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Industry Hype & Misdirected Science Undercuts Real Energy/Climate Solutions: Genetically Engineering Poplars for Paper and Biofuels Condemned
Biofuelwatch, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Center for Food Safety, Global Justice Ecology Project FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9 APRIL 2014   Washington, DC - Scientists and environmentalists today condemned a recent press release by researchers at the University of British Columbia announcing they have created genetically engineered (GE) poplar trees for paper and biofuel production, opening the prospect of growing these GE trees like an agricultural crop in the future. [1] The poplars were genetically engineered for altered lignin composition to supposedly make them easier to process into paper and biofuels. Groups, however, warn that manipulation of lignin, and the potential contamination of wild poplars with that ...

4/09/2014 4:40 am  Read More  


Release: Failed investment in Biomass calls industry into question
For Immediate Release: 1 April 2014 Bad news for biomass industry: failed investment marks a sobering conclusion to annual industry event in Florida Last week the annual International biomass industry conference was held in Orlando, Florida. Industry executives from around the world attended to learn about the latest technologies, discuss biomass "supply chains" and network together. This year's event featured a special "pellet supply chain summit" where the topic of discussion was the rapidly escalating export of southeastern U.S. forests to Europe, where they are burned in old coal plants or stand-alone biomass electricity facilities. But even as the conference attendees were out ...

4/01/2014 1:52 pm  Read More  


Exhibition on Green Land Grabbing Launched
21 March 2014   On the occasion of International Forest Day, the Global Forest Coalition in collaboration with Critical Information Collective, Global Justice Ecology Project, and Langelle Photography launched an exhibition that demonstrates the impacts of so-called 'green land grabbing' on local communities. Green land grabbing is a relatively new phenomenon facilitated by forest carbon offset projects and other initiatives (forest carbon projects aim to use trees' and plants' ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as a way of compensating for greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries).     The exhibition "Defending Community Rights against Green Land Grabbing" shows how forest carbon offset projects ...

3/31/2014 5:19 am  Read More  


Typhoon Hiayan "Demonstrating How Global South Pays Price for Emissions Historically from North"
PM Friday, November 8, 2013 Typhoon Hiayan "Demonstrating How Global South Pays Price for Emissions Historically from North"During the last major climate conference in 2012 in Doha, Tetet Lauron, a delegate from the Philippines, spoke of the devastating effects of Typhoon Bopha that hit the Philippines during that conference, killing hundreds. She said then: "I am Tetet. I am a citizen of the world. This is not an equal nor equitable or world -- and I've had enough! To the wealthy, industrialized countries who are bracking and deleting away the survival of the people of the developing world [a reference to ...

11/08/2013 5:59 am  Read More  


University of Florida Threatens to Arrest anti-GMO Presenters and Bans Them from Campus
For Immediate Release  28 October 2013 Gainesville, FL (US) - The University of Florida, a leading institution researching genetically engineered (GE) trees [1], threatened to arrest activists from the Campaign to STOP GE Trees when they arrived on campus Saturday to prepare for a presentation to highlight critical perspectives on tree biotechnology that was scheduled for tonight. The police informed the group that their presentation had been cancelled, and warned them that they were banned from University of Florida (UF) property for three years. "Evicting us from campus was a blatant act of censorship by the University of Florida, likely linked to ...

10/28/2013 1:33 pm  Read More  


September 21: International Day of Action against Monoculture Tree Plantations
Global Justice Ecology Project, Campaign to STOP GE Trees, Biofuelwatch and Global Forest Coalition For Immediate Release        20 September 2013 International Day of Action Targets Monoculture Tree Plantations:Ban on Genetically Engineered Trees Demanded New York, US -  On 21 September, the International Day of Action against Monoculture Tree Plantations [1], organizations, forest dependent communities, and Indigenous Peoples from around the globe will denounce industrial tree plantations due to their devastating social and ecological impacts.Global Justice Ecology Project, Global Forest Coalition,Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees, andBiofuelwatch are joining the International Day of Action against industrial tree plantations by demanding an immediate ban on ...

9/23/2013 12:26 pm  Read More  


Industry Conference in Crisis Amid Mass Protests Against Genetically Engineered Trees
Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees, Global Justice Ecology Project, Earth First!, Real Cooperative, Global Forest Coalition, Biofuelwatch For Immediate Release                                   28 May 2013 Asheville, NC (US)- Hundreds of demonstrators marched on an international forest biotechnology industry conference today, demanding a ban on the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment.      The protest, the largest yet against GE trees, occurred one day after two Asheville residents were arrested while disrupting a presentation titled "Engineering Trees for the Biorefinery."   Following the arrests and the threat of protest today, the conference went on high alert.  Police maintained ...

5/29/2013 4:03 am  Read More  


Protesters Arrested at Genetically Engineered Tree Conference
From the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees, Global Justice Ecology Project, Earth First!, Dogwood Alliance, Biofuelwatch, Global Forest Coalition, REAL Cooperative For Immediate Release                                   27 May 2013 Asheville, NC (US)- As the Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference kicked off early Monday, two Asheville residents were arrested after disrupting a major presentation by Belgian tree engineer Wout Boerjan entitled, "Engineering trees for the biorefinery."   The protestors said that if legalized, GE trees would lead to the destruction of native forests and biodiversity in the US South, and be economically devastating to rural ...

5/29/2013 3:55 am  Read More  


Opponents of genetically engineered (GE) trees join March Against Monsanto
From the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees, Global Justice Ecology Project, Earth First!, Dogwood Alliance, Biofuelwatch, Global Forest Coalition, REAL Cooperative For Immediate Release                                   25 May 2013Opponents of genetically engineered (GE) trees join March Against MonsantoOrganizations gear up for week-long protests and events against GE treesAsheville, NC (US)-Groups and participants from the Campaign to STOP GE Trees rallied and marched in today's March Against Monsanto in Asheville, which drew over 1000 people.  Millions of people in hundreds of cities internationally protested the GMO food and chemical giant, Monsanto, condemning their unethical and dangerous practices.  Anti-GE tree demonstrators have converged ...

5/25/2013 11:48 am  Read More  


Tree Biotechnogy 2013 Protests: Experts Available For Interviews
Please download the PDF below for the list of experts who are Available For Interviews.  Included are names, contact details, and areas of expertise.  AFI TB13 5-21-2013 A.pdf ...

