Praise the E.U. for Fining Country Accused of Illegal Logging

Target: Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Union

Goal: Applaud the decision to fine Poland for illegal logging in Europe’s last remaining primeval forest.

The Bialowieza Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, believed by scientists to be the last remaining vestige of forests that once covered most of Europe 8,000 years ago. In spite of this, Polish Minister of Environment Jan Szyszko called for a three-fold increase of logging in this critical forest habitat last year, enraging environmentalists and the global community as a whole. The E.U. has now decided to hold Poland accountable for its illegal logging activities, threatening to impose a €100,000 fine for each day the nation continues to disrupt this sensitive habitat.

According to international law, Poland is forbidden from logging in the old-growth forest. This especially holds true for trees that are over 100 years old, many of which Polish loggers are targeting in a stated attempt to eradicate bark beetles. However, the forest’s destruction could result in thousands of species, including endangered lynx and bison, being left without a home.

Following the announcement of the fines, Szyszko said that Poland would be “100 percent compliant” with the guidelines. While it remains to be seen whether this will result in a full reversal of Poland’s disastrous environmental policy, these fines will likely force the nation to reconsider its logging activities. Sign this petition to thank the E.U. for holding Poland responsible for the rampant destruction of this vulnerable and unique forest habitat.


Dear President Juncker,

The European Union’s recent decision to fine Poland for violating international law by logging in the Bialowieza Forest is a necessary and welcome development in the ongoing struggle to save this pristine wilderness from destruction. It is clear that Poland’s ongoing actions put this cherished UNESCO World Heritage Site at risk. Even more importantly, thousands of species may be put at risk of extinction if the forest is destroyed.

Preserving old-growth forests is an important part of ensuring that European nations meet climate goals and is necessary to save the planet’s biodiversity. We, the undersigned, thank you for recognizing this and for holding Poland accountable. We hope that the need for these fines will be short-lived and that Poland will comply fully with existing laws as a result.


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Photo Credit: Krzysztof Parzych

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  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    all forests of the world need protection.

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