Serious concerns have been raised by over 100 civil-society organisations about the so-called “Global Alliance for Climate- Smart Agriculture” launched at the UN’s Climate Summit. Signatories to an open letter rejected the Alliance as a “deceptive and deeply contradictory initiative”. The Alliance includes more than 20 governments, 30 organisations and corporations, including Fortune 500 companies McDonald’s and Kelloggs, and re-enforces the corporate control of agricultural production globally.
You can read the open letter and rejection letter here: http://www.climatesmartagconcerns.info/
21 September 2014: 10th Anniversary of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations: Dismantle the power of transnational plantation corporations! There is no “smart monoculture”: Support the People’s Climate March!
Declaration by Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, La Via Campesina, World March of Women, Friends of the Earth International and World Rainforest Movement (WRM)
Social Movements representing more than 200 million people around the world denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit
[September 19 – 23, New York] When we, as human beings, get a fever, we immediately get worried and take action. After all, we know that if our body temperature rises to 1.5ºC, let alone 2ºC [3.6 ºF] above the normal average, there can be severe damage, while an increase of 4-6ºC [7.2-10.8 ºF] or more can cause a comatose situation and even death. Continue reading Social Movements representing more than 200 million people around the world denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit
Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano wants to commercially plant Genetically Modified eucalyptus in Brazil. Suzano is responsible for large-scale landgrabbing and destruction of highly biodiverse forests, including in Maranhao. Now, through their UK-registered subsidiary FutureGen, they want to be the first to commercialise GE trees in Brazil. They claim that their GE eucalyptus will have higher yields and thus need less land – but in Brazil and elsewhere, higher yield tree plantations have always meant more profits for plantation companies and thus more, not less, land conversion. Furthermore, high yields always mean more water use – in additon to the serious environmental risks of genetically engineering trees.
Plesae click here to read and sign the call on the Brazilian government to refuse Suzano permission for releasing their GE eucalyptus (organisations/groups only)! See here for a background article by the World Rainforest Movement.
Joint Statement: Stop Enabling Land Grabs: Agriculture Doesn’t Need World Bank’s Business Indicators, See here for list of supporting organisations
The Committee on World Food Security must not allow itself to be captured by biofuels interest groups, signed by 80 organisations and social networks worldwide