5/23/2013 11:16 am  Read More  


Week of Protests Planned Against Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees at Industry Conference
From the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, Global Justice Ecology Project, Earth First!, Dogwood Alliance, Global Forest Coalition and Biofuelwatch     Media Advisory              23 May 2013   Asheville, NC- Local, national and international groups are combining forces for a series of events and protests against the international Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference in Asheville, NC from 25 May to 1 June.    The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is organizing the bi-annual Tree Biotechnology conference.   ArborGen, one of the sponsors of the IUFRO conference, wants to commercially sell millions of GE eucalyptus trees in seven southern ...

5/24/2013 10:35 am  Read More  


US Public Overwhelmingly Rejects Genetically Engineered Trees
Global Justice Ecology Project, Biofuelwatch & Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees Press Release For Immediate Release                      30 April 2013 US Public Overwhelmingly Rejects  Genetically Engineered Trees Upcoming Protests Disrupt Tree Biotech Conference Plans Asheville, NC - By a majority of almost 99.99% to .01%, the US public overwhelming rejected steps toward the legalization of genetically engineered trees during the USDA APHIS [1] public comment period that ended yesterday. The comments were in response to a petition by genetically engineered (GE) tree company ArborGen requesting permission to commercially sell their GE freeze tolerant eucalyptus trees.[2] Calls for a ban on the technology flooded the ...

4/30/2013 4:35 am  Read More  


Groups Globally Oppose Plans to Burn Wood for Electricity Citing Impacts on Forests, Climate, Communities
For Immediate Release   24 April 2013 London, England - In conjunction with an action in London today outside of the Drax power plant, organizations and networks from around the world released an Open Letter expressing opposition to plans by UK utility Drax to burn nearly 16 million tonnes of mostly imported wood biomass, in a coal power station [1]. Drax is one of several European companies converting older power stations from burning coal to burning wood pellets or co-firing pellets combined with coal. US and Canadian energy companies are also investing in biomass ...

4/24/2013 12:28 pm  Read More  


Advisory: USDA Begins Deregulation for 1st Genetically Engineered Forest Tree
Media Advisory, 12 March 2013 USDA Begins Deregulation Process for First Genetically Engineered Forest Tree Washington, DC - On 22 February, the US Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding a petition to deregulate [legalize] the commercial sale of the first genetically engineered forest tree in the US, a freeze tolerant eucalyptus tree. This GE eucalyptus EIS represents the first time APHIS has prepared a full EIS on a genetically engineered plant without being forced to by litigation.  It is only the fourth time that APHIS has prepared ...

3/13/2013 1:32 pm  Read More  


Genetically Engineered Trees for Bioenergy Pose Major Threat to Southern Forests
For Immediate Release                                                                        12 February 2013 Genetically Engineered Trees for Bioenergy Pose Major Threat to Southern Forests In response to industry plans to develop eucalyptus plantations across the US South[1], environmental groups[2] are raising serious concerns about the impacts of eucalyptus plantations on forests, rural communities, wildlife and the climate, especially if those trees are genetically engineered. EcoGen, LLC recently announced plans to develop eucalyptus plantations in southern Florida to feed biomass facilities.  Additionally, South Carolina-based ArborGen has requested USDA permission to sell billions of genetically engineered cold tolerant eucalyptus trees for plantations in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, ...

2/24/2013 1:11 pm  Read More  


Doha: Forest Groups Denounce False Solutions to Forest Loss at UN Climate Summit
From Global Forest Coalition , Biofuelwatch, Global Justice Ecology Project For immediate release - 6 December 2012 UK alleges it will address drivers of climate change - but aims to subsidise a massive expansion of wood-based biomass industry Doha, Qatar - As negotiations failed to finalise an agreement on a controversial forest policy called REDD+ [1] during the ongoing UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in Doha, Qatar [2], forest groups published a letter challenging claims that the drivers of forest change are being addressed by countries within the REDD+ negotiations. Negotiations on REDD+ turned sour in Doha as developing countries realised they ...

12/06/2012 12:34 pm  Read More  


Press Release: Organizations Renew Demand to UN for Global Ban on GM Trees
World Rainforest Movement, Global Justice Ecology Project, Global Forest Coalition, Biofuelwatch, Campaign to Stop GE Trees Joint Press Release                                                                                                2 October 2012 Organizations Renew Demand to UN for Global Ban on GM Trees Amsterdam, Netherlands / Montevideo, Uruguay /Buffalo, NY, US--At the Meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India [1], civil society organizations [2] released a letter today to the CBD Executive Secretary demanding a global ban on the release of genetically modified trees into the environment. [3]  One of the topics for discussion at this meeting are guidelines for the risk ...

10/02/2012 12:06 pm  Read More  


Campaign to Target GMO Trees at Occupy Monsanto Conference
For Immediate Release: September 13, 2012 Campaign to Target Genetically Engineered Trees at Occupy Monsanto Conference St. Louis, MO--The Campaign to Stop GE Trees  http://nogetrees.org will participate in the Occupy Monsanto conference here on September 16-17 to sound the alarm about the dangers genetically engineered trees pose to communities, wildlife and forests. The campaign asserts that Monsanto is complicit in this emerging hazard. Monsanto's glyphosate-based RoundUp herbicide will be used to control weeds around trees that are genetically engineered to be "RoundUp Ready," or resistant to that herbicide. Use of this trait in GMO crops led to a documented tripling in the use ...

9/19/2012 11:09 am  Read More  


IPA Release--Climate: Record Heat, Policy Adrift (GE Trees to Make Climate Change Worse)
Wednesday, 11 July, 2012 Interviews Available:   ANNE PETERMANN, (802) 578-0477, anne@globaljusticeecology.org, http://globaljusticeecology.org     Petermann is executive director of the Global Justice Ecology Project and coordinator of the STOP Genetically Engineered Trees Campaign. She said today: "The first six months of 2012 were the hottest ever recorded. Thousands of weather records were broken -- with nearly 4,000 in June alone.      "These impacts have long been predicted by climate scientists, but are virtually ignored at the international policy level. After the UN Climate Conference in Durban last December, Nature Magazine stated, 'It is clear that the science of climate change and the politics ...

7/18/2012 2:35 pm  Read More  


From Rio+20--GMO Trees and the Green Economy: Green Deserts for All?
For Immediate Release 19 June, 2012From Global Justice Ecology Project, STOP GE Trees Campaign, World Rainforest Movement, Global Forest Coalition, Carbon Trade WatchGMO Trees and the Green Economy: Green Deserts for All? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil–While the highly controversial “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative [1] is underway today at Energy Day at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the international STOP GE Trees Campaign [2] is demanding a global ban on the release of destructive and dangerous genetically engineered trees (also called GE trees, GMO trees or GM trees) into the environment.Brazil is one of the most active countries in promoting ...

