HSBC Bank Must Stop Funding Old-Growth Rainforest LoggingHSBC Bank continues to fund logging companies pillaging old-growth rainforests and causing human rights abuses in Sarawak, Malaysia, and expanding globally. After ravaging all but 5% of Sarawak’s once pristine tropical rainforests, HSBC’s Sarawak clients – described in Papua New Guinea as the “Malaysian timber mafia” – now dominate the global, ecocidal old-growth timber industry. Anyone participating in the industrial destruction of Earth’s last old-growth forests – be they banks, governments, corporations, or NGOs – are legitimate protest targets, if we are to maintain local well-being and a habitable Earth for all. Please demand that HSBC end all involvement with old-growth rainforest logging.Tell Avon, New Jersey: Old-Growth Rainforest Boardwalks Cause Abrupt Climate ChangeTiny Avon, New Jersey, is moving forward with plans to rebuild their ocean-front boardwalk - recently destroyed by Hurricane Sandy - using ill-gotten old-growth rainforest timbers. Loss of primary rainforests is a primary cause of abrupt climate change, as well as mass extinction, social disintegration, and ecosystem decline. Unless we break the cycle of destroying ecosystems for luxury consumption, we can expect further climate weirding and biosphere collapse. Tell Avon to please follow New York Cities lead and use readily available alternatives, and ensure Hurricane Sandy rebuilding does not cause further ecological damage.Protest Tasmanian Old-Growth Logging in Proposed World Heritage AreaAn important new report finds that while the Australian government has made pledges to protect Tasmania's priceless temperate rainforests, yet shockingly industrial clearcut logging of old-growth continues in what is to be a World Heritage Area. Important forest wildernesses covering some 170,000 hectares and including Butlers Gorge; and the Florentine, Weld and Styx valleys, have been nominated to be added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and could finally be given protection after decades of protests. Alarmingly, however, industrial scale clear felling is still continuing within those forests, with timbers being sold as "eco ply" by the Malaysian timber industry. Ecological Internet has successfully participated in efforts to protect Tasmania's old-growth forests for nearly 20 years, including leading international protests which helped get notorious Gunns logging to stop logging old-growth forests. We need your help again to call on the Australian government to honor their international obligations and protect these World Heritage nominated old-growth temperate rainforests from industrial destruction.Campaign News Updates:· Tasmania protects more forests in next step towards industry peace deal [search]· Australia: Green light for expanded World Heritage Area [search]· Show MoreEcuador Tribe Will "Die Fighting" to Defend Rainforest #IdleNoMorePlease support Ecuador's Kichwa villagers, who the Guardian newspaper reports vow to resist oil prospecting by the state-backed company Petroamazonas at all costs. The Kichwa tribe has said they are ready to fight to the death to protect their rainforests, which cover 70,000 hectares, adjacent and part of Yasuni National Park, and huge additional Ecuadorean rainforests are threatened by new industrial oil auctions as well. Industrial development of rainforests for oil in the Amazon has a long history of destroying ecosystems, including fouling water. Tell President Correa that standing, intact old-growth forest ecosystems are a requirement for local advancement and for local and global ecological sustainability; and demand that the invasion of indigenous nations' rainforests be halted.Campaign News Updates:· Why Ecuador's president is misleading the world on Yasuni-ITT [search]· Ecuador approves Amazon oil drilling [search]· Show MoreImplore President Obama to End Climate Appeasement by Supporting a Carbon TaxThere exists near unanimous scientific consensus that abrupt climate change is occurring, that it is caused by burning fossil fuels and clearing natural ecosystems, and that observable and escalating impacts indicate it may be worse than worst case predictions, threatening the habitability of our one shared biosphere. Almost certainly there is no way to stop entirely the warming and climate weirding; it is already too far progressed. Yet our immediate actions in the short term to cut – or fail to cut – carbon and greenhouse gas emissions will determine its severity, whether it will eventually stabilize or become runaway, and whether it is survivable. The single policy action that could occur most quickly, and significantly reduce emissions, is to place a price upon emitting carbon through a tax. The funds raised from a carbon tax can replace other taxes, be returned to low-income earners, and be used for other laudable goals including paying down the deficit, developing low-emission energy systems, and protecting and restoring global ecosystems. Abrupt climate change will not be appeased, but it can be taxed, and thus reduced, through first a national and eventually a global carbon tax.Campaign News Updates:· Climate Change Is Happening Now – A Carbon Price Must Follow [search]· Would a carbon tax cut emissions drastically? Not on its own [search]· Show MoreStop CNN from Greenwashing Fossil FuelsCNN has become increasingly indebted to fossil fuel advertising, and greenwashes abrupt climate change as a result. CNN's coverage of Frankenstorm Sandy continues to virtually ignore abrupt climate change, and the abundance of science indicating this is a climate change enhanced disaster. CNN coal funding in particular has resulted in infrequent and biased coverage of climate and other related ecological issues, and has abetted US Presidential candidates' silence on climate change. CNN must indicate how they will change their business model to allow improved, propaganda free, and increased coverage of the huge amount of daily news regarding our fossil fuel addiction; North America's tar sands, coal and fracking ecocide; and the many looming global ecological emergencies. CNN must get the story right on Sandy being abrupt climate change.Liberia: Industrial Primary Rainforest Logging is Corrupt, Ecocidal, and Must EndNew logging contracts have been issued across 40% of Liberia's primary rainforests in only two years of resumed industrial logging. A full one quarter of Liberia’s total landmass – half of its best primary rainforests – were granted using secretive and illegal logging permits. Malaysian logging giant Samling, who has a long history of illegal logging from Cambodia to Guyana to Papua New Guinea, is a major beneficiary. Such major corruption – after years of logging fueled war, $30 million in international subsidies for "sustainable" rainforest logging, and a resumption of logging only since 2010 – shows clearly that Liberia's rainforest logging remains irredeemably corrupt and inevitably ecologically devastating. What if the $30 million invested in resuming "sustainable logging" had been used instead to find ways for local communities to benefit from standing old forests? For local peoples and the biosphere, it is time to ban primary forest logging in Liberia and globally.Campaign News Updates:· EPA Boss - Climate Change Is Nat'l, Global Issue [search]· How the mafia is destroying the rainforests [search]· Show MoreResist Monsanto: Reassert Your Faith in Non-GMO Seeds and Properly Labeled Unnatural Foods"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."
