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.