6/20/2012 1:03 pm  Read More  


Genetically Engineered Tree Trial Destroyed in New Zealand
For Immediate Release                                                      13 April 2012 Oakland, CA – News emerged today that a field trial of genetically engineered pine trees (pinus radiata) in New Zealand was destroyed over Easter weekend by unknown persons. The field trial was conducted by Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute (CRI) that specializes in technology development for the forestry sector. Scion planted 375 GE pines last year to test herbicide resistance and study reproductive development. The company said the destruction of the GE tree plantation will cost around NZ $400,000. Scion has been working in partnership with GE tree company ArborGen, a ...

4/14/2012 11:16 am  Read More  


CA Bay Area Biotech Labs May Bring Unforeseen Risks, Says Civil Society Coalition
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 28, 2012 Bay Area Biotech Labs May Bring Unforeseen Risks, Says Civil Society CoalitionCommunity Groups Raise Concerns Over Untold Story of 'Green' Development  Synbiowatch, a newly formed coalition of labor, environmental, and bioscience watchdog groups, has come together to host a public forum on March 29 called Unmasking the Bay Area Bio Lab and Synthetic Biology: Health, Justice, and Communities at Risk, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. The event, a first of its kind, will address community concerns about the rapid growth of private biotech labs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and specifically the planned ...

3/29/2012 11:18 am  Read More  


Press Release: Instability in Genetically Engineered Tree Company Indicated with ArborGen Shake Up
For Immediate Release:  March 22, 2012 Instability in Genetically Engineered Tree Company Indicated with ArborGen Shake Up New Report: Analysis of the State of GE Trees and Advanced Bioenergy Launched Last week on March 14, ArborGen, a leader in genetically engineered tree research and development, experienced a major shake up when its Board announced “new leadership changes at its senior executive level,” [1] after the failure of the company to go public on the NASDAQ in 2011. [2] Most significantly, Barbara Wells, their CEO and President since 2002 was replaced. Today, Global Justice Ecology Project announced their new report, An Analysis of the State ...

3/22/2012 10:32 am  Read More  


Press Release: New Video Reveals Global Opposition to REDD Forest Carbon Offsets
For Immediate Release                                       January 24, 2010 New Video Reveals Global Resistance to Forest-Carbon ProjectsA Darker Shade of Green Documents Critical Perspectives on REDD Global Forest Coalition and Global Justice Ecology Project have produced a new video entitled A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests. The twenty-eight minute video, launched today, documents opposition among Indigenous Peoples, forest-dependent communities and environmental justice groups around the globe, to controversial programs that claim to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) by putting forests into the carbon market. As REDD policies and programs are promoted around the world by corporations and ...

1/24/2012 10:32 am  Read More  


Media Advisory--Report Back from Durban, South Africa: Grassroots vs. the 1% at the UN Climate Negotiations
January 5, 2012 Burlington, VT—Global Justice Ecology Project’s Anne Petermann, Orin Langelle and Jeff Conant, along with Keith Brunner and Lindsey Gillies will give a report on the recent controversial UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa next Wednesday, January 11, at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  All four presenters were in Durban for the climate negotiations. Fletcher Free Library is located at 235 College Street.  Burlington Action Against Nukes and the Environmental Action Group of Occupy Burlington are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. “The Durban disaster marks the lost decade ...

1/05/2012 3:47 am  Read More  


Global Justice Ecology Project Director Anne Petermann Ejected from UN Climate Conference
Delegates from Mauritius, South Africa, and Elsewhere Expelled as Well For Immediate Release    9 December 2011 Durban, South Africa – Civil society activists erupted into protest in the halls of the UN Climate Summit this afternoon, blocking the plenary halls and bursting into chants of “Climate Justice Now!”, “Don’t Kill Africa!”, “World Bank out of Climate Finance, “No Carbon Trading,” and “No REDD!” When UN Security began to remove the activists, Anne Petermann, Executive Director of GJEP, sat down. When she was asked to leave willingly, she refused to comply. While others were escorted out, Petermann, and GEAR’s Keith Brunner refused to ...

12/11/2011 5:38 am  Read More  


Durban COP 17: Climate Justice Experts Available for Interviews at UN Climate Talks, Durban, South Africa
To reach contacts listed below, unless otherwise indicated, call Jeff Conant, Global Justice Ecology Project Communications Director: +27 (0)73.623.0619 [to call from outside of South Africa do not dial the (0)]  jc@globaljusticeecology.org   Climate Change & Politics Pablo Solón –Bolivia Former Ambassador to the United Nations for the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Before becoming Ambassador to the United Nations, Pablo Solón Romero worked as an activist for many years with different social organizations, indigenous movements, workers’ unions, student associations, human rights and cultural organizations in Bolivia.  As Ambassador to the UN, Solón spearheaded successful resolutions on the Human Right to Water, International Mother Earth ...

11/27/2011 4:51 am  Read More  


Occupy: Behind the Movements for Change in Burlington and Across the World
For Immediate Release                      November 17, 2011 Because The System of Debt is the System of Death Behind the Movements for Change in Burlington and Across the World “Government officials … use their own refusal to provide basic public services to justify raids against Occupations.”                                                       --Author Ted Rail Burlington, VT--Two days after a late-night raid of the Occupy Wall Street encampment and one week after the Occupy Burlington camp was shut down, Global Justice Ecology Project held a press conference with members of Occupy Burlington at the site of the shut down Occupy Burlington encampment, ...

11/17/2011 3:39 am  Read More  


Release: Legal Setback Will Not Deter Action to Stop Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
For Immediate Release                                                             October 26, 2011 Legal Setback Will Not Deter Action to Stop Engineered Eucalyptus Trees Court Rules Secret Genetically Engineered Tree Test Plots Do Not Need Environmental Oversight Miami, Florida--On October 7, 2011, the 11th Circuit U.S. District Court for Southern Florida ruled that the planting of more than a quarter of a million genetically engineered (GE) non-native eucalyptus trees can proceed in secret test plots across seven southern states. [1] The ruling was the result of a lawsuit filed against the USDA, which approved the test plots. The suit to stop the dangerous GE tree test plots from moving forward ...