- Henry David Thoreau, Faith in a Seed
From seeds come all life, power, wealth and well-being. Control over seeds – and knowing whether our food products have been genetically modified – means control over our lives, our food safety, and our freedom. Open pollinated, non-genetically modified seeds are a human right. We must not recognize any law that illegitimately makes seed the private property of corporations. And we must assert the right to know what we're eating, through labeling of all genetically engineered foods. It is time to reclaim Thoreau's faith in a seed from Monsanto.
Campaign News Updates:· Monsanto to Stop Promoting Genetically Engineered Seeds in Europe [search]· FBI chases anti-GMO activists while igorning Monsanto’s transgressions [search]· Show MoreTell Brazil Rio+20 Host: The "Future We Want" Not Dozens of New Amazon Rainforest Destroying DamsBrazil’s government – host of the completed “Rio+20” UN Conference on Sustainable Development devoted to sustainable development and sustaining ecosystems – is planning to build dozens of dams on tributaries to the Amazon -- including the controversial $11 billion Belo Monte project. Industrial destruction of intact primary rainforest ecosystems based upon ecocide and genocide is not “the future we want” – a motto of Rio+20. These plans for massive Amazon dam construction reveal Brazil’s meaningless rhetoric regarding environmental sustainability and sustainable development, as they hypocritically continue destroying key regional and global ecosystems. Brazil’s deceptive doublespeak regarding sustaining ecology must not be allowed to stand unchallenged during Rio+20. Stand with brave indigenous protestors who recently dismantled a portion of Belo Monte’s construction (pictured), as we call upon all Rio+20 delegates to demand Brazil cancel Belo Monte and other Amazon rainforest destroying dams.Campaign News Updates:· Brazil's hydro dams could make its greenhouse gas emissions soar [search]· Amazon dam activists threaten to wage war on Brazil over military incursion [search]· Show MoreRio+20: Protest Global Leaders Obama, Merkel and Cameron’s AbsenceAs the world faces an unprecedented ecological and social emergency, leaders of the US, UK and Germany dawdle as Earth burns. Their absent, failed leadership obstructs international efforts to protect our one collapsing biosphere while sustainably meeting all of humanity’s basic needs. Demand that the absent leaders from Rio+20 immediately make their way to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and/or instruct their negotiators to stop obstructing an action-based agenda to sustain global ecology and achieve sustainable development.Campaign News Updates:· Rio 20 years later: Pollution up, forests down [search]Protest Sea Shepherd Leader Paul Watson’s Extradition on Shark Poacher and Whaler AccusationsPaul Watson, the founder and leader of the aggressive and highly effective marine conservation group “Sea Shepherd” – known mainly for disrupting whale hunts, documented on the reality TV program “Whale Wars” – has been detained in Germany at the request of Costa Rica, which wants him extradited on trumped up charges from shark fin poachers and whale killers. Ecological Internet strongly supports Sea Shepherd and their forthcoming “global campaign to save sharks from extinction”. We agree with Captain Hammarstedt that “Captain Paul Watson belongs on a ship on the high seas protecting sharks, whales, and other marine life, not in some jail cell here in Germany.” Campaign News Updates:· Paul Watson plans to stay at sea to avoid arrest [search]· Anti-whaling activist accuses former crew member of betrayal [search]· Show MoreIndonesian Oil Palm Fires Threaten Important Orangutan Population with DeathIn a global tragedy, an entire important orangutan habitat was intentionally set ablaze in past weeks with nearly 100 fires. These ongoing rainforest peat fires and land clearing by palm oil firms - in an important rainforest habitat in western Indonesia - could extirpate the entire local population, killing off some 200 orangutans. The Tripa swamp rainforest in Aceh, Indonesia – home to one of the most densely populated remaining groups of wild orangutans in the world – is ablaze as palm oil companies rush to clear forests before a court case stops their plantation expansion. Up to 100 of an already much diminished population may have been killed in recent months, and unless the land grabs and rainforest burning are immediately stopped, the local population of critically endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) may soon go locally extinct, and the whole species soon thereafter.Campaign News Updates:· Fires threaten to 'extinguish' critical Indonesian orangutan population [search]· Indonesia peatland back on protected list in test case [search]· Show MoreCongo's Rainforests – Including Gorilla Rich Virunga National Park - Targeted by UK’s SOCO Oil CompanyThe Congo Basin – home to some of Earth’s last large, ecologically intact, biodiversity rich rainforests – may soon be decimated by oil rigs, pipelines, deforestation, and oil spills. SOCO International – a London-listed oil company – has announced oil exploration plans in Virunga National Park - Africa’s oldest national park. Virunga is an UNESCO World Heritage site, home to a large population of wild gorillas, and many other important wildlife species, primary rainforest ecosystems, and local forest-dependent communities. Oil exploration in these globally vital rainforest ecosystems will further set a dangerous precedent that nowhere – whether protected, or ecologically and socially important - is immune from oil industry destruction. Given record oil prices and growing global demand, it appears every last bit of Earth's large, wild and intact ecosystems will be sacrificed to industrial development – to extend our dependence upon fossil fuel, and delay transition now to renewable energy sources – while ensuring abrupt run-away climate change and global ecosystem collapse. Further rainforest ecocide for oil must end if we are to sustain global ecology. And standing old forests offer hope for advancement to the world’s forest dependent peoples.Campaign News Updates:· African gorillas are under threat from oil survey [search]· Congo could allow oil exploitation in parks: minister [search]· Show MoreStop Peru's Road to Rainforest Ecocide and Genocide of Uncontacted Indigenous TribesPlans are to build a highway through Alto Purus - Peru’s largest national park – comprised of vital intact Amazonian rainforest ecosystems and inhabited by at least two 'uncontacted' indigenous tribes. Let Peru's President know intact, standing rainforests - looked after by their