GLOBAL CONSUMPTION OF PAPER AND WORLD'S FORESTS
• 80 per cent of the world's original forests are already logged. 1
• 71 per cent of the world's paper supply is derived from the remaining ecologically valuable, biologically diverse forests rather than from tree farms. 2
• Canadians consume a disproportionate amount of paper and paperboard at 277.38 kg per person, compared to Australia, which consumes 185.53 kg per person. The worldwide average per person: 52.45 kg (2004). 3
• Approximately 46 per cent of paper consumed in Canada was recovered to produce new paper and paperboard products in 2004. 4 In contrast, the paper recovery rate for Hong Kong (2002) is 53 per cent, Japan (domestic, 2000) 59 per cent and Germany (1999) 78 per cent. 5
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• At 1.3 billion acres, Canada's boreal forest is one of the largest intact forest ecosystems remaining on earth. 6
• The boreal covers 77 per cent of Canada's forest lands, reaching from the Yukon to Labrador. 7
• Approximately 40 per cent of the trees logged in Canada's ancient rainforests (trees up to 1,400 years old)8 and 65 per cent of those logged in Canada's boreal forests are used to produce pulp and paper. 9
• The Canadian boreal is being destroyed at a rate of about 2 hectares per minute. 10
• Canada is the world's largest producer of newsprint. In 2005, Canada produced 7.8 million tonnes of newsprint and exported 6.7 million tonnes. Canadians consumed 1.1 million tonnes. 11
• The equivalent in weight of approximately 90 million trees is used each year in Canada to make newsprint. 12
ANCIENT FORESTS AT YOUR SERVICE
• Canada's boreal forest is the world's largest terrestrial carbon sink, and is estimated to provide $3.7 trillion of ecosystem services such as water filtration and carbon sequestration. 13
• Canada's boreal is the breeding ground for up to 3 billion songbirds, and nearly half of the bird species in North America regularly use the boreal. 14
• The boreal is home to hundreds of old-growth-dependent species, including the endangered woodland caribou. Extensive logging continues in woodland caribou habitat in spite of scientists' and environmentalists' opposition. 15
ANCIENT FOREST FRIENDLY CALL TO ACTION FOR READERS
• Contact the publishers of your favourite newspapers, magazines and books and encourage them to adopt an Ancient Forest Friendly paper policy.
• Contact your MPP to stop logging in intact areas of the Ontario boreal.
• Go to www.ancientforestfriendly. com and support authors, titles and publishers that are Ancient Forest Friendly. Look for the Ancient Forest Friendly logo.
• Use the tools and resources at www.marketsinitiative.org/resources to make your home and work Ancient Forest Friendly.
• Donate to Markets Initiative to support its work to protect ancient and endangered forests through the marketplace.
1. World Resources Institute.
2. International Institute for Environment and Development for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (1996). Towards A Sustainable Paper Cycle: An Independent Study On The Sustainability Of The Pulp And Paper Industry.
3. World Resources Institute. EarthTrends environmental information database, forests, grasslands and drylands, paper and paperboard consumption data for 2004.
4. Paper Recycling Association of Canada.
5. Environment, Transport and Works Bureau Hong Kong.
6. Canadian Songbird Initiative.
7. Forest Products Association of Canada.
8. Cheri Burda and Fred P. Gale (1996). Trading In The Future: An Examination Of BC's Commodity Export Strategy In Forest Products.
9. Book Business Magazine (February 2006). Can't See The Forests For The Tree Farms.
10. T. Berman (2002). Boreal Time Has Come. Taiga News issue 41, winter 2002. Taiga Rescue Network.
11. Natural Resources Canada.
12. Calculated by Markets Initiative using the Natural Defense Paper Calculator.
13. Pembina Institute for the Canadian Boreal Initiative. (2005). Counting Canada's Natural Capital: Assessing The Real Value Of Canada's Boreal Ecosystem Services.
14. Boreal Songbird Initiative. (2005). The Boreal Forest Region: North America's Bird Nursery.
15. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Sierra Club of Canada (2006). Woodland Cariboo And Canada's Boreal Forest.