10/26/2011 12:20 pm  Read More  


Press Release: World Bank Forest Schemes Displacing Communities in the South, Furthering Pollution in the North
(note: link to video corrected below) For Immediate Release 21 September 2011  (Español debajo) World Bank Forest Carbon Schemes Charged with Displacing Communities in the Global South, Furthering Pollution in the Global North Washington, DC – As the World Bank, the largest source of multilateral financing for forestry projects, [1] prepares for its fall meetings here, Global Justice Ecology Project charges that the Bank’s promotion of the controversial forest-carbon scheme called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) harms both forests and forest dependent communities in developing countries, while encouraging continued pollution in vulnerable communities in developed countries like the U.S.    Following the announcement ...

9/21/2011 9:52 am  Read More  


European Commission Caves in to Industry Over Biofuel Rules But GFC Demands Precautionary Approach
Note:  GJEP is the North American Focal Point for Global Forest Coalition.13 September, 2011–In a long-awaited announcement last week[1], the European Commission decided to entirely ignore the indirect climate impacts of agrofuels for up to seven more years. The Global Forest Coalition (GFC), a network of more than 50 NGOs and Indigenous Peoples Organisations worldwide, says the decision illustrates once more the absurdity of EU claims regarding “sustainable biofuels”.  GFC continues to call for the EU and EU member states to abolish biofuel targets and subsidies as the only way to prevent further disastrous consequences for forests, people and climate.According ...

9/13/2011 10:49 am  Read More  


Environmental, Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights Groups Reject International Offsets in California's Global Warming Solutions Act
For Immediate Release                                                August 23, 2011 Environmental, Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights Groups Reject International Offsets in California's Global Warming Solutions Act  Oakland, CA – The California Air Resources Board meets tomorrow in Sacramento, CA to announce the findings of its evaluation of alternatives to Cap and Trade in AB32, the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act.  Environmental, indigenous peoples’ and human rights groups warn that outsourcing the state’s emissions reductions through carbon offsets will shift the responsibility for the ...

8/23/2011 2:03 pm  Read More  


Global Forest Coalition to United Nations: Nature at Whose Service?
For Immediate Release           June 3, 2011Global Forest Coalition to United Nations: “Nature at Whose Service?”3 June, 2011 – On the eve of the next round of United Nations climate talks, the Global Forest Coalition (GFC), a worldwide network of more than 50 NGOs and Indigenous Peoples' Organisations, has expressed its strong opposition to the theme of the UN’s 2011 World Environment Day, which takes place on 5 June. While intended to draw attention to the many ways in which forests are essential to human society, and, in the words of the UN Environment Programme, “to encourage forest conservation and sustainable ...

6/03/2011 11:13 am  Read More  


Public and Scientific Doubts Cause Confidence in GE Trees to Decline
For Immediate Release                                                                               13 May, 2011 Genetically Engineered Tree Company ArborGen Decides Not to Go Public with Stocks Public and Scientific Doubts Cause Confidence in GE Trees to Decline Summerville, SC— The genetically engineered tree (GE tree) company ArborGen, a joint project of timber corporations International Paper (NYSE: IP), MeadWestvaco (NYSE: MWV) and Rubicon (NZSE: RBC.NZ), decided suddenly yesterday to change its plans and not sell shares in ArborGen publicly on the NASDAQ exchange. [1] On July 1, 2010, three member organizations of the STOP GE Trees Campaign (Global Justice Ecology Project, Dogwood Alliance and Sierra Club) ...

5/13/2011 11:39 am  Read More  


World's largest wood power station approved in the UK will threaten climate and forests
Press Release 30th March 2011 - Plans were approved on 14 March 2011 to convert RWE power’s Tilbury B power station from coal to burning imported wood pellets – over 7 million tonnes per year. Biofuelwatch estimates that this would, if implemented, push the UK's planned demand for biomass to around 60 million tonnes of wood per year (1).  This is more than six times the UK's annual wood production (2) and poses a major threat to forests, local as well as forest-dependent communities and to the climate.  RWE claim that most of the wood will be sourced from North America, ...

3/31/2011 1:01 pm  Read More  


2011 Year of Forests: Real Solutions to Deforestation Demanded
As UN Declares International Year of Forests, Groups Demand Solutions to Root Causes of Deforestation Insist Indigenous & Forest Peoples' Rights Must Be at the Heart of Forest Protection New York, 2 February 2011-At the launch of the High Level segment of the UN Forum on Forests today, Mr. Sha Zhukan, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs will declare 2011 "the International Year of Forests." Civil society groups advocating forest protection, Indigenous Rights, and climate justice are launching a program called "The Future of Forests," to ensure that forest protection strategies address the real causes of global forest decline, and are ...

2/01/2011 10:23 am  Read More  


Environmental Groups Denounce False Forest Policies as UN Year of Forests Opens
(español debajo) From Global Forest Coalition For Immediate Release               24 January 2011                                                 Environmental Groups Denounce False Forest Policies as UN Year of Forests Opens Plantations are Not Forests—Forests are Not Commodities—Forests Are Life New York, 24 January 2011: At the opening of the 10th session of the UN Forum on Forests today in New York, which marks the opening of the UN Year of Forests, the Global Forest Coalition (1) called upon Governments to halt the continuing privatization and commodification of forests through forest carbon offsets and other false solutions to climate change.  “The recent Climate ...

1/24/2011 11:53 am  Read More  


Press Conference: 1,000 Cancuns Actions, Pablo Salon to Speak
Español abajo   Global Justice Ecology Project Press Conference:  La Via Campesina, Indigenous Environmental Network, Friends of the Earth, and Pablo Solon, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations,to Issue Joint Statement on Actions  ***Strong visuals, photo opportunities*** When: Today, 7 December, 11:00 hrs. Where: Conference Room 2 (Luna) Expo Azteca, Moon Palace, Cancun, Mexico Who: La Via Campesina, Bolivian & Paraguayan government officials, Indigenous Environmental Network, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Friends of the Earth International, COIABE, and global social movement allies  La Via Campesina, the world's largest ...

3/22/2011 3:06 am  Read More  


RELEASE: Cancun - Activists Occupy Lobby during Climate Talks
Global Justice Ecology Project Press Release     10 December 2010 (GJEP statement follows Release) Photos: http://climatevoices.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/photo-essay-moon-palace-occupation-for-climate-justice/ Outrage at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Moon Palace Occupation Demands Climate Justice UNFCCC Now the World Carbon Trading Organization Cancun, Mexico–At 1:15 PM on the last day of the UN climate talks, a dozen participants staged an un-permitted action at the Moon Palace where the climate negotiations were taking place, to protest the silencing of civil society voices by the UNFCCC. Their mouths gagged with “UNFCCC,” they locked arms in front of the escalators leading to the closed chambers ...

