The Home Depot is the largest US buyer of timber products from the Matte Group, one of the companies planning to build five big dams on two pristine rivers in Patagonia, southern Chile. The dams and their associated transmission lines would ruin rivers, flood rare endangered forests and destroy livelihoods.
Every year The Home Depot purchases 50 million dollars worth of timber products from the Matte and Angelini groups – owners of wood products companies CMPC and Arauco – which together control the main Chilean owner of the dam consortium called HidroAysén. The Home Depot claims that it works to protect Chilean native forests, but the dams and their transmission lines would require clearcutting and flooding of forests found nowhere else on the planet.
With the annual Shareholders meeting around the corner (at the end of May 2009), now is the time to put the pressure on! Groups working in solidarity with Chilean resistance have asked for solidarity actions (banner drops, blockades, and general rabble-rousing that will catch the company’s attention) ASAP!..