traditional indigenous inhabitants - are a requirement for local advancement and global ecological sustainability.Campaign News Updates:· Proof ‘Death Road’ will destroy Peru’s uncontacted tribes [search]· New Amazon highway 'would put Peru's last lost tribes at risk' [search]· Show MoreNAMING NAMES: UN REDD+ Forest Carbon Fund to Log Primary Forests with Corporate NGO Greenwash SupportEarth is facing the twin global ecological emergencies of abrupt climate change and land being scoured of natural ecosystems. Sadly, corporate American NGOs and the United Nations are responding to these crises by further promoting logging ancient forests. The United Nations REDD+ program to protect primary and old growth forests as a climate change and deforestation solution has been hi-jacked by logging interests and their big pro-logging NGO friends, and will instead subsidize primary forest logging for new plantations. REDD has become a gravy train for consultants, greenwashing NGOs and charlatans of many sorts - claiming logging ancient rainforests for the first time protects them! Old standing natural forest ecosystems are key to sustaining climate, ecosystems, biodiversity, local livelihoods humanity and the Earth System. Corporate NGOs supporting REDD+ must be compelled to stop their old forest logging greenwash - or face ridicule, protest, and an end to public support, until they do.Campaign News Updates:· U.N. deal provides state funding for forest protection [search]Brazilian Forest Code Revisions Threaten Amazon RainforestBrazil's industrial agriculture lobby has forced through their Congress changes to the forest code, the primary legal instrument related to Amazon rainforest protections. It has been done without any scientific inputs, and in a way that will greatly expand industrial agriculture by reducing ecological protections. Newly elected President Dilma Rousseff must be encouraged to veto the bill, something she promised to do during the election. Efforts to address forest code deficiencies must recommence in a manner that incorporates the latest agro-ecological science regarding sustainable agriculture and the importance of large, connected and intact rainforest ecosystems within agricultural landscapes. Without a veto, recent progress in Amazon rainforest protection is at stake just as Brazil is to host the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012.Campaign News Updates:· Brazil's Rousseff enacts forest law in blow to farm lobby [search]· Brazilian Congress waters down forest protection [search]· Show MoreProtest Belize National Park Being Opened by Corrupt U.S. Oil Exploration to Illegal LoggingBelize’s renowned rainforests, beaches, and Mayan homelands are threatened with a resource rampage by a corrupt government confronted with massive foreign debt. With the Prime Minister's permission, Colorado-based oil company US Capital Energy is drilling seismic testing lines through the ecologically spectacular Sarstoon-Temash national park - against international treaty commitments and a Belizean Supreme Court ruling. These cleared lines are now being used by poachers to ransack the rainforest, with stolen timbers transported to Guatemala and onward to China.An Appeal to Durban Climate Talks: Lead on Climate, or You Have Abdicated and the People WillThe world is careening towards abrupt climate change and global ecosystem collapse. Global climate talks have been stymied by an inability to reconcile the historic carbon debt for past inequitable development with reasonable demands that all nations commit to differentiated emission reductions. Tell Durban climate meeting delegates that failure to act now upon the looming climate emergency means governments have abdicated and the people will lead.Uganda's Protected Mabira Rainforest Threatened Again by Sugar ProductionPlans by Uganda's President to partially destroy the Mabira rainforest - one of the nation's most important rainforest preserves - have surfaced again after being defeated in 2007. Let the Ugandan government know rainforests and their ecological services including water, climate and biodiversity are far more important than sugar which can be grown elsewhere. Together with local opposition Ecological Internet has defeated this project twice before, let's do it again.Campaign News Updates:· Uganda says could eject Oxfam over land grab claims [search]· Why Go for Mabira? It Has the Poorest Soils [search]· Show MoreFSC Rainforest Logging Disaster Capitalism: Tell RAN, Naomi Klein and Friends - No "Ethical Primary Forest Timbers"SHAME! Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is one of the primary obstacles to protecting ancient rainforests as they promote their first time industrial logging. RAN founded and ardently supports the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) destruction of 320,000,000 acres of primary forests (the size of South Africa), including for toilet paper and lawn furniture. Recently RAN threw another swanky celebrity filled party to congratulate themselves for logging primary forests to protect them, and to raise further money for more such "rainforest protection". Noted author Naomi Klein was their guest of honor and received an award from RAN. Please make Naomi aware of RAN's shocking greenwash, ask that she return the award to protest RAN's disaster capitalism, and demand that RAN resign from FSC.Campaign News Updates:· Roadless Rule Survives Test of Time Saving 50+ Million Forested Acres [search]· The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Reconsidered [search]· Show MoreForest Stewardship Council (FSC) Is Primary Forest Logging: Clearing Rainforests for Plantations Is NOT Sustainable, Members Must Stop Greenwash or ResignThe Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) brand gets 70% of its timber and pulp by greenwashing current and planned destruction of 130,000,000 hectares of primary rainforests and other old forests – an area the size of South Africa. This past week - at FSC’s tri-annual General Assembly in Malaysia – the "sustainable" old forest logging greenwash worsened, as FSC voted (seconded by Greenpeace) to start certifying plantation timbers from land cleared of primary rainforests as being "sustainable". Being the best ecocidal rainforest destroyer is nothing to be proud of – all such deadly old forest certification schemes must stop. Please call upon all FSC members to reject the certification of primary forests by resigning immediately, as many others have recently done. Further, demand FSC immediately stop certifying primary forest logging or disband itself. Thank you for participating in EI's on-going global campaign to end primary forest logging, and to protect and restore old forests, as keystone responses to abrupt climate change, biodiversity loss, global ecosystem collapse, and abject poverty and inequity.Campaign News Updates:· New Report: Exposing the Myths of FSC [search]· Violence in Congo forest and the sustainable forest management [search]· Show MoreStop UN Climate Science Panel Move to Fund, Research & Implement Geoengineering as "Climate Solution"Geoengineering is