12/10/2010 9:34 am  Read More  


New Report Exposes UN REDD Program as Fundamentally Flawed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2010 New Report Exposes UN REDD Program as Fundamentally Flawed Indigenous and NGO Groups Warn that REDD and other carbon market mechanisms will exacerbate the climate crisis.   *** Download report: http://bit.ly/hmNq0p - Available both in English and Spanish *** New publication exposes links between REDD and carbon trading, International Financial Institutions, extractive industries, GMO trees and biotech. Cancún, Mexico, December 6 2010 - Indigenous Peoples, grassroots groups and environmental organizations warn that the UN forest protection scheme being negotiated in Cancún amid the ...

12/06/2010 6:31 am  Read More  


Burning Forests to Save the Climate?
Global Justice Ecology Project Media Alert              2 December, 2010 Burning Forests to Save the Climate?   COP16 SIDE EVENT: Thursday 2 December, 20:15, Cancunmesse, Sandia Room   Large Scale Bioenergy, REDD and GMO Trees (Sponsored by Global Justice Ecology Project and BiofuelWatch)   The scaling up of industrial wood-based bioenergy in Europe and North America and the promotion of REDD, biochar and GMO trees in climate mitigation schemes will have serious impacts on forests, forest dependent peoples and the climate.   A panel of experts from Global Justice Ecology Project, BiofuelWatch, Global Forest Coalition and Friends of the Earth Brazil will discuss the ...

12/02/2010 4:13 am  Read More  


Press Conference Today: FALSE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE Nuclear, Coal, Geoengineering and CDM Funding
Español debajo MEDIA ADVISORY Global Justice Ecology Project with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and the ETC Group present: Press Conference Today: FALSE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE Nuclear, Coal, Geoengineering and CDM Funding WHEN: Today, November 30, 2010 /18:00 hrs (6 pm)WHERE: Moon Palace,Luna Room 2 WHO: Nikke Alex – Diné, USA is Diné (Navajo) originally from Dilcon, Arizona (Navajo Nation).  She is the Executive Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition, an environmental justice organization based in Flagstaff, AZ. Nikke has carried out independent research about ...

1/05/2011 11:30 am  Read More  


Cancun COP-16: Climate Justice Experts Available for Interviews
Climate Justice Experts and Spokespeople from Climate-Impacted Communities Available for Interviews at COP16 *** Our list is updated daily Spanish and English translation available for all interviews   Global Justice Ecology Project's media team in Cancún at the UN Climate Convention is working closely with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Forest Coalition; Climate Justice Now!; ETC Group; Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA); Grassroots Global Justice Alliance; Grassroots Solutions for Climate Justice North America; Global Exchange; and Via Campesina. These and other allied groups draw attention to the root causes of the climate crisis and present ecologically appropriate climate solutions based in equity, human rights and ...

11/29/2010 4:00 am  Read More  


Advisory--Cancun: Stories of climate-impacted people amplified
Oakland, CA (U.S.) - Global Justice Ecology Project's New Voices on Climate Change announced today that they are working with other Non-Governmental Organizations, Indigenous Peoples Organizations and social movements to amplify the voices of people and communities impacted by the climate crisis during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC meets in Cancún, Mexico from 29 November through 10 December 2010. Global Justice Ecology Project is sending a media team to Cancún to work closely with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Forest Coalition, Climate Justice Now!, ETC Group, Global Alliance for ...

11/18/2010 3:00 am  Read More  


Alert: Breaking News in Japan
Coverage of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity This Week Interviews for Media Available Nagoya, Japan--Global Justice Ecology Project is covering the UN Convention on Biological Diversity all week on our Climate Connections http://climatevoices.wordpress.com/ blog.   Besides reporting breaking news from NGOs, Indigenous Peoples' Organizations and other activists in Nagayo, Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and North American Focal Point for the Global Forest Coalition, is on site dispatching daily analysis for Climate Connections. Interviews with Anne Petermann and others attending the UN CBD are ...

10/18/2010 1:41 pm  Read More  


International Day Against Tree Monocultures
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  21 SEPTEMBER 2010 International Day Against Tree Monocultures Southern U.S. States Targeted for Genetically Engineered Tree Plantations From:  STOP GE Trees Campaign / Global Justice Ecology Project / Dogwood Alliance *****For 5 minute video clip on Tree Monocultures and GE Trees, click here*****   United States--Today is the International Day Against Tree Monocultures [1]. Across the globe, timber plantations are wreaking havoc on forests and forest dependent communities.  Now, to further exacerbate this damage, genetically engineered trees (or GE trees) pose a new and unprecedented threat.    The Dogwood Alliance’s Executive Director, Danna Smith said, “The USDA recently approved a request by ...

9/21/2010 10:28 am  Read More  


Groups condemn implied land-grab for biochar
Today twenty-one groups (African Biodiversity Network, Amigransa Venezuela, Biofuelwatch, CESTA (Friends of the Earth El Salvador), COECOCEIBA Costa Rica, Econexus, ETC Group, FASE  Brasil, Gaia Foundation, Global Forest Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project, Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations (RECOMA), NOAH Food and Agriculture (FoE Denmark), Observatorio de Conflictos Ambientales (OLCA) Chile, Otros Mundos Mexico, Rettet den Regenwald, Salva la Selva, Save America’s Forests, Sobrevivencia (Friends of the Earth Paraguay), Timberwatch Coalition and World Rainforest Movement) expressed their dismay at an article by leading biochar advocates, published in the science magazine Nature Communications, which proposes that an area larger ...

8/30/2010 12:05 pm  Read More  


New Report: Wood Bioenergy Threatens Forests, People
Bonn, Germany - Global Justice Ecology Project, Global Forest Coalition and Biofuelwatch [1] released Wood-based Bioenergy: The Green Lie, [2] at the UN climate talks today in Bonn, Germany.  The report shows that increased support for the burning of wood to produce energy (bioenergy) is triggering increased logging and expansion of industrial tree plantations in the U.S., Ghana, the Congo, Brazil and West Papua.  U.S. plans for large-scale expansion of bioenergy and the U.S. Climate Bill promotion of biochar [3], combined with the recent USDA approval of a large-scale release of GE trees in the U.S. South, threaten to devastate forests ...

