Here's a quick gift you can give the planet for Christmas.  Add your voice to the growing chorus of people who want to set up a Do Not Junk Mail list that would be similar to that wonderful Do Not Call list the government set up a few years ago.  Wouldn't it be great?

Take this quiz to see how much of a waste junk mail really is:

 

The junk mail industry claims ___  trees a year.

  1. 1 Million
  2. 10 Million
  3. 100 Million

   

Deforestation contributes more to global warming annually than all the _____ in the world.

 

  1. Cars
  2. Planes
  3. Trains
  4. Cars + Planes + Trains


Junk mail accounts for ___ percent of USPS mail.

  1. 10 %
  2. 20%
  3. 30%
  4. 75%

Answers:  100 Million,   Cars + Planes + Trains   and   30%

Unbelievable isn't it? 
Surveys show that almost 90% of Americans favor the Do Not Mail Registry.  Please join us at Vermont Woods Studios in asking Congress to make it happen, and forward this post to your friends.  Ask them to join. 

Here's the petition sponsored by Forest Ethics.  It takes about 1 minute to read and sign it.


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We've been following Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) insane quest to allow ATVs on the states sensitive forests and wetlands.  We've written to ANR, our legislators, Governor Douglas, Vermont newspapers and other vested parties to try and stop this proposal.

 In spite of the fact that Vermonters have opposed this rule 4:1, ANR is going along with the ATV lobby and trying to complete the last steps toward approval of the ill-advised proposal. 

We need your help!  There is one last chance to be heard.  You can attend a public hearing in the Vermont State House in Montpelier on Nov. 3rd from 10am – 12pm or call or write to our Vermont state legislators to express your opposition. 

Help keep Vermont clean and green!

 

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Today has been designated International Day of Climate Action in a global attempt to raise awareness about the importance of taking action on climate change.  More than 150 nations will participate in rallies, demonstrations, street theatre events, bike rides and other events.

Check your local calendar to see if there's anything you might like to attend.

At Vermont Woods Studios one of our main missions is to raise awareness about the impact your wood furniture, flooring and home-building supplies have on climate change.  Did you know that up to 90% of the imported furniture in the US today is made from wood that is illegally clear-cut from the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests?  And about 20% of global warming is attributed to the destruction of the rainforest.

You can make a difference through the choices you make!  Buy wood products made from sustainably harvested wood grown locally in the USA.

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Today the congressional bipartisan Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests issued its report highlighting the fact that we cannot win the battle against climate change without protecting the world's forests.  Hmmm.. seems like what we've been saying right here for YEARS.

Read more about it in the commission's report.

Here are a few frightening facts we've put out before that were reiterated by the Commission:

  • 17% of all carbon emissions released into the atmosphere are a result of destruction of the world's forests
  • 50,000 square miles of forest, an area larger than the state of Pennsylvania disappear every year due to forest devastation.

Can you believe that?  How many Pennsylvanias do we have to spare?

As wood furniture makers, we feel responsibility in the area of forest stewardship.  We are contacting our representatives in congress to urge them to read, understand and take action on the findings of the Commission's report.  We hope you will too.

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If you haven't been able to watch Ken Burn's new film on America's National Parks, it's not too late.  This is a six episode series and every nature lover will want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, interesting history and urgent call to action that Burns presents.  At Vermont Woods Studios being a wood furniture maker, we're particularly interested in the issues of sustainable forestry in the national parks. 

One of our favorite national parks mentioned in this film series is Sequoia National Forest.  Sequoias are the largest trees ever to inhabit the earth, growing to heights of 300 feet and diameters of 30 feet! Their ages commonly range from 2,000 to 3,000 years.  Some were 1000 years old during the time of Christ! 

Although once widespread, giant sequoias now occur only in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central California.   If you have literally 2 minutes to spare, you can take action to protect the Giant Sequoias and other ancient forest in America.  Visit Save America's Forests, click on Instant Letter and in 2 minutes or less you can send a letter to your representatives in Congress asking them to stop destructive forms of logging, such as clearcutting, and to protect ecologically important forest areas such as Ancient forests and roadless forests.

Then pat yourself on the back for doing an awesome job in protecting the environment and fighting global warming!

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