Saturday, 30 August 2008 4:24 AM

Greenpeace Launched Forests for Climate Tour in PNG

Greenpeace launched its Forests for Climate tour in Papua New Guinea this week with a colorful welcome of beating drums, singing and dancing.

According to the organisation's report, their ship, the Esperanza, docked at Port Moresby in the start of their tour throughout the region to protect forests and show how deforestation contributes to climate change.
'The ship's crew was welcomed by traditional Huli, Kairuku, and Oro dancers along with Asaro mud men from coastal and highland regions', with costumes made 'from the fibres of tapa and pandanus trees, leaves, bird of paradise feathers and, naturally, mud'.

According to the report, the 'Paradise Forests of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are being felled faster than any other forest on Earth' and we need forests to combat climate change as they 'soak up carbon dioxide gas that is released when people burn fossil fuels for energy'.
This is an especially important issue for the region as the island nations are among the most vulnerable places in the world to the effects of climate change.

'Greenpeace will tour the Paradise Forests region, while asking governments for zero deforestation by 2015'.