the proposed large scale manipulation of Earth’s oceans, soils, sunlight and atmosphere with the intent of combating climate change. With no mandate, the UN's International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has begun talks on funding geoengineering research. Past adoption of virtually all major new technologies regardless of risk shows us if researched, geoengineering will surely be implemented. Modifying Earth at a planetary scale is so complex, and ecological and other side effects potentially so severe, that dire unintended consequences are certain. Simply, a biosphere cannot be engineered. The only way to address climate and ecology change is to end ecosystem loss and fossil fuel use; while equitably reducing emissions, consumption and population. Tell the United Nations to get out of the business of geoengineering, and lead by example in embracing social change and personal transformation adequate to achieve global climate and ecological sustainability.Campaign News Updates:· BC village’s ocean fertilization experiment probed [search]· Geoengineering: Implicit promises [search]· Show MoreKen to Barbie Doll and Greenpeace USA: Not Coming Back Just Because You Say Your Wood Is FSC CertifiedGreenpeace's quirky new rainforest campaign says Ken is leaving Barbie (Mattel's dolls) because of rainforest destruction, yet they leave the door open for "certified" primary rainforest paper pulp for toy packaging. Ecological Internet and the global grassroots rainforest protection movement will not accept an outcome from Greenpeace USA's Barbie campaign that includes FSC certified papers from Indonesia's primary rainforests. Let Greenpeace and Mattel - manufacturers of the Barbie and Ken dolls, which Greenpeace USA alleges contains rainforest pulp in its packaging - know that paper derived from primary rainforests and certified by Forest Stewardship Council is not ecologically sustainable. Greenpeace must be encouraged to resign from FSC greenwash; and work to end primary forest logging, protect and restore standing old forests, for local and global advancement and ecology. Papua New Guinea: Push for Commission of Inquiry into Illegal Rainforest Logging/Oil Palm Land GrabsPapua New Guinea (PNG) has some of the world’s largest rainforests but sadly industrial logging and oil palm are booming. “Special Agriculture and Business Leases” (SABL) covering 5.2 million hectares (12.8 million acres) have been granted 74 times by the PNG government over recent years, skirting forestry laws and allowing clearcuts of primary rainforests on customary land, for oil palm which may or may not get planted. There is huge concern that SABL leases were improperly executed and will result in large scale logging without providing agricultural development. Only an independent commission of inquiry – as promised by the acting Prime Minister and supported by local NGOs, but still not yet formally convened – can clean up PNG’s latest rainforest land grab mess.Campaign News Updates:· PNG's forest sell-off revealed [search]· Massive land grab threatening Papua New Guinea rainforest and indigenous peoples [search]· Show MoreDear President Obama: All We Are Saying Is Give Peace and Ecology a ChanceThe Human Family Says End the Wars, Bring American Boys and Girls Home, Fight Ecocide: It is time for President Obama to recommit America to the rule of international law; and begin demobilizing to realize a peace dividend for global ecology, human rights and needs, and worker equity. We all share one fragile Earth. Take action for peace ecology and global forests!Tell Old Forest Loggers and Apologists Including RAN, World Bank, Greenpeace, UN-REDD+ to End Primary Rainforest LoggingThere is no such thing as ecologically sustainable primary forest logging and those who say there is are using old forests for personal gain. As world's forest protection policy gurus meet in the Congo to finalize the final logging of much of Earth's large and contiguous rainforests; let loggers, governments, UN and NGOs supporting primary forest logging know that such industrial forestry can never be ecologically sustainable and must end immediately. Future biodiversity, climate, water availability and others ecosystem services depend critically upon maintaining intact forest ecosystems, ending first time industrial primary logging and other industrial development. It is simply unacceptable ecologically that the fate of Earth's last old forests continue to be first time industrial logging; albeit with greenwashing from FSC certification, RAN and other NGO approval and REDD+ funding.Campaign News Updates:· Rainforest Leaders to Sign Sustainablity Action Plan in 2012 [search]· Will the UN's forest protection dream turn into a nightmare? [search]· Show MoreTell Wisconsin Governor, Republican Senators: Stop Rights Abuses, Negotiate on Budget or Be RecalledPlease stand online with Wisconsin Cheddar Rebellion and its brave protestors for worker and human rights. Demand that Governor Scott Walker and Senate Republicans immediately drop their roll-back of collective bargaining rights, begin negotiating their regressive budget, or warn them they will be recalled. REDD+ Failing: Continued Corrupt Logging of Ancient Primary Rainforests with Forest Carbon Funding NO Climate SolutionOld natural forest ecosystems are key to sustaining climate, ecosystems, biodiversity, humanity and the Earth System – and their logging must be excluded from international forest carbon funding. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) - the international program to pay for protection of old rainforests as a climate change solution - has been corrupted to include first time industrial primary rainforest logging for "sustainable" timbers and agriculture plantations. Unless REDD drops the plus and focuses funding upon ending industrial primary forest destruction while addressing systematic corruption in tropical rainforest destruction, the REDD program is no longer worthy of support by ecological forest activists.Urge Forest Stewardship Council to Stop Greenwashing Industrial Primary Forest LoggingThe Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and its members, certifiers and suppliers must commit to ending the certification of primary forest timbers, falsely implying it is sustainable to log hundreds of year old trees for toilet paper, lawn furniture and other consumer items. Please participate in EI's on-going global campaign to end primary forest logging, and to protect and restore old forests, as keystone responses to abrupt climate change, biodiversity loss and global ecosystem collapse. Please take action to ensure FSC stops certifying primary forest logging; even as together we continue to successfully confront rapacious logging companies and their government enablers - 4 major victories in last months alone!Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sells Out Democracy, Local Peoples and Resources to Red China's Mining AgencySir Michael Somare - PNG's deeply corrupted PM, and once the great founder of this amazing country - is illegally clinging to power and giving away natural resources by gutting environmental law. PNG has Earth's third largest rainforests and important intact fisheries which are being threatened by his efforts to run roughshod over landowners, including those trying to stop the dumping of mine waste into Madang's bays and lagoons. Given his increasingly despotic and unbalanced behavior, it is clearly time for Mr. Somare to resign.Campaign News Updates:· Papua New Guinea: Mine given green light to dump waste into ocean [search]· Papua New Guinea: Ramu nickel a must - PM [search]· Show MoreProtest Madagascar's Breaking of Moratorium on Illegal Rosewood Log Exports from Protected RainforestsDespite a recent two year moratorium on further illegal logging and export of precious timber from the protected areas of Madagascar, the government recently approved shipment of nearly $16 million worth of timber stolen from the country's rainforest parks. Post-coup illegal log and wildlife trade continue to threaten Madagacar's biodiversity rich rainforest remnants, ecological sustainability and future potential for national advancement. Let Madagascar's transitional government, shipping industry, and French government know they will be held responsible for these ecological crimes.Campaign News Updates:· African ‘Land Grab’ Threatens Continent’s Food Security [search]· Land grabs in Africa [search]· Show MoreBrazil's Proposed Belo Monte Dam Damns Amazonian Rainforests and PeoplesThe wild and free Xingu River is critical to maintaining intact the Amazon, its peoples, Brazil's national advancement, and the Earth we share. The Brazilian government continues with plans to build the massive Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in the Amazon rainforest, despite intense and growing domestic and international opposition. The 11.2 billion dollar dam will devastate an extensive area of the Amazon rainforest and threaten the survival of tens of thousands of indigenous and traditional peoples who depend on the Xingu River for their livelihoods. It is estimated 500 square kilometers of intact Amazon rainforest land would be flooded by the dam. Resistance Growing to Ecologically Devastating Chinese Mining Invasion of Madang, Papua New GuineaChinese government owned China Metallurgical Construction (MCC) corporation's efforts to establish the massively destructive Ramu Nickel mine in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea – the largest investment in metal exploration and mining by the Chinese outside of China – is in serious jeopardy. Local landowners are successfully initiating court cases and protests to demand mine tailings not be dumped into the sea – poisoning fish stocks and causing extreme ecological destruction – or the mine be stopped. The entire project has been mismanaged, marked by shoddy construction; and disregard for local rights, life, and marine and rainforest ecology. Chinese mining investment in Madang against local wishes can only be described as an invasion of sovereign peoples, and will be resisted at all costs.PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Logging Violence and Corruption Flare in Sogeram/Ramu, Madang’s Mighty RainforestsLocal landowner initiated court case has shut down logging for two months in the Ramu. The PNG Forest Authority's review of the granting of the right to log to notorious Rimbunan Hijau of Malaysia in Ramu River valley expected soon. Industry and corrupt government officials pulling out all stops to re-grant permit to this violent and corrupt criminal-enterprise, and to allow Malaysian logger into the partially logged Sogeram as they wait. Massive cash payments and brutal violence – to intimidate communities resisting logging – is rife. Yet local protest to logging continues to intensify in Madang, as do calls to end all industrial primary rainforest logging in PNG.Campaign News Updates:· PNG PM found guilty of misconduct [search]· PNG leader Somare steps down [search]· Show MoreProtest French Company Shipping Madagascar’s Illegally Logged Rosewood Timbers to ChinaDelmas shipping, a subsidiary of French shipping giant CMA-CGM, is planning to ship hundreds of containers of illegally logged ancient rainforest logs from Madagascar to China anytime soon. Post-coup illegal log and wildlife trade continue to threaten Madagacar's biodiversity rich rainforest remnants, ecological sustainability and future potential for national advancement.More Old Forests, Less Industrial Agriculture, Key to Climate, Food and WaterSecuring world food security while maintaining operable global old forests, climate, water, ocean and terrestrial ecosystems – and human rights, justice and equity – is the biggest challenge facing humanity. Water and food are the next bubbles to burst -- expect severe shortages of both in the 2010s. It is long past time to get back to the land through protecting and restoring old forests and organic permaculture farming. Our survival depends upon being with land, collecting water, letting forests age and growing food.Campaign News Updates:· Supreme Court Rejects Appeal and Upholds Clinton’s Roadless Rule [search]· REDD may yet survive Copenhagen failures [search]· Show MorePAPUA NEW GUINEA: Grand Chief "Carbon Cowboy" Off Soon in New Private Jet to Sell Landowners' Rainforest CarbonSir Michael Somare -- Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Prime Minister -- jets soon to Copenhagen pledging to protect the country’s rainforests in exchange for REDD carbon money. Yet back home he has left a long list of shameful and corrupt rainforest/climate policies. As Copenhagen and REDD talks start, Somare pals Rimbunan Hijau of Malaysia continue logging in Ramu, Madang, despite a court order demanding they stop. Corruption, human rights abuses, and ecological devastation have no place in REDD or Papua New Guinea.Campaign News Updates:· Flannery in-depth on PNG's logging boom [search]· Expert speaks out on impact of logging in PNG [search]· Show MoreNo to Copenhagen 'Carbon Logging': GOOD REDD Fully Protects and Restores Old Forests as a Global Climatic ImperativeCopenhagen climate talks must not provide 'Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation' (REDD) carbon market funds for old, natural forest logging, or for conversion of natural or semi-natural forests and other ecosystems to plantations. Ending deforestation and degradation of old and relatively ecologically intact primary and old growth forest ecosystems, and the ecological restoration of late-successional old growth forests, are keystone responses to maintaining global climate, biodiversity, water and ecosystems.Madagascar's Protected Rainforest Hardwoods Continue to be Selectively LoggedPost-coup illegal log and wildlife trade continues to threaten Madagacar's biodiversity rich rainforest remnants, ecological sustainability and future potential for national advancement. This great nation's precious hardwoods deserve CITES protections, to ensure selective logging of any sort in its primary old forests ends.Copenhagen (and You) Must Cut Carbon Emissions by at Least 10% During 2010Urge all Earth's citizens and tribes to pursue a 10:10 pledge, protect