Target: Gerald Schweighofer, CEO of a large European lumber company
Goal: Stop construction of a lumber factory in Transylvania’s old-growth forest
The ancient forests of Transylvania in central Romania are some of the last remaining wild spaces in Europe. These expansive forests cover a huge area, providing a home for many species of bears, lynx, wolves, eagles, boars and other wildlife. Furthermore, they play an important ecological role in that these forests help in carbon sequestration, which keeps carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The large forests of Transylvania also help to purify air and water quality, stabilize soil for small-scale agriculture, and counteract the effects of erosion caused by development.
Despite all of these benefits, Transylvanian forests face an ever-increasing threat of deforestation. Many logging companies have made their way into these once pristine forests, clearing large expanses and, in doing so, causing massive destruction.
One of Europe’s largest lumber companies, Holzindustrie Schweighofer, has recently invested 150 million Euro (nearly 200 million US dollars) in the construction of a lumber factory in the Covasna County area of Transylvania. The proposed lumber factory would be the country’s fifth in Romania and possibly one of its most damaging. The company’s CEO, Gerald Schweighofer has expressed the company’s plan to process up to “800,000 cubic meters of logs annually” from this particular site. A vast majority of this processed lumber would be shipped to Asia, notably, Japan.
The logging giant has contributed significantly to the deforestation of large areas of northern Europe. According to the company’s website, “Schweighofer sawmills typically run double shifts after only three months,” and this new factory is no different. Plans to open the facility as early as 2014 are in full effect, despite protests by environmental groups that worry about the potentially disastrous effects the factory could have on the area.
The Transylvanian Wildlife Project (TWP) has expressed concerns that the construction of this new factory would be an “environmental disaster,” and worries that the “long-term future of Transylvania’s unique wilderness is under threat.”
Help preserve the beautiful and ecologically valuable forests of Transylvania by demanding that Holzindustrie Schweighofer stop its plan to build a new lumber factory in the heart of this ancient forest.
Dear CEO Gerald Schweighofer,
Transylvania’s old-growth forests are both intrinsically and ecologically valuable. As some of Europe’s last and most expansive, untouched areas, these forests provide a home for countless species of flora and fauna, including endangered species of bears, lynx and wolves. Furthermore, these huge forests help counteract the effects of human pollution and climate change by detaining carbon, purifying air and water quality and enriching soil.
Any deforestation can drastically decrease these natural services that Transylvanian forests provide, but especially the large-scale deforestation that would undoubtedly occur with the creation of a new lumber factory. By processing a proposed 800,000 cubic meters of logs each year, this new factory would greatly affect the forest ecosystem. The result would be a loss of habitat, and therefore a loss of invaluable wildlife, and an increase in pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases.
We cannot let the last of our very few untouched forests be destroyed. Instead, it is our duty to preserve them in order to protect long-term biodiversity and the intrinsic value of our planet. Therefore, I ask that you stop plans to build a new lumber factory in the Covasna county of Romania, and thereby help protect these ancient forests rather than destroy them.
[Your Name Here]
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