Tell Nordea to say no to Gunns

Posted: 5 January 2010 in Australia, Gunns, New pulp mills, Nordea, Resistance

Avaaz.org is running a campaign to urge Nordea Bank not to finance Gunns Pulp Mill in Tasmania. Please send an email via the Avaaz website – but please re-write the suggested email. Nordea should have nothing to do with Gunns. Suggesting that Nordea might fund a Gunns’ pulp mill that is 100% based on plantation timber is not a good idea…. Below the video (from the Avaaz website) is the email I sent to Nordea. While the Gunns project staggers from one controversy to another, as the Wilderness Society points out “we’re not out of the woods yet“.


Dear Mr. Clausen,

I am amazed that Nordea is considering financing the Gunns Pulp Mill in Australia, particularly since Nordea is a signatory to the Equator Principles.

The approval for the mill undermined the democratic process in Tasmania (see this article http://bit.ly/7e3wjd).

Logging in Tasmania involves clearcutting and removing the large logs. The remaining wood is heaped into piles. Helicopters drop what the industry calls liquefied diesel gel (and the rest of us call napalm) and the remains of the forest are burnt. Huge clouds of smoke hang over Tasmania for weeks.

This proposed pulp mill has been mired in controversy for many years (http://bit.ly/6xBLW). The pulp mill would be an economic, social and environmental disaster.

Funding this pulp mill would destroy the Bank’s reputation and Tasmania’s forests. Please do not fund this pulp mill.

I look forward to your reply.

Regards,

Chris Lang
Indonesia

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Comments
  1. Karl Stevens says:

    We in the Tamar Valley of Tasmania have been held hostage by Gunns for five years now. Why should these ecological vandals be pouring
    64,000 tonnes of effluent into the sea in 2010? Why are they
    burning wood for electricity in a closed valley system? Why do they control the Tasmanian Government? Why have they made it illegal for residents, some who live only hundreds of meters from the site, to take any legal action against Gunns for ever?
    This is a human rights issue and we are prepared to die stopping these criminals.

  2. Chris Lang says:

    Here’s the reply I received this morning from Nordea:

    > Dear recipient
    >
    > Thank you for your mail.
    > Nordea has during the past days received hundreds of mails regarding
    > the proposed pulp mill in Tasmania, Australia and due to this I
    > unfortunately can not respond to all of them individually.
    > I want you to know that Nordea has not made any decision or commitment
    > to finance the project.
    > When customers approach us regarding new projects, we obviously
    > consider whether it is possible to provide financing for the project
    > according to our policies and procedures. Social and environmental
    > impacts are always included in our evaluation of new projects, and we
    > do not finance projects in conflict with international norms.
    > We cannot comment on potential customer relationships. However, we
    > would not finance a project in the form presented in the media so far.
    > As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, Nordea is a signatory
    > to the UN Global Compact, the UNEP FI, the Equator Principles, and
    > supports the OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises.
    > Best regards,
    > Liisa Jauri
    > Head of CSR, Nordea

  3. Rosemary Bamberger says:

    How very sad that money should be so much more important than the future of the Tasmanian life, both human and sometimes unique wildlife! It’s the future of our children and grandchildren, and yours too! We all need money to live, but not when it’s at the cost of the planet we all live on.

    PLEASE rethink and listen to the very real concerns of very real people!

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