Greenpeace Australia Pacific BLOG

I’m scum? Well I’m not destroying rainforests

Posted on August 16, 2011 by Reece Turner

In the last few days I’ve learnt that I’m “scum”, “a bloody idiot”, “a bloody hypocrite of epic proportions” and even had an abusive comment in ape language translated for me.

People say you have to be thick-skinned as a campaigner but frankly this is pretty tame (and uncreative) compared to what I might cop from my pair of hilarious brothers on a weekend kayak or my exceedingly witty ladyfriend on a daily basis.

Today, the fine people over at Asia Pulp and Paper’s Australian arm, Solaris, have been exposed in an article by online news site mumbrella not only for a lack of wit and good manners. They’ve also demonstrated that they have a long, long way to go before taking the environmental consequences of their business seriously.

The notorious, destructive activities of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) have been documented and exposed by Greenpeace and other NGOs time and again for years. The Guardian’s George Monbiot has said that APP ‘could make a fair claim to being one of the most destructive companies on the planet’.

APP: How about you spend your time cleaning up your act, rather than your image?

For these reasons and because Indonesia’s rainforests can not take much more abuse from companies like APP, Greenpeace will continue to pressure companies not to support this company and trade in rainforest destruction.

Yet in response to another major contract cancellation, this time, IGA owners Metcash, Solaris responded immediately with public relations spin and misinformation and then backed it up with abusive comments under pseudonyms on an online news site. The ads would have cost tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

APP publicly say they want to sit at the table with Greenpeace but before that, they need to show they are serious about cleaning up their act in Indonesia’s forests rather than just efforts to clean up their image.

P.S. Thanks for all the positive messages you send to Greenpeace – they far outweigh the negative!

Blog post by: Reece Turner
Reece Turner is a senior campaigner at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He started campaigning for Greenpeace in 2008, excited by the prospect of tackling environmental issues on a global scale.
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  • karen cobb

    Well done Greenpeace, as a adopter of wild Tigers in Sumatra, supporter of the Sumantra Tiger Trust and have my own FB page raising awareness for Sumatran Tigers I would personally like to thank Greenpeace for their hard work saving Sumatra. Keep up the good work.

  • Terese Mott

    Would just like to add my thoughts..

    Reece Turner is a very passionate, intelligent man that has certainly done his homework. Reece has spent countless hours ensuring that any Timber products imported into Australia have been resourced from Certified concessions and every stick of wood that arrives into Australia is legal.

    For those of you that call him “SCUM” or a “bloody idiot” only tells me you have something to hide!!! or cannot be bothered.

    You all have families, take holidays, imagine taking a holiday and listening to the Tour guide saying “In recent times there used to be lizards or bears or something, that lived here!!” But it doesnt anymore.

    Will you tell them, your family, because of your decision, that some species dont exist anymore because it was more important at the time to make your boss happy, that you chose to order this particular deforestion so you could have the cheapest toilet paper to wipe your arse. In a nutshell that will be the best most honest answer you can give your kids.

    Take a step back people …

    Reece Turner isnt a SCUM nor an idiot, I have only had the pleasure of meeting him on a few occassions, however, I can confidently say that, if we had more “Reece Turners” in the world, it be a far more better place!!

  • Malcolm Sinclair

    Good on you Greenpeace.

    It’s hard to confront multimillion dollar uncaring corporations.

  • Chris Bleach

    I have donated to Greenpeace and been a activist for many years, the more
    i read about the devastation we wreak on our forests and wildlife all over the world in the name of
    business and making money shocks me beyond belief, all i can say is thank goodness
    we have the wonderful people of Greenpeace on our side, and we are having some wins.

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