Pressure building on ANZ to not fund forest destruction in Tasmania

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The ANZ ‘Forest Policy’ and possible investment in the Gunn’s proposed pulp mill in Tasmania is under public scrutiny after a 12 December Australasian day of action. Twenty five events across Australia, Japan and New Zealand were part of the campaign for ANZ not to fund the mill.

Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman spoke out against the Mill outside the Manners Mall, Wellington branch of the bank. “The proposed pulp mill in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania will lock in the destruction of irreplaceable native Australian forests, as well as releasing huge stores of greenhouse gases and contaminants into local water catchments,” he said.

Earlier this year, Finsec Acting President Kelvin Pycroft wrote to ANZ National to raise concerns about the bank’s funding of Malaysian logging company Rimbunan Hijau and their forest destruction in Papua New Guinea. Finsec encouraged the bank to meet with the Green Party and conservation groups to find a way forward in the interests of the environment and the reputation of the bank.

For more information about the campaign against the pulp mill and forest destruction in Papua New Guinea, check out

http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/forests/tasmania/gunns_proposed_pulp_mill/anz-intl-day-awareness/

 

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