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Hitting Home: Capitola Home Depot Hit With Literature to Save Patagonia
by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Monday May 4th, 2009 12:18 PM
The Home Depot in Capitola, California was targeted on Sunday, May 3rd with hundreds of stickers and handbills to publicize their involvement in a controversial development project in Patagonia, Chile.
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"We've fought The Home Depot before and won."

Almost ten years ago, Rainforest Action Network and others forced Home Depot to adopt wood product policies that removed old growth from their shelves. But their involvement in the HidroAysen project in Patagonia, Chile shows their commitments to 'green business' practices looking a lot like empty Public Relations.

International Rivers, an organization working to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them, explains that:

The HidroAysen project involves 3 dams on the Pascua River and 2 dams on the Baker River that would flood globally rare forest ecosystems and some of the most productive agricultural land in the Aysen region. Electricity from these dams would be sent thousands of kilometers north to serve Chile’s biggest cities and its mammoth copper industry. More than 1,500 miles of transmission lines would require one of the world's longest clearcuts--much of it through untouched temperate rainforests found nowhere else on the planet. US retailer The Home Depot is the largest buyer of timber products from the main Chilean interest promoting the dams. The Home Depot has been asked by thousands of people, including socially responsible investors, to stop buying timber from suppliers that plan to destroy the rivers and forests of Patagonia.

More information about this campaign at: http://internationalrivers.org/patagonia
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More information about this campaign at: http://internationalrivers.org/patagonia

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by Zigbelt Figglesmith
Monday May 4th, 2009 9:28 PM
Thanks for posting this. I've been spending a lot of money there recently. I'll have to find a different alternative. I wish I knew about this earlier.
by from Root Force
Wednesday May 27th, 2009 7:21 PM
Home Depot is having a shareholders' meeting on Thurday, May 28. We are encouraging people to contact them (before the meeting if you can, but during or after will be effective, as well) and encourage them to cut their involvement in plans to place 5 hydroelectric dams on 2 rivers in Wild Patagonia.

Call 1-800-553-3199 (press extension # 5), or send an email directly from
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2486/t/8800/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=884

Tell them to cancel purchases of timber from the Matte and Angelini Groups (the companies CMPC and Arauco) for their involvement in plans to dam wild Patagonia, and to drop the charges against Earth First! protesters in Arapahoe County, Colorado.

BACKGROUND INFO:

Home Depot is under pressure from International Rivers and allies for its ongoing financial involvement with the main Chilean interest promoting 5 dams in Chilean Patagonia. On May 27, two activists were arrested at a Home Depot in Glendale, CO, near Denver, after hanging a banner off the building that read, “Dam Home Depot, NOT Patagonia!”

Pressure campaigns have caused Home Depot to cave before. Almost ten years ago, Earth First! groups around the country joined with Rainforest Action Network and others forced Home Depot to adopt wood product policies that removed old growth from their shelves.

FMI:
http://www.rootforce.org/2009/05/27/2-arrests-in-home-depot-dam-protest-take-action/

http://www.internationalrivers.org/patagonia

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