Activists Lock down to stage at
Global Forest and Paper Summit
Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina (west Georgia and Cardero)
Vancouver, BC - Two Canadian women from Vancouver's Environmental Direct Action Network disrupted a meeting by locking down to each other at the Global Forest and Paper Summit today.
Their action was an effort to criticize the timber corporations that were in attendance at the summit who are responsible for destroying endangered ecosystems, local economies and First Nations communities across Canada and the world.
"The companies at this conference today, such as International Paper, Weyerhaeuser and Abitibi, are more interested in short-term profits then the long-term survival of our society and our planet," said Leah Henderson, a member of the Vancouver Environmental Direct Action Network and one of the women arrested. "We embrace a future that supports local economies, protects forests and supports local economies."
The activists disrupted a panel presentation entitled "Growing the Market: Strategies for Increasing Consumption of Paper & Wood Products."
"Since the industrial revolution, the world has lost over 80 percent of its original forests; accelerating the process of turning ancient forests into disposable products, such as toilet paper and cardboard is one of the most stupid, short-sighted and destructive activities I can think of," says Casey Pritchard, another member of the Vancouver Environmental Direct Action Network and the second woman arrested. "It's like smoking cigarettes."
Over 500 senior forest and paper industry executives, industry analysts, suppliers, and government policymakers from around the world will meet during the three-day conference to decide the fate of the world's forests. The conference has one lone delegate from an environmental organization.
The two women are being held at222 Main. A small solidarity vigil is being organized.