and restore all old forests, and pursue other ambitious, short-term actions -- both personally and at Copenhagen -- as a start to avert abrupt climate change and global ecological collapse. Stewardship Revolution starts here as global ecological sustainability depends upon dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the short term.Campaign News Updates:· United Kingdom: Edinburgh becomes 100th 10:10 council [search]· United Kingdom: Climate change ministry signs up to campaign [search]· Show MoreCopenhagen (and You) Must Cut Carbon Emissions by at Least 10% During 2010Urge all Earth's citizens and tribes to pursue a 10:10 pledge, protect and restore all old forests, and pursue other ambitious, short-term actions -- both personally and at Copenhagen -- as a start to avert abrupt climate change and global ecological collapse. Stewardship Revolution starts here as global ecological sustainability depends upon dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the short term.Questioning World Bank Palm Oil Funding and Forest Carbon Finance in IndonesiaOmbudsman report on 20 years of corrupt IFC, World Bank Group lending to the Indonesian oil palm industry casts doubt on Bank's fitness to manage international forest carbon funds that may emerge at Copenhagen climate talks. It is time for the World Bank to end finance of oil palm, sustainable forest management, paper pulp and other industrial rainforest developments known to be the root causes of deforestation, degradation and climate change. The Bank must permanently end financial support for these industrial developments impacting primary rainforests, or it is the wrong entity to administer forest carbon monies. Campaign News Updates:· World Bank proposes engagement approach in Palm Oil [search]· Rainforest treaty 'fatally flawed' [search]· Show MoreJoin Borneo's Penan Indigenous Peoples in Standing up to Malaysian Rainforest DestructionMalaysia is the world's leading rainforest destroying nation. Please insist Malaysian authorities respect native customary land rights and boundaries of Penan's last remaining ancestral rainforest reserves; halt rainforest destruction in Sarawak for oil palm, pulp plantations and hydro-electric dams; and ensure rainforest destruction and abuse of indigenous rights by Malaysian companies end globally.Campaign News Updates:· Malaysia: Borneo mega-dams proposal raises fears for tribes, wildlife [search]· Win Some, Lose Some for Beleaguered Penan Tribe [search]· Show MoreLiberia's Plans to Resume Industrial Primary Rainforest Logging Already Plagued by Corruption as Samling Poised to PounceThe fact notorious illegal loggers Samling of Malaysia; who have devastated rainforests globally including those of the Penan, are secretly in contention for Liberian logging contracts illustrates, despite decades of failed reform efforts locally and internationally, that the global industrial tropical timber logging industry remains irredeemably corrupt. There is no evidence first time industrial logging of primary forests is ever ecologically sustainable or reduces poverty. Please call upon Liberian President to pursue development based upon standing rainforests, and reject entirely the resumption of industrial logging.Madang, Papua New Guinea's Mighty Ramu River Rainforests, Carbon and Peoples Threatened by Timber Mafia & Government CorruptionLet the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government know it must follow its people's wishes and end industrial rainforest destruction once and for all. Support local landowners in Madang Province and nationwide working bravely to end primary forest logging and pursue REDD carbon monies and other means to benefit from standing rainforests. The government cannot corruptly pursue both continued industrial logging and oil palm, and still expect to receive carbon market REDD payments for intact rainforest protection.Swiss Francs Threaten Indonesian RainforestsMajor Swiss banks Credit Suisse and UBS are to further fund Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), the world's largest listed palm oil company, which currently produces 10 percent of Indonesia's palm oil. A further 1.3 million hectares of land are to be developed for palm oil plantations with Swiss finance on the island of Indonesia Kalimantan (Borneo) and in Papua on the Western half of the island of New Guinea.
Tell Papua New Guinea and British Royalty: Climate Solutions Have No Place for Continued Industrial Primary Forest DestructionKnighting of illegal logger and carbon market corruption plague Papua New Guinea's (PNG) attempts to receive carbon money for protecting rainforests. Let Prime Minister Somare, and England's Queen and Prince of Wales, know PNG climate and biodiversity protection under UN REDD carbon markets requires an immediate end to industrial primary rainforest destruction by logging and oil palm. And certainly no royal knighthood for criminal loggers.Mighty Mekong River Must Forever Flow FreelyUrge Southeast Asian governments to cancel plans for up to eleven mainstream dams. Ask that each regional nation commit to keeping lower expanses of the Mekong River flowing freely, without any dams, in order to save their shared critical source of food, income and life for present and future generations.Campaign News Updates:· Scientists say Climate Change, Dams Threaten Mekong Livelihoods [search]· Vietnam and Cambodia tell Laos to stop $3.5bn Mekong river dam project [search]· Show MoreMadagascar: Daewoo's Rainforest Land Grab in Nature's ParadiseThe island of Madagascar is a veritable Noah's Ark of biodiversity, and this natural wealth is the country's primary treasure and opportunity for future ecologically sustainable development. Despite a recent revolution over the matter, the Korean company Daewoo Logistics continues to pursue plans to lease half the agricultural land in Madagascar for 99 years, industrially producing maize and palm oil on 1.3 million hectares that are now biodiversity rich rainforests and gardens. There already exists a severe food crisis nationally and local peoples, who are soon to be dispossessed from their land, are protesting, causing a major government crisis. Tell Daewoo the people of Madagascar have spoken -- and to shove off and leave Madagascar's rainforests, peoples and land alone.Campaign News Updates:· Global protocol could limit Sub-Saharan land grab [search]Violence Flares as Peru's Government Fires Upon Indigenous Peoples Protecting Their Rainforest HomesSupport tens of thousands of indigenous people bravely protesting Peru government's give-away of their rainforest homes to oil, mining and logging industry without their approval; insist peaceful protests are not met with further violence by President Alan Garcia's government, and that the focus for Amazonian development be upon benefiting from standing trees and intact rainforest ecosystems.Campaign News Updates:· Gimme shelter: Mick Jagger asked to help save Amazon tribes' forest reserve [search]· Peru: The Tangled Paths of New Forest Law [search]· Show MoreMalaysian Govt. Denies Well Documented Oil Palm Development Plans in