6/02/2010 11:25 am  Read More  


Groups Sue U.S. Gov't Over GMO Trees
For Immediate Release, July 1, 2010 Contacts:  Marc Fink, Center for Biological Diversity, (218) 525-3884 George Kimbrell, Int’l Center for Technology Assessment/Center for Food Safety, (571) 527-8618 Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project, (802) 578-0477 Lawsuit Filed to Halt Release of Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees Across the American South FORT PIERCE, Fla.— An alliance of conservation organizations today sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its approval of open-air field tests of ...

7/01/2010 1:49 pm  Read More  


GMO Trees Approved for U.S. South
Yesterday the USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service issued its decision to approve the mass-release of over a quarter of a million GE eucalyptus trees across seven states in the U.S. South (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina), despite overwhelming public opposition. "We are very disappointed but not surprised by the USDA's decision, which is likely to have severe social and environmental impacts," stated Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and Coordinator of the STOP GE Trees Campaign. "The USDA's final environmental assessment disregarded concerns raised by thousands of people in comments submitted opposing the ...

5/13/2010 11:28 am  Read More  


New Studies Expose Potential Risks of GMO Trees
  Washington, DC-- While the U.S. Supreme Court hears its first-ever case involving a genetically modified organism, alarms are sounding over the proposed planting of more than a quarter of a million genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees in the U.S., and transgenic trees are being globally condemned.   On April 27, the Supreme Court began to hear a case challenging a ban on the planting of a genetically engineered perennial alfalfa.  The ban was implemented due to concerns about escape and contamination, and the inability of U.S. regulators to protect the public. [1]   In April, Reuters released a report exposing the fact that U.S. ...

5/04/2010 12:25 pm  Read More  


EARTH DAY/Dia Del la Tierra Madre: Indigenous Peoples at Climate Summit Vow to Defend Mother Earth
(to view in Spanish please see our blog)PRESS RELEASE April 22, 2010 Contacts (en Bolivia): ENGLISH: Jihan Gearon, Indigenous Environmental Network: +591 740 28531 ESPANOL: Jeff Conant, Global Justice Ecology Project: +591 703 75254 In the USA/En Estados Unidos Clayton-Thomas Mueller +1 218 760 6632 EARTH DAY IN BOLIVIA: From Copenhagen to Cancun, Indigenous Peoples Vow to Defend the "Rights of Mother Earth" Condemn ...

4/22/2010 5:38 am  Read More  


Indigenous Peoples Join Bolivian President for Climate Conference
Cochabamba, Bolivia- Indigenous Peoples from across North America and their allies from around the world gathered at the invitation of Bolivian President Evo Morales in Cochabamba this morning for the kick-off of an historic conference on climate change and the "rights of Mother Earth." Morales called this conference in the wake of failed climate talks in Copenhagen last year. Over 15,000 delegates from 126 countries heard President Morales speak at the soccer stadium in the village of Tiquipaya today, and are meeting in working group sessions this week to develop ...

4/21/2010 11:22 am  Read More  


Alert--Cochabamba Climate Conference
Cochabamba, Bolivia--Social movements are converging in Bolivia to rally opposition to the push by the world's leading carbon emitters to promote unjust and false solutions to climate change such as carbon offsets, and to make a collective push for stricter binding carbon reductions, reparations for industrial-driven environmental destruction, and a human rights approach to climate policies.   From North America, the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance-Indigenous Environmental Network delegation is attending with the aim of amplifying the perspectives of frontline communities resisting the impacts of climate change. Global Justice Ecology Project is providing ...

4/19/2010 1:04 pm  Read More  


Media Advisory: Cochabamba Climate Conference Interviews
San Francisco, CA-People from around the world will attend the Peoples' Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia [1] next week as a follow up to the failed UN Climate Talks in Copenhagen, Denmark last December. Social movements will converge in Bolivia to rally opposition to the push by the world's leading carbon emitters to promote unjust and false solutions to climate change such as carbon offsets, and to make a collective push for stricter binding carbon reductions, reparations for industrial-driven environmental destruction, and ...

4/16/2010 12:02 pm  Read More  


Fiu Mata'ese Elisara to be the next Board Chair of Global Forest Coalition
Fiu is currently Executive Director of the Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) in Samoa, an environmental NGO with a strong focus on Indigenous Peoples' issues. He will replace Marta Zogbi (Argentina) who will soon step down after five years as Board member. He will be responsible for overseeing the coalition's global activities and its focus on rights-based forest policies in the global north and south.As an indigenous Samoan and a Pacific Islander, Fiu has lived in Samoa most of his life and has represented the Indigenous Peoples in many global conferences. He has also worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and for the Samoan government on environmental and Indigenous ...

4/13/2010 1:43 pm  Read More  


Join Us: Photo Exhibit and Event April 6th in San Francisco
Global Justice Ecology Project's Photo of the Month is from Orin Langelle's new exhibit, The Roadmap to Extinction: Are Humans Disappearing?  This exhibit will be shown for one night only on April 6th at an event in San Francisco in the Good Vibrations store/gallery on Polk Street.  Details of this event are below.   Please join us for an evening of art and politics at Good Vibrations  Global Justice Ecology Project Photo Reception and Fundraiser Mixer Where: Good Vibrations Polk Street Gallery, 1620 Polk St, San Francisco When: Tuesday, April 6th, 5:30-7:30 pm   Join us for a special social mixer and info night featuring an update on Global Justice Ecology ...

3/25/2010 12:35 pm  Read More  


Aviation Industry Plans Roadmap for Faster Forest Destruction
Global Forest Coalition, STOP GE Trees Campaign, Airport Watch, BiofuelwatchFor more information, contact:Janneke Romijn, Global Forest Coalition, at +31 6 82071382 or janneke.romijn@globalforestcoalition.orgAviation Industry Plans Roadmap for Faster Forest Destructionclick here for spanish and french translationsUse of Biofuels in Airplanes Will Lead to Faster Deforestation and Climate Change; Activists Urge the EU to End Subsidies for Biofuels to Avoid Disaster for Forest Dependent Communities and the EnvironmentAmsterdam, 17 March 2010 - A roadmap for introducing biofuel blends into commercial jet fuel, to be discussed today at the World Biofuels Conference in Amsterdam, will lead to faster deforestation and climate change ...

