Rainforest Action Network Commends Disney for Paper Sourcing CommitmentOctober 12, 2012
Disney’s commitment will have a particularly important impact in Indonesia, the primary place where tropical rainforests are still being cut down for paper. The pulp and paper industry is one of the main drivers of the estimated 2.5 million acres of rainforest cut down per year in Indonesia.
Lafcadio Cortesi, RAN asia director, “Indonesia has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world due, in part, to pulp and paper giants like Asia Pulp and Paper and APRIL. Disney’s commitment will reduce the demand for paper made at the expense of rainforests while creating incentives for improved forest management and green growth.”
Indonesia has some of the most biologically and culturally diverse forests in the world, home to iconic species like the Sumatran tiger, of which only 400 animals remain. Indonesia is ranked third in greenhouse gas emissions, just behind China and the United States, due to this rampant deforestation.
Rainforest Action Network began working with Disney in 2010 when lab results found that Disney children’s books were printed with rainforest fiber. RAN will continue to work with Disney to ensure effective implementation of its paper policy.
Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.