Brazilian AmazonIn a startling yet welcome announcement, Malaysian government's land agency now denies plans to produce oil palm in the Amazon. While the prospect of a Malaysian government agency funding Amazonian oil palm has been dealt a serious setback, it is likely this project will re-emerge. Let's get formal commitment from the Malaysian government that this project is canceled, and to stop all Malaysian government and private industry funding of oil palm expansion overseas. Maybe, just maybe, we are winning this one!Campaign News Updates:· Palm Oil Could Scuttle Forest Carbon Plan: Experts [search]· Sainsbury's purchase of fish fingers isn't enough to sustain certified palm oil [search]· Show MoreForest and Crop Biomass Can Never Ecologically Sustainably Power Industrial SocietyNo Biomass/No Burning! Truly renewable energy must be defined as including no energy production or climate mitigation claims from food based agrofuels, live plants and ecosystems, or burning/pyrolysis of biomass of any type.Campaign News Updates:· Vilsack calls for renewed emphasis on forests [search]· Wood Is New Coal as Polluters Use Carbon-Eating Trees [search]· Show MoreBiofuel from Corn Ethanol Is Not Renewable, Does Not Address Climate ChangeLet California Air Resources Board know all industrially produced biofuel crops from live biomass, edible or not, still require land, soil, water, fertilizer and other finite inputs. It is clear that industrial biofuels are not "renewable energy" given that these inputs are all in limited supply, and indirect land uses lead to destruction of soil and forest carbon sinks elsewhere.Campaign News Updates:· At last, an end to ethanol subsidies [search]· Overcharged [search]· Show MoreTell Leading Climate Scientists, Industrialists and Negotiators to Stop Promoting Industrial Scale BiocharPlease protest proposals for large scale use of charcoal in soils for climate change mitigation, and against their inclusion into carbon markets. Biochar, along with agrofuels, will result in devastating expansion of industrial agriculture which threatens people, climate and ecosystems.Campaign News Updates:· Scientists see biochar as promising fuel source [search]· Maldives to pilot biochar technology [search]· Show MoreCall on U.S. Government to Halt Ecologically Misguided Support for Large Scale Biofuel Fuel from food and already overstressed terrestrial ecosystems is immoral and unsustainable. The Obama administration must start by rejecting the proposal to increase the corn ethanol fuel blend limit from 10-15%.Campaign News Updates:· Obama administration announces lower quotas for ethanol in gasoline [search]· New rules on corn ethanol may hurt environment [search]· Show MoreBolivia’s Amazon Riches to Be Plundered for OilPresident Morales must be encouraged to live up to his grand rhetoric, and end his government's hurried measures to decimate massive indigenous rainforest protected areas and their biodiversity and climate values, in a manner eerily reminiscent of the capitalistic system against which he ralliesCampaign News Updates:· Bolivia’s Battle: A Road or a Way of Life? [search]· In Bolivia, A Battle Over A Highway and a Way of Life [search]· Show MoreJoin Local Peoples in Resisting Paraguay's Devastation by Genetically Modified Soya Monocultures Deforestation, eviction, drought and murder are too high of price to pay for toxic soybeans -- and Paraguay's new government knows better and must stop the destructionCampaign News Updates:· Argentine herbicide lawsuit alarms soy farmers [search]· Argentina: Scientists Reveal Effects of Glyphosate [search]· Show MoreAs Rainforest Action Network Prepares to "Revel", What Has Become of Their Old Growth Forest Campaign?There is no chance of achieving global ancient forest protection, climate stabilization and ecological sustainability until RAN and other ancient forest logging apologists follow Friends of the Earth in withdrawing from the Forest Stewardship Council and uniting to work to end ancient forest loggingFund Ecuador to Keep Oil Underground and Rainforests Standing for Our Shared ClimateIt is time for the international community led by Europe to step up and finance large-scale Amazon rainforest preservation to protect the Earth's atmosphere, biodiversity, and life-giving ecosystems; while helping meet needs for national advancementBiofuels to Turn Kenya's Rich Tana Delta Wetlands into Ecological WastelandLet the Kenyan government know destroying ecosystems for toxic sugar monocultures is unethical, and ask them to please follow their own environmental laws, and permanently cancel the projectCampaign News Updates:· Destruction of Kenya forest is national emergency [search]· Kenya: Hue And Cry Over Tana Sugar Project [search]· Show MoreBrazil's Xingu River Dam to Damn Amazonian Rainforests and PeoplesThe wild and free Xingu River is critical to maintaining intact the Amazon, its peoples and the Earth we shareUnilever Threatens Côte d'Ivoire's Primary Rainforests, Showing Promises of "Sustainable" Palm Oil MeaninglessLeading global consumer products company poised to destroy Ivory Coast's rainforests as both investor and customer, pushing three primates to extinction, just after its future commitment to rainforest protection and certified oil palm in 2015 was much heralded by someCampaign News Updates:· Ivory Coast: Communities Determined to Preserve Tanoé Swamps Forest [search]· Activists in Ivory Coast stop palm oil project [search]· Show MoreCambodian Cardamom Mountain Wilderness to Be DammedDam construction must not damn opportunity for protection of one of Asia's last intact, fully functional natural ecosystemsCampaign News Updates:· Laos sees big fish as small price to pay for hydropower [search]· Cambodia: 'Unnecessary' dam project threatens rarest wildlife [search]· Show MoreAgrofuels on Stolen Lands Continue to Threaten Colombian Rainforests and CommunitiesIt is gravely unethical and ecologically devastating to expand production of biofuels by allowing land to be stolen from local Afro-Colombian communities; and at the expense of Colombia's ancient primary rainforests, food security, water resources and regional climateCampaign News Updates:· The Body Shop drops Colombian palm oil supplier for alleged land grabbing [search]· Colombia: Afro-Colombians fight biodiesel producers [search]· Show MoreStop the Forest Liars: "Certified" Old-Growth Rainforest Logging Does NOT Protect Biodiversity, Ecosystems or ClimateOutrageous support by big environmental groups for first-time industrial logging of primary and old-growth rainforest wildernesses based upon vague claims that FSC certification makes it sustainable, well-managed and now even "carbon positive" is a big lie and must endCampaign News Updates:· Canada: Kimberly-Clark joins Greenpeace to protect forests [search]· Scientists warn forest clearing more harmful than thought [search]· Show MoreGlobal Ecological Emergency: Brazil Must Succeed in Keeping Soybeans Out of AmazonOnly soy products that do not directly or indirectly destroy ancient rainforests, or intensify climate change and other problems inherent with