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April 25, 2009

RELEASE: Major Victory for Ivory Coast's Rainforests as Oil Palm Successfully Resisted

Finally the oil palm scourge threatening primary rainforests and life giving ecosystems worldwide faces a setback as local protests are again successfully supported internationally by Ecological Internet, Rainforest Rescue and others.

By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of Ecological Internet (EI)
CONTACT: Dr. Glen Barry, glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org

Extinction of three primate species too high of price for palm oilCôte d'Ivoire's (Ivory Coast) main palm oil company, Palmci, on Friday announced it was abandoning a major plantation scheme in the south of the country after opposition by environmentalists to destruction of 12,000 hectares (29,700 acres) of primary rainforests. Tanoé Swamps Forest is one of the last remaining old growth forests in the country and the last refuge for three highly endangered primates -- the Miss Waldron's Red Colobus, the Geoffroy's colobus and the Diana roloway -- as well as home to many endangered plant species.

In June of 2008, Ecological Internet and Rainforest Rescue of Germany initiated the first major international campaign against the Tanoé Swamps Forest oil palm project and in support of local opposition. Leading global consumer products company Unilever was then poised to destroy Ivory Coast's rainforests [search] as both investor and customer, after having just made a supposed commitment -- falsely heralded by some -- to rainforest protection and certified oil palm, but starting in 2015.

EI President Dr. Glen Barry explains, "6,257 people from 92 countries sent 407,131 protest emails, resisting Unilever's greenwash, and making this a global rainforest controversy. Again, together we have proven the power of global citizens working within loose transnational coalitions, connected by the Internet, to confront ecocide wherever it is occurring. Never doubt that ecological protest, online and in person, can make a real difference for Earth. As with all rainforest 'victories', this bears continued watching as Palmci is scouting other areas."

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This recent victory highlights the growing effectiveness of Ecological Internet's "Earth Action Network" [1], particularly working with Rainforest Rescue on U.S. biomass energy issues. In the past few months, EI's global network of tens of thousands of ecological sustainability citizen activists have significantly contributed to victories to begin ending the use of corn ethanol biofuels (while highlighting the dangers of 2nd generation biomass based biofuel), exposed the charlatan nature of proposed climate geo-engineering schemes, stopped the midnight raid upon Oregon's wild forests, and fearlessly and at great expense confronted those greenwashing FSC's approval for industrial first time logging of primary forests.

Dr. Barry continues, "oil palm development, logging and other industrial development of ancient primary and old growth forests -- certified or not -- is a crime against Earth and humanity. Earth, and all her creatures including humans, cannot exist without old forests. Their full protection and restoration is a global ecological imperative or all life may end. If you care about you and your family's water, air, food and shelter in the future, you will commit now to continued, escalating ecological protest on rainforests and climate, and thus to save being."

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[1] Current Earth Action Network alerts: http://www.ecoearth.info/shared/alerts/

Ecological Internet provides the world's largest and most used climate and environment portals at http://www.climateark.org/ and http://www.ecoearth.info/ . Dr. Glen Barry is a leading global spokesperson on behalf of environmental sustainability policy. He frequently conducts interviews on the latest climate, forest and water policy developments and can be reached at: glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org


Comments

very nice article. Issues pertaining to the rain forest have been brought up several times. I personally feel that as one of the more economically sound countries the U.S. should offer incentives to 3rd world countries such as paying of debt in order for them to increase rain forest protection.

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Well done
~~~^^^~~~simon
simon gould

Many thanks and this is fantastic news---many thanks for all your hard work!!!

Great NEWS!!!

Thank you for your diligence ... without people like you Glen, this great garden we live in would be reduced to nothing in short time by the constant hubris and myopia that pervades the consciousness of the people that claim to know how to run things properly for us on this planet.

Dear Dr Barry - you have made my day! For a palm oil company to not destroy and area is good. Can we now get the Government in Cote d'Ivoire to set this land aside as inviolable? I still think buying the bloody place would be a good idea. Good news instead of bad! Greer Hart

We do make a difference.

Unbelievable...

With all the environmental issues that we are encountered with daily, I am so pleased to read that a country has taken a step forward to save our rainforests. This one act shows other countries and the US, that our lands need to be preserved and that the loss of habitat, not only destroys our environment, but species that will never recover. Dr. Barry needs to be commended for his stance against the loss of these forests. We need more individuals like him to stand up for what is right and just.

Will someone put me on the right track? My interest is the people, orangutans, and all the other species of life that is affected by the loss of rainforests.
I see 3 problems government, logging companies, palm oil companies. Is there somethingI don't understand?

"very nice article. Issues pertaining to the rain forest have been brought up several times. I personally feel that as one of the more economically sound countries the U.S. should offer incentives to 3rd world countries such as paying of debt in order for them to increase rain forest protection."

I support this comment.. we who happened to live in the rainforests area should get some incentives...

Many congratulations for this important success

Lets hope the first of many such victories for the wildlife of this planet

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