Dr. Patrick Moore, co-Founder of Greenpeace,
at CPBIS Distinguished Lecture Series:
Trees are the answer.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 24, 2003 --- Patrick Moore was the fourth speaker in a Distinguished Lecture Series presented by the Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS), the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST), and Buckman Laboratories. The seminar was held on January 24, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. in IPST's Kress Auditorium. Dr. Moore discussed why he believes that trees are the answer. To view the recorded webcast, please click here.
Moore, Ph.D., has been a leader in the international
environmental field for over 30 years. He is a founding member of
Greenpeace and served for nine years as president of Greenpeace
Canada and seven years as a director of Greenpeace International.
As the leader of many campaigns, Dr. Moore was a driving force
shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's
largest environmental activist organization.
In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of
sustainability and consensus-building among competing concerns. His
latest effort provides a new insight into how forests work and how
they can play a powerful role in solving many of our current
environmental problems. Jim McNutt, executive director of the
Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS), says,
"Patrick Moore is focused on activism by consensus and is working
toward balancing the social issues of economics and people's needs
with environmental and recreational needs. He offers a refreshing
and unique perspective on the environmental issues facing our
industry and our world."
Dr. Moore said, "The forest industry stands accused of some very
serious crimes against the environment. It is charged with the
extinction of tens of thousands of species, the deforestation of
vast areas of the earth, and the total and irreversible destruction
of the ecosystem. I have spent the last 15 years trying to
understand the relationship between forestry and the environment,
to separate fact from fiction, myth from reality. Since 1991, I
have chaired the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest
Alliance of British Columbia. This has provided an ideal
opportunity to explore all aspects of the subject."
In his lecture, Dr. Moore explained his belief that we cannot
simply switch to basing all our actions on purely environmental
values. Every day 6 billion people wake up with real needs for
food, energy, and materials. The challenge for sustainability is to
provide for those needs in ways that reduce negative impact on the
environment. But any changes made must also be socially acceptable
and technically and economically feasible. It is not always easy to
balance environmental, social, and economic priorities. Compromise
and cooperation with the involvement of government, industry,
academia, and the environmental movement are required to achieve
sustainability. This effort to find consensus among competing
interests has occupied Dr. Moore's time for the past 15
Dr. Moore said, "It has become clear to me that the policy of
'use less wood' is anti-environmental because it would result in
increased carbon dioxide emissions and a reduction in forested
land. I believe the correct policy is a positive rather than a
negative one. From an environmental perspective, the correct policy
is 'grow more trees and use more wood'. I believe that trees
are the answer to many questions about our future on this
Dr. Moore recently appeared on the Bob Vila television show and gave a tour of a working forest in Maine. On the same subject, from Bob Vila web site: why wood makes sense: click here.
The next speaker in the series will be Bob Buckman on February
28, 2003. Mr. Buckman will speak on globalization and knowledge
Buckman Laboratories sponsors the Distinguished Lecture Series. The series is free to the public.