To the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizers,
I am deeply saddened and disappointed that you continue to deny responsibility for the harm you have caused to rainforests in constructing the Olympic venues.
There is nothing sustainable about sourcing wood linked to the destruction of habitat for endangered orangutans and vital tropical ecosystems found nowhere else on Earth.
As representatives of the Olympic tradition, you have a mandate to uphold its deepest cherished values. This includes “promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.” I fear that, in the interest of costs, you have compromised that tradition by sourcing wood from a company that knowingly destroyed rainforests and people's livelihoods.
The reputation and legacy of the Olympics is at stake unless you lead by example and take responsibility for past mistakes.
You made a promise to source sustainable, legal timber for the Olympics and, I believe, there is sufficient evidence to show you failed that promise. Please, allow the investigations to proceed and commit to do better going forward.
Healthy rainforests are critical for a healthy planet. Please do what you can to protect them both.