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Forests and how to save them’ (Planet over Profit)

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Manchester Friends of the Earth is inviting people to celebrate the world’s forests at the ‘Forests and how to save them’ film screening and discussion event at Patagonia Manchester store.  6.30pm, Thursday 21st March. (1)

Thursday 21st March marks the United Nations International Day of Forests (2). We use wood in all kinds of products, from fuel to furniture and the wonders of habitats like the rainforest and the wealth of species they contain have been transported into our homes by TV series such as Planet Earth. But they’re being exploited to fuel global demand for everyday products.

The International Day of Forests event is an opportunity to learn about campaigns in the UK working to prevent forest destruction and will include:

·   a speaker from Biofuelwatch and a screening of Burned, a short film which highlights the role the UK plays in the destruction of forest internationally at the Drax power station. (3)

·   Helen Rimmer from Friends of the Earth will talk about the Planet Over Profit campaign which is calling for a new UK law to ensure companies are held responsible for their international supply chains; including the destruction of forests. (4)

Catherine Thomson, Manchester Friends of the Earth co-ordinator said:

“Of all the resources imported into the UK, timber has the largest land footprint. Every year, an area larger than Scotland is being deforested in places like Brazil and China, just to meet the UK’s demand. We’re the second biggest timber importer worldwide, and the largest user of wood pellets, primarily for electricity generation.”

“We need the UK Government to introduce tough new UK legislation to ensure companies are required to prevent harm, both to communities and the environment, through their operations and supply chains. This includes making companies legally responsible for harm and the right for communities to seek justice if and when damage occurs.”

On Saturday 23rd March, Manchester Friends of the Earth are also inviting people to join them for an Urban Forest Walk celebrating the role of urban forests in Manchester. (5)


Contact for comments:  Pete Abel, Manchester Friends of the Earth.  Mobile: 07951 642858   email: 

Notes for editors

1)    The event is kindly hosted by Patagonia Store, King Street, Manchester, M2 7AZ.  6.30pm, Thursday 21st March.  See

2)    The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

3)    For more information on Biofuelwatch see

4)    See Planet over Profit.

How is the UK causing habitat destruction worldwide?

Timber and wood products – End exploitation by big business

5)    A guided walk through some of the city’s urban ‘forests’ where we will learn about the importance of trees for us, wildlife and the planet. The walk is part of our Planet Over Profit Campaign as well as our call for more trees in places where people live.

Meet in Birchfield Park beside Birch Grove, Lime Avenue entrance (near Brighton Grove, M14 5JT) at 11am and spend time in the Park’s Forest Garden. We will then take a short walk down to Platt Fields Park and learn about the new Community Woodland finishing at approximately 1pm at Platt Fields Market Garden Cafe for a well deserved hot drink!

See for more details.

6)    Manchester Friends of the Earth is an award-winning environmental campaign group, raising awareness and lobbying for policy changes at a local, regional, national and international level. The group consists entirely of volunteers, and its campaigns are funded by membership fees and individual donations.   Up-to-date information is available on the group’s website:

Manchester Friends of the Earth is a Licensed Local Group of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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