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Indigenous and Faith Leaders Urge Procter & Gamble to End Logging of Old-Growth Forests

November 10, 2021

CINCINNATI (RNS) — Mitchell Lands couldn’t make the trip south from Canada, where he lives on the traditional lands of the Migisi Sahgaigan, or Eagle Lake First Nation, in the province of Ontario. But Lands’ voice echoed in early October outside the concrete and glass headquarters of Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer goods company, as he described seeing trees chopped down all the way to the shores of Eagle Lake.

“The forest is under attack,” Lands told a crowd of demonstrators in Cincinnati, in a recorded speech. “They’re cutting all the trees around where we live.”

He went on to explain that while logging companies clear-cut the forests near his home, rising water levels caused by deforestation threatened the tribe’s harvesting of wild rice, a sacred food. Procter & Gamble has denied that its suppliers are logging in the area, but the accusations are not new.

Activists demonstrate against Procter & Gamble outside company headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 12, 2021. Photo courtesy of Tina Gutierrez/Stand.earth

Activists demonstrate against Procter & Gamble outside company headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 12, 2021. Photo courtesy of Tina Gutierrez/Stand.earth

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