Join with Avaaz and help save a 500 year old ancient South Korean forest

What’s happening

Right now in South Korea, Olympic organisers are tearing down a forest, with trees half a millennia old, to make room for new ski facilities. They are clear cutting the ancient forest for an Olympic ski competition. The destruction of the forest on Mount Gariwang for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is shortsighted, illogical and irreversible decision. Once the forest is gone, it’s gone forever.

The forest is a 500 year old ancient forest, and is home to four threatened species. It deserves to be protected, not cut down and replaced with ski facilities.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz has put together an urgent campaign to deliver our voices directly to the Olympic Committee offices. We can all help by signing the petition and then sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, and email.

“The International Olympic Committee laid down a mandate that this event should be a “Green Olympics” built and operated by principles of sustainability. If we launch an enormous global outcry from every country participating in the Winter Olympics, we can shame the International Olympic Committee to live up to their ideals.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

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How you can help

You can join with Avaaz by signing the petition and spreading the word amongst your friends and family. Your message will be sent to the International Olympics Committee and the South Korean government.

“As concerned citizens from across the globe, we call on you to stop the destruction of forest on Mount Gariwang for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and to protect what remains of this forest that has been a sanctuary for over 500 years. We urge the IOC to ensure that all Olympic Games truly live up to ideals of sustainability and environmental protection.” – Avaaz



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