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PDX Está Presente: Resist Home Depot's prospecting in destruction of Patagonia's Rivers

Portland Represents: answering a call from International Rivers, requesting a stickering/photographing (Plus) campaign against Home Depot, which is prospecting on lumber from the "collateral damage" of Chile's destructive hydroelectric damming project
The Chilean economic interests that promote damming Patagonia's Wild Rivers At Risk claim that dirty dams are the answer to Chile's climate change challenges. These dams would destroy forests and livelihoods, and the associated transmission lines would be the world's longest clearcut!

We are calling on The Home Depot to cancel contracts with the Matte Group (CMPC) and the Angelini Group (Arauco), and to stop being hypocritical about their promise to help customers be environmentally conscious consumers while defending the sales of products from interests that promote the flooding of native forests and the destruction of a delicate web of life.
At the same time, The Home Depot sells more than 50 million dollars a year
of wood products that come from these same economic groups that are
promoting the dams. We are calling on The Home Depot to cancel contracts
with the Matte Group (CMPC) and the Angelini Group (Arauco), and to stop
being hypocritical about their promise to help customers be
environmentally conscious consumers while defending the sales of products
from interests that promote the flooding of native forests and the
destruction of a delicate web of life.


IN DENVER, CO:
Two Earth First! activists were arrested at a Home Depot
this morning in Glendale. The arrests followed a banner being hung off
the roof of a Home Depot store reading "Dam Home Depot, NOT
Patagonia!" Supporters of the arrested activists demand that Home
Depot cut all ties and voice their opposition to this project at
tomorrows corporate shareholders meeting tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia.

The banner-drop action was intended to remind both the public and the
company: "We've fought The Home Depot before and won."  Almost ten
years ago, Earth First! groups around the country joined with
Rainforest Action Network and others forced Home Depot to adopt wood
product policies that removed old growth from their shelves. But their
involvement in the HidroAysen project in Patagonia, Chile shows their
commitments to 'green business' practices looking a lot like empty
Public Relations.

International Rivers, an organization working to protect rivers and
defend the rights of communities that depend on them, explains that:

The HidroAysen project involves 3 dams on the Pascua River and 2 dams
on the Baker River that would flood globally rare forest ecosystems
and some of the most productive agricultural land in the Aysen region.
Electricity from these dams would be sent thousands of kilometers
north to serve Chile's biggest cities and its mammoth copper industry.
More than 1,500 miles of transmission lines would require one of the
world's longest clearcuts--much of it through untouched temperate
rainforests found nowhere else on the planet. US retailer The Home
Depot is the largest buyer of timber products from the main Chilean
interest promoting the dams. The Home Depot has been asked by
thousands of people, including socially responsible investors, to stop
buying timber from suppliers that plan to destroy the rivers and
forests of Patagonia.

According to Ron DeFeo of Home Depot (from a blog post this morning):
"we don't think it's our place to weigh in on an issue that we have no
expertise or influence over." While DeFeo denies the company's
involvement and refuses to accept the research of International
Rivers, his blog post admits that "the president of our supplier's
parent company owns shares, along with his family, in one of the
companies that would work on the project."

Earth First!, which is more of a movement than an organization, has
autonomous groups around the world who target corporations that are
responsible for devastating the planet. The movement currently has a
national Roadshow crossing the country to mobilize people to take
action against companies like Home Depot, which is currently featured
on their website www.earthfirstroadshow.wordpress.com

More information about this campaign at:
 http://internationalrivers.org/patagonia

homepage: homepage: http://internationalrivers.org/patagonia


Where is a good alternative? 03.Jun.2009 06:54

a Portland Contractor

Have been ordering lumber from Home Depot since it is the only supplier I know of that signed the No Old Growth Pledge in response to the Rainforest Action Network in 2000. In light of this information I would like to take my business elsewhere if a better alternative exists.