The City's slow pace in eliminating its use of rain forest wood has angered environmentalists. The Highline is embroiled in a eco-controversy because ipê trees were used instead of recycled material or locally sourced wood. Let's hope they and the DPR have gotten their act together for the second stage of construction. (Photo: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)
Like many other municipalities, New York City has used durable rain forest woods to build pieces of public infrastructure like benches and boardwalks. And although Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has publicly promised to limit the use of such materials, some organizations have decided that the city is not moving quickly enough, according to the New York Times.
On Monday, as the 40th Earth Day approached, two environmental organizations, Rainforest Relief and New York Climate Action Group, issued a short video (above) that called attention to the city’s use of the wood.
“The mayor’s plan is too little too late,” said Tim Doody, the New York City campaign coordinator for Rainforest Relief. “At the current rate of destruction, most of the worlds’ rain forests won’t be around by the time his plan takes effect.”
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