Indigenous leaders hold forum on illegal logging 

An international group of environmental and human rights activists will be in San Francisco today to offer insights on the global impacts of illegal logging and also how consumers can find and buy sustainable wood products.

The event takes place at San Francisco wood supplier Plywood and Lumber Sales and begins a tour to raise awareness about how illegal logging affects indigenous communities, forests and global warming.

Speakers include Julio Cusurichi Palacios, a Peruvian indigenous leader and winner of a 2007 Goldman Environmental Prize; Anne Kajir, a 2006 Goldman Environmental Prize winner and indigenous lawyer from Papua New Guinea; Indonesian activist Arbi Valentinus; and Peruvian activist Robert Guimaraes Vasquez.

The speakers will address how American consumers can help prevent illegal logging and human rights abuses by learning how to shop for eco-friendly wood products.

The event begins at 11 a.m. at Plywood and Lumber Sales, 2035 Newcomb Ave., San Francisco.

— Bay City News

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