Lush Cosmetics Launches National Campaign with Greenpeace to demand protection for forests
Ahmedabad—On Wednesday shoppers will be encouraged by local retailer Lush Cosmetics to create a ‘pledge tree’ in their store window to highlight the issue of forest destruction for coal mining. Increasing demand for coal is leading to the wholesale destruction of forests in Central and Eastern India, in support of a national Greenpeace campaign, Lush is helping to highlight the issue by creating a unique work of art in all stores nationally.
The window featuring a tree trunk and the words “Fools for Forests” will be completed and brought to life by local people who will be asked to show their support by filling in their personal ‘green pledge’ leaf to make more leaves on the tree, and then to sign a national petition asking the Ministry of Coal to stop destroying forests. Customers will then receive a tree sapling to plant themselves at home or in true gorilla gardening style on an unused patch of ground:
Why is Lush so concerned with our forests? Increased demand for coal in India, is causing the destruction of our last remaining forests in Central and Eastern India , forcing forest dependent communities off their land, and causing wildlife habitat loss to make room for more coal mines. .
Saroj Joseph, Lush Communications Manager, said “We are deeply distressed by the way our forests are being cleared for mining coal and have no hesitation in joining Greenpeace to highlight this issue. We know our customers will wholeheartedly support this campaign and send a clear message that the government must protect our forests and invest in sustainable renewable energy while we take responsibility and pledge our own efforts to reduce our carbon footprint
Greenpeace Mobilization Manager, Brikesh Singh said “We are really happy to have the support of companies and individuals to highlight the destruction of our forests, our ‘Fools For Forests campaign’ kickstarts from early June. People can join the campaign at www.foolsforforests.org or hold discussions about forests on facebook and follow the campaign on twitter
- India’s Forest Cover is close to 69.09 million hectares and accounts for 20.6% of the total geographical area of the country as of 2005
- The total forest area diverted annually for mining during 1998-2005 is four-fold higher than what was diverted every year during 1980-97
- 275 million rural people depend on forests for their livelihoods. It also includes 89 million tribal people.
- From the period 1950 to 1991 mining has displaced around 25.5 lakh people. Not even 25 per cent of these displaced have been resettled.
- Lush cosmetics is a global company with 720 amount of stores worldwide. Established in India in 2004. There are now 13 stores nationally
- Lush Cosmetics, established 15 years ago, has been driven by innovation and its ethics. Creators of pioneering beauty products such as the fizzing bath ballistic, shower jellies and butter creams and solid shampoo bars, Lush places emphasis on fresh ingredients like organic fruits and vegetables. Lush operates a strict policy against animal testing and supports Fair Trade and Community Trade initiatives. Lush leads the cosmetics industry in combating over-packaging by running public awareness campaigns and developing products that can be sold ‘naked’ to the consumer without any packaging
Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organisation which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.
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