3/17/2010 12:08 pm  Read More  


Latin America Protest Singer Performs 3/21 in Burlington
Paul Baker Hernandez, the Carthusian hermit-turned-protest singer, performs his powerful songs at the Vermont Workers' Center on Sunday, March 21 at 6:30 pm.  The Workers' Center is located at 294 No. Winooski Avenue in Burlington, VT.This performance is part of the Workers' Center series of Road to Detroit events mobilizing for the U.S. Social Forum this June in Detroit.Paul Baker Hernandez was thrown out of the monastery 40 years ago for secretly building the guitar he still plays.  He has sung protest songs for 300,000 people (plus the Pope), led bishops on anti-nuclear forays into queens' castles, defied death squads ...

3/12/2010 11:12 am  Read More  


Good Vibrations Announces New Donation Partner
SAN FRANCISCO (March 1, 2010): Good Vibrations, the legendary San Francisco-based retailer www.goodvibes.com, kicks off Spring by partnering with the Global Justice Ecology Project as part of their corporate giving initiative, GiVe, and emphasizing the importance of greening one's sex life with sustainable sensual products.For over 30 years Good Vibrations has partnered with hundreds of local and national non-profit organizations.  By donating products, advertising and sponsorship for fundraisers, along with a percentage of retail sales, the company has provided much needed support for women's shelters, HIV/AIDS research, art programs, LGBT benefits, Breast Cancer awareness and much more. This Spring, Good ...

3/10/2010 11:40 am  Read More  


Invasive GE Eucalyptus Threatens Southern Forests & Water
Groups Force USDA to Re-release Draft Environmental Assessment on Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees for Southern U.S. Forests: Original Assessment Lacked Key U.S. Forest Service Hydrological StudiesThe U.S. Department of Agriculture re-released their draft environmental assessment [1] regarding a request by ArborGen, a subsidiary of timber giants International Paper and MeadWestvaco, to plant over a quarter of a million genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in so-called "test plots" across seven southern U.S. states. [2]"If these invasive GE eucalyptus are planted across the South on this large of a scale, it is highly likely that fertile seeds will escape into surrounding forests," said ...

2/11/2010 4:18 am  Read More  


Carbon Markets Violate Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Threaten Cultural Survival
Indigenous leader kidnapped and forced at gunpoint to surrender carbon rights for REDD in Papua New GuineaNew York, USA --- As carbon traders hawk permits to pollute at the Second Annual Carbon Trading Summit, Indigenous Peoples denounced that selling the sky not only corrupts the sacred but also destroys the climate, violates human rights and threatens cultural survival. "Carbon trading and carbon offsets are a crime against humanity and Creation," said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of Indigenous Environmental Network. "The sky is sacred. This carbon market insanity privatizes the air and sells it to climate criminals like Shell ...

1/13/2010 1:31 pm  Read More  


Press Release: Climate Impacted Voices in Copenhagen Promoted
Copenhagen, Denmark--Participants from Global Justice Ecology Project's New Voices on Climate Change initiative are in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Conference. As the first week comes to a close it is evident that the negotiations involve back room deals without real input from people suffering from the climate crisis.New Voices on Climate Change is designed to connect reporters and journalists with representatives of communities impacted by climate change, fossil fuels and false solutions to the climate crisis like carbon offsets.New Voices on Climate Change works with community representatives and Indigenous Peoples from all over the world. A major focus of ...

12/11/2009 3:59 am  Read More  


Indigenous Peoples Speak Out
Indigenous Voices Must Be Heard! WHEN: Thursday, 10 December 2009, 4:00 - 7:00 pm.WHERE: Klimaforum Blue Room (for directions go to www.klimaforum09.org). Take the COP15 bus to Klimaforum. Indigenous Peoples Speak Out! is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples to communicate their message to the COP15 audience.  For too many years these voices have been silenced in the UN Process.Indigenous Peoples from all over the world will share their experiences, stories, songs and prayers. Also, join us for free food at 6:00 pm.Organized By: Indigenous Environmental Networkwww.ienearth.orgGlobal Justice Ecology ProjectNew Voices on Climate Change Initiativewww.globaljusticeecology.orgGlobal Forest Coalitionwww.globalforestcoalition.org  ...

12/10/2009 9:42 am  Read More  


PR: Environmental and Indigenous groups denounce potential Copenhagen Forest Fraud
Copenhagen, 8 December 2009 -  A proposed program to reduce CO2 emissions by conserving forests risks destroying the world's natural forests, marginalizing Indigenous Peoples and undermining the global climate regime.  Under the deal, called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), organizations and countries can receive money to protect a forest.  However, according to a new report by the Global Forest Coalition "REDD Realities"[1], which will be launched at a side event in Copenhagen today, the national legislation in the countries concerned is too weak to ensure these financial flows will actually ...

12/08/2009 6:20 am  Read More  


Mobilization for Climate Justice: Media Advisory
Mobilization for Climate Justice Media Advisory For immediate release November 23, 2009 Contacts: Kim Marks, Mobilization ...

11/24/2009 12:04 pm  Read More  


Biochar 'carbon sequestration' company charged with fraudulent "ponzi" scheme targeting elderly
Press release by Biofuelwatch and Global Justice Ecology Project:For immediate release23rd November 2009Environmental campaigners warn that a lawsuit over fraud against a company claiming to be the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of biochar presents a stark warning of the dangers of the scramble for funding for unproven climate change techno-fixes.In the same week that the Obama administration announced a  new task force for investigating financial fraud,, Mantria Industries were taken to court by the Securities and Exchange Commission which accuses the company of running a 'Ponzi scheme' involving fraudulent investment deals targeted at ...

11/23/2009 4:35 pm  Read More  


New Voices Climate Change Tour Launched
Anna Pinto speaks at the University of Vermont on the beginning of the Global Justice Ecology Project's New Voices on Climate Change.  Ms. Pinto is the Executive Director of CORE (Center for Organizing, Research and Education) in India. She is traveling throughout the northeast U.S. and speaking on climate change, gender justice and Indigenous rights. Her tour will finish at the G20 meetings in Pittsburgh New Voices Climate Change Tour Launched.The tour will travel from New England, to the G20 in Pittsburgh, September 24-25, and then to Appalachia, the midwest, southeast, Quebec ...

9/15/2009 2:25 pm  Read More  


On the Road to Copenhagen: New Voices on Climate Change Must be Heard
For Immediate Release            29 July 2009Berkeley, CA--When the United Nations meets in Copenhagen, Denmark this December to hash out a new climate protocol, whose voices will they listen to?  In the past, the UN has been successful at shutting out the voices of those who are most impacted by the climate. This needs to change.As Fiu Mata'ese Elisara-Laula of the O Le Siosiomaga Society of Samoa, pointed out during the 2007 UN Climate Convention in Bali, Indonesia, "This [international climate negotiation] process has become nothing but developed countries ...