large-scale industrial monocultures, will be tolerated in international marketsCampaign News Updates:· Chinese agribusiness company in DR Congo to offer thousands of jobs for locals [search]· EU Biofuel Panic Threatens Planet - Brazil Envoy [search]· Show MorePapua New Guinea's Woodlark Island Rainforests to Be Cleared for Oil Palm AgrofuelsThe PNG government continues to approve rainforest destruction and diminishment even as they vocally seek to be paid with carbon market funds for their "protection"Campaign News Updates:· Malaysia Concerned About Negative Campaigns On Palm Oil Industry [search]· EU rethink over 'damaging biofuels' warning [search]· Show MoreMayor Bloomberg: We Love New York, But Hate Your Government's Rainforest Destruction!New York City is one of the biggest consumers of ancient rainforest timbers; and their use of tropical hardwoods must end to protect global climate, ecosystems and biodiversityCampaign News Updates:· New York mayor supports carbon emissions tax, reduces hardwood use [search]· World's forests in dire need of protection [search]· Show MoreProtest Failed World Bank Congo Rainforest Policy and Proposed Ill-Conceived Forest Carbon PaymentsGiven revelations of misconduct in Democratic Republic of Congo's rainforests by the World Bank, their desire to administer global carbon payments for rainforest protection as a means to address climate change is suspectCampaign News Updates:· All About: Forests and carbon trading [search]· Climate Change Seen Hurting Poor Regions [search]· Show MoreClimate Protection Payments Must Avoid Deforestation of Ancient Rainforests AND Their Industrial DiminishmentSelective logging diminishes primary and old-growth forests' carbon stores, ecosystems, and biodiversity; and has no place in proposed carbon market payments for rainforest and climate protectionCampaign News Updates:· Argentine lawmakers pass glacier law to curb mining [search]· Biofuels bottom of the heap in impact study [search]· Show MoreStop Ocean City, New Jersey from Using Ancient Rainforest Timbers for Boardwalk DeckingAn important precedent must be set that industrial logging of ancient forests, even if FSC "certified", must endCampaign News Updates:· NJ beach town ends fight over Amazon wood [search]· New Jersey: Boardwalk wood selection has Wildwood officials, environmentalists at odds [search]· Show MoreFSC and Big Green "Certified" Ancient Forest Logging Tragedy WorsensSupport for "certified" ancient rainforest logging crumbles further due to string of inappropriate and illegal certifications, most recently in Peru; and as Norway rejects FSC and all primary rainforest logging certification schemesGreenpeace, Come Clean and Stop Supporting Ancient Rainforest LoggingThere is no such thing as certified, sustainable logging of primary forests. Tell Greenpeace to release their suppressed report on industrial certified forestry, and to resign the chair and withdraw from the Forest Stewardship CouncilMyth of "Certified, Sustainable Ancient Forest Logging" Threatens the World's Rainforests and ClimateTell the World Bank, WWF and Greenpeace to stop aiding and abetting failed "sustainable" and "certified" forest management for the Congo Basin and elsewhere, and instead commit to End Ancient Rainforest LoggingCampaign News Updates:· Africa's Oldest National Park may be Put at Risk by Oil Exploration [search]· DR Congo needs clear logging policies: Greenpeace [search]· Show MoreStop Malaysian Samling Group - Global Leaders in Rainforest DestructionDestroyer of ancient rainforests and indigenous livelihoods from Malaysia to Guyana now a publicly listed company that along with its financiers is facing renewed international protestIndonesia's Biofuel Expansion on Rainforest Peatlands to Accelerate Climate ChangeLet the President know the world expects Indonesia to keep the Environment Minister's promise to tackle the root causes of rainforest fires and peatland drainageCampaign News Updates:· Environmentalists Say Moratorium on Forest Conversion an Empty Promise [search]· Palm oil giant vows to spare most valuable Indonesian rainforest [search]· Show MoreBrazil Approves Deforestation of Important Amazon ReserveThe strength and permanence of protected status for ancient rainforests under Brazilian law is at stakeEurope Must End Their "Deforestation Biofuel" Energy PolicyIndustrial biofuels threaten Rainforests and European land sustainabilityCampaign News Updates:· Campaigners welcome EU plan to limit crop-based biofuels for transport [search]· United Kingdom: Biomass generators to face sustainability criteria [search]· Show MoreContinue to Oppose Oil Production in Ecuador's Yasuni and Other National ParksAll of Ecuador's protected areas including all of Yasua must be strictly protected from oil and loggingCampaign News Updates:· Ecuador Allows Oil Drilling in Yasuni National Park [search]· Ecuador: Saving Yasuni: Can a revolutionary plan protect the rainforest from commercial exploitation? [search]· Show MoreSay No to Industrial Mining in French Guiana's Ancient RainforestsProtected areas, water resources and indigenous peoples will all be devastated if French Government grants environmental approvals - decision on environmental license for industrial open-air gold mining in the primary
rainforests of French Guiana expected soon!Stop ANZ Bank Funding of Illegal Logging in Papua New GuineaInsist leading Australian/New Zealand bank stop financing destruction of PNG's ancient rainforests by Malaysian loggersCampaign News Updates:· Supreme Court Rules Logging Rights In PNG Illegal [search]· Forestry officials ignoring PNG law [search]· Show MorePenan Logging Blockade Maintained, Malaysia Must Implement Permanent ProtectionsInsist Malaysian authorities respect native customary land rights and boundaries of Penan's last remaining ancestral rainforest reservesSupport Petition to Save Malaysia's Belum-Temengor RainforestsProposed National Park "Richest of the Rich" in Terms of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Threatened by LoggingCampaign News Updates:· Saving our rainforests should be a non-political matter [search]· Stop clearing at Belum Temengor Forest Reserve [search]· Show MoreChinese Olympic Committee Must Independently Prove Olympic Torch Not Burning World's RainforestsBeijing Olympics 2008: Destroying Papua's Ancient Rainforests to Raise the Olympic TorchCampaign News Updates:· Tough Times For US Ethanol To Force Shake-Out [search]Massive Gas Pipeline to Pierce the AmazonProject will devastate South America's rainforests, water and climateCampaign News Updates:· Brazil, Venezuela Pledge Deeper Energy Integration [search]Panama Power Line Plan to Destroy Darien Gap RainforestShort sighted energy policy threatens regional ecosystem, security and indigenous rightsWorld Bank Must Not Fund Rainforest Destruction in the CongoIndustrial logging of ancient primary forests is ecologically and socially indefensibleCampaign News Updates:· African forests gobble up more CO2: study [search]· Congo rainforest given hope as deals cancelled [search]· Show More
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