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Timber pledge plea
ARE other readers aware that some of the City of York council tax might be supporting an illegal and unsustainable timber trade which destroys the world’s most pristine forests?
If our council commits to choosing wood and paper from legal and sustainable sources, this can be avoided. The way our council sources its timber products could really help to protect forests, wildlife and local communities in places such as Indonesia and the Congo Basin.
Local authorities have huge purchasing power – they use up to 25 per cent of the timber consumed in the UK. It is therefore clear that councils like ours should make sure they’re buying responsibly sourced wood and paper.
I am calling on our council to join more than 65 other councils in the UK who have made a pledge with WWF UK’s sustainable timber campaign to improve their timber and paper purchasing.
Other readers can also help by visiting the website wwf.org.uk/timberpledge
Callum Roberts, WWF UK Ambassador and Professor of Marine Conservation, University of York.
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