Nobel Prize Winner, Author Commits to Greenpeace Book Campaign
Author José Saramago Joins with Greenpeace to Save Ancient Forests
LISBON, Spain--Greenpeace has commended the efforts of 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, José Saramago, and several of his publishing houses for joining the Greenpeace Book Campaign and printing the Spanish, Brazilian, Portuguese, Italian, French and Catalan editions of his new novel on paper not sourced from ancient forest destruction.
Speaking from the launch of the Spanish and Portuguese editions of" The Intermittencies of Death," in Lisbon on Nov. 11,, the highly acclaimed author said: "I have asked all my publishing houses around the world to launch Forest Stewardship Certified editions of my new book in support of Greenpeace campaign to save ancient forests. … I think that if all authors around the world also decide to support this campaign, it be will a revolution in the way books are made today."
The Greenpeace Book Campaign is calling on the publishing industry to use ancient-forest-friendly paper. This is paper that uses as much post consumer, recycled fiber as possible. If it does contain virgin fiber, it must come from Forest Stewardship Council-certified sources. Saramago's publishers have not printed all his new novels on paper of this high standard, but they have taken a positive first step by using more ecologically sound paper.
Greenpeace International Programme Director Bruno Rebelle said: "Initiatives like this prove that our natural and cultural heritage can stand hand in hand. Only 20 percent of the world's original forests are left and unless we stop cutting them down to make products like books, they will be gone in decades. Greenpeace thanks Saramago and his publishers, and hopes they will continue to help save the last ancient forests by printing all their books on ancient-forest-friendly paper in the future. "
More than 70 other publishing houses in Canada and Europe have already joined the Greenpeace Book Campaign and pledged to stop using paper that contains fiber from ancient forests for all their books, including Random House U.K., Canada and Germany. With the support of authors like Saramago, J.K. Rowling (U.K.), Isabel Allende (Chile/US), Margaret Atwood (Canada) and Günter Grass (Germany), more than 6.5 million books have been printed on ancient-forest-friendly paper to date.