7/30/2009 12:36 pm  Read More  


Public Overwhelmingly Rejects Genetically Engineered Trees
STOP GE Trees Campaign Researchers at Oregon State University are doing numerous experiments with genetically modified poplar trees. Hinesburg, VT (U.S.)--Nearly 17,500 public comments were sent to the US Department of Agriculture opposing their recommendation for approval of an ArborGen [1] proposal to plant over a quarter of a million genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees.  Only 39 favorable comments were received by the USDA. If allowed, the plantings would take place on 330 acres of land across seven states in the Southern U.S., to supposedly feed future cellulosic ethanol ...

8/14/2009 12:28 pm  Read More  


U.N. Urgent! End Deforestation, Conserve World's Forests
Photo: People prepare banner at morning protest to greet negotiators as they enter UN Climate Talks in Bonn, Germany.  Photo:  Langelle/GJEP-GFCFor Immediate Release                                                       8 June 2009Countdown for Survival: Global groups make an urgent call to end deforestation and conserve the world's forests during UN Climate TalksBonn, Germany - A coalition of youth, environmental groups, NGOs, Indigenous Peoples organizations and women's groups delivered a plea to negotiators asking them to ensure a strong climate deal and warning them that they will put our survival at risk if they do not act immediately to halt deforestation and the industrial logging of the ...

6/10/2009 1:34 pm  Read More  


Belgium protested by Indigenous Peoples in New York
A Joint Release from Global Forest Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project and the STOP GE Trees CampaignFor Immediate Release                                          22 May 2009 Belgium Permanent Mission Protested by Attendees of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous IssuesProtesters Insist Genetically Engineered Poplar Trees Planted by Belgium be RemovedNew York, New York--Today on International Biodiversity Day, Indigenous Peoples Organizations along with several Non-Governmental Organizations held a protest against genetically engineered trees in front of the Belgian Permanent Mission. During the protest, a letter [1] was delivered to Belgian Ambassador, ...

5/22/2009 7:36 am  Read More  


Biotech Trees in Belgium Condemned
Photo: Flemish Minister for Science and Innovation, Patricia Ceysens, plants genetically engineered poplar in Belgium.- ENGLISH / ESPAÑOL -For Immediate Release                                                         8 May 2009Joint Release from Global Forest Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project and the STOP GE Trees CampaignField Trial of Dangerous Genetically Engineered Trees Begins in BelgiumGE Poplars Risk Contaminating European Forests with Climate-Destructive TraitsAmsterdam, The Netherlands--Organizations internationally are condemning the planting of a highly controversial field trial of GE poplar trees on 6 May by The Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB).  The poplars, planted in the Belgian countryside, have been genetically engineered for altered lignin content specifically for ...

5/11/2009 1:08 pm  Read More  



For Immediate Release - January 15, 2009United States--A diverse alliance of organizations published an open letter [1] today in the U.S. and internationally warning of the dangers of industrially produced biofuels (called agrofuels by critics). The letter explains why large-scale industrial production of transport fuels and other energy from plants such as corn, sugar cane, oilseeds, trees, grasses, or so-called agricultural and woodland waste threatens forests, biodiversity, food sovereignty, community-based land rights and will worsen climate change. With the new Obama Administration slated to take office Tuesday, the letter's originators warn that if Obama's "New Green Economy" runs on agrofuels ...

4/21/2009 8:51 am  Read More  


Climate Justice Now! Network: Radical New Agenda Urgently Needed
MEDIA RELEASE Friday 12 December 2008Poznan, Poland - Members of the Climate Justice Now! Network -representing over 160 organisations fighting for climate justice -issued today (Friday 12 December) a joint statement calling for a radical change in direction to put climate justice and people's rights at the centre of the UNFCCC negotiations.The statement asserts that: "Solutions to the climate crisis will not come from industrialised countries and big business. Effective and enduring solutions will come from those who have protected the environment - Indigenous Peoples, women, peasant and family farmers, fisherfolk, forest dependent communities, youth and marginalised and affected communities ...

12/19/2008 2:59 pm  Read More  


Carbon Karma: The Perfect Last Minute Gift
Polar bear issues warning at end of march during the European Social Forum in Malmo, Sweden, September 2008.  Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFCTired of Cheap, Toxic Junk from China?Then try Carbon Karma: The Perfect Last Minute Holiday GiftBy Sandy Klaus Hinesburg, Vermont--Let's face it, if you run an earth-destroying corporation, your Carbon Karma is bad.  What you deserve is a lump of fossil fuel in your Christmas stocking.  But if you're like the rest of us, you can instantly improve your Carbon Karma, as well as that of your family and friends, by giving the gift of a donation to an organization ...

12/19/2008 3:32 am  Read More  


New Voices on Climate Change Initiative Launched at UN Climate Change Meeting
Poznan, Poland - As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is underway, Global Justice Ecology Project is launching New Voices on Climate Change, a new initiative, the goal of which is to broaden the climate debate by amplifying the voices of peoples around the world who are already being impacted by climate change.  This is an effort to bring in people that have historically been mostly excluded from climate discussions: especially Indigenous Peoples, women, and non-corporate interests.New Voices participant, Hubertus Samangun, of ICTI - Ikatan Cendekiawan Tanimbar Indonesia, states: "As an Indigenous person, I know that the ...

12/02/2008 3:48 am  Read More  


GJEP Media Bites - Autumn 2008
Global Justice Ecology Project made the news!  Check out these links to articles about GJEP published this fall.  GJEP's Agrofuels specialist, Dr. Rachel Smolker published an article in Development (2008) 51, 519-526. doi:10.1057/dev.2008.67The New Bioeconomy and the Future of Agriculture, also posted on African Institute of Strategy website with link to Palgrave publications where full text is available."Will Jatropha Invade Mozambique? Via Campesina Confronts the Global Agrofuel Industrial Complex" In this article, GJEP's call for immediate moratorium on US incentives for agrofuel production discussed:• InfoShop News on 29 October, 2008• Biofuelwatch list• All Africa News on Oct. 30, 2008A Call ...

1/14/2009 3:04 pm  Read More  


RADICAL NEW AGENDA NEEDED TO ACHIEVE CLIMATE JUSTICE
Poznan statement from the Climate Justice Now! alliancePhoto: Langelle/GJEP-GFCThe Poznan statement was released today at a press conference during during the UN climate meeting in Poznan, Poland