three-metre depth threshold, which is against Indonesian law.

Deforestation is a huge problem in Indonesia, the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, a major contributor to climate change.

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Greenpeace Activists Protest Cimate Change at EU Building

In Brussels today, Greenpeace activists blocked the European Union building to draw attention to the fight on climate change. At the time of the protest, finance ministers were meeting about giving bailout funds to banks.

With banners that read, “Save the climate” and “Bail out the planet,” 340 activists from 20 countries participated in the protest, according to a Greenpeace statement.

“Finance ministers are giving billions of taxpayers’ money to failed banks, but we’re here to make sure they also put money on the table to tackle climate change,” Greenpeace campaigner Thomas Henningsen said. “If the planet were a bank they would bail it out.”

Greenpeace activists said they are hoping to pressure EU finance ministers to give African and other developing nations special budgets to begin fighting climate change rather than bailing out banks.

Some protesters were detained by police, while others chained themselves to the fence of the EU building.

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Greenpeace Rallies During Clinton’s Indonesia Meeting

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a meeting in Jakarta. With Indonesia and the U.S. being the world’s second and third largest greenhouse gas emitters, members of Greenpeace rallied outside the presidential palace during the meeting to bring attention to reducing emissions.

“We call on the US leadership to handle the issue of climate change seriously and we ask developed countries like the US to provide funds to countries like Indonesia to save their forests and support their efforts to reduce emissions,” Greenpeace forest campaigner Bustar Maitar said.

For Indonesia, forest-clearing is the main cause of emissions and Clinton told Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda that she “applauded” Indonesian efforts to “integrate deforestation into the broader climate negotiations.”

However, Greenpeace maintains that the United States needs to have stratedgies in place that would offer countries financial incentives to stop deforestation and offer environmentally friendly development alternatives.

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