Indonesia on the front line: Impacts of biofuel expansion for people, forests and climate

Indonesia on the front line: Impacts of biofuel expansion for people, forests and climate,  Briefing by Down to Earth, 11.11.11., Friends of the Earth Europe, Watch Indonesia!, Sawit Watch, Lembaga Gemawan and Rettet den Regenwald e.V.

Biofuelwatch briefing about the biomass plant proposed for Perth by Almondbank Park Power

Almondbank Power’s proposed biomass power plant in Perth: A high-risk experimental technology for burning trees

Open Letter to European Commission opposing biodiversity offsets

Open Letter to the European Commission signed by over 600 organisations and over 10,000 individuals opposing biodiversity offsetting

GE Trees: Columbus Day and the Colonization of Land, Trees and Genes

Photo credit Orin Langelle

Huffington Post article by Rachel Smolker

I spent the past several days participating in the Indigenous Environmental Network Campaign to Stop GE Trees Action Camp in the Qualla Boundary, homelands of the Eastern Band Cherokee in North Carolina. Participants included members of tribes across the Southeast, who came to learn about plans for growing genetically engineered trees on and/or adjacent to their territories.

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Palawan: Resistance to oil palm plantations continues

Members of the Coalition Against Land GrabbingOn the Philippine island Palawan, local resistance against oil palm plantations is continuing and strengthening: Over 4,200 individuals from local communities affected by palm oil have signed a petition calling for a moratorium on the expansion of oil palm plantations.  The petition has been presented to the Vice-Governor by the recently established Coalition Against Land Grabbing.  The next few weeks should see the start of negotiations with government agencies which will be crucial for Indigenous Peoples and farmers on Palawan.

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NGOs: Greater GIB powers should come with greener responsibility

NGOs: GREATER GIB POWERS SHOULD COME WITH GREENER RESPONSIBILITY
GIBwasteEd Miliband has called for the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to have “real powers to borrow and attract investment”.  The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) and Biofuelwatch [1] have responded by saying that any increase in funding or powers for the GIB should be linked to a responsibility to be greener in their investments.

‘Climate Smart Agriculture’? We say no

950457_origSerious 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

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

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

Hundreds of groups call on Brazilian government to reject GE trees application by UK-registered company

Biofuelwatch & Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees press release – for immediate use Thursday 4th September 2014

Hundreds of groups call on Brazilian government to reject GE trees application by UK-registered company

Social and ecological justice organizations from around the world have signed two letters [1, 2] addressed to the Brazilian government calling on it to reject an application by UK-registered FuturaGene to plant the world’s first commercial-scale genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus plantations. [3] FuturaGene is owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano, which was exposed last year for causing land conflicts over eucalyptus plantations linked to wood pellet exports to UK biomass power stations. [4]

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