My name is Wendell Covalt and I’m a new Greenpeace volunteer. I’m a retired part owner of a computer software company where I did sales and marketing. I’ve supported Greenpeace for many years, and this weekend I organized an event at a local Barnes & Noble to get the company to stop purchasing paper from notorious forest destroyer Asia Pulp & Paper.
The next chapter of Barnes & Noble’s ties to an illegal logging scandal in Indonesia continues. As the wave of enlightened activists sweeps across the country, people are taking to the streets…and the bookshelves of Barnes & Nobles nationwide.
Barnes & Noble, put the “noble” back in your name and cut ties with deforestation
This past weekend in San Jose, Chicago, Emeryville California and Denver people with tiger face-paint occupied storefronts of Barnes & Noble to educate customers and get them involved in the campaign. In the wake of the recent Ramin Report released in late February, Barnes & Noble is the last US company identified that has failed to cut ties with Asia Pulp and Paper.
This St. Patrick’s Day I was not particularly interested in wearing something green, or having holiday drinks with my friends. Instead, to be green. So, I dressed in orange and black, and stood outside of Barnes & Noble in Newport Beach, California to draw attention to the bookstore’s ties to illegal rainforest destruction in Indonesia.
Home of the endangered Sumatran tiger and orangutan, Indonesia’s Paradise forest is being destroyed at a break neck rate for products like toilet paper, packaging, and books. Greenpeace recently came out with a report, The Ramin Paper Trail,
linking the illegal logging of the protected ramin trees from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) mills in Indonesia to American products like some books sold at Barnes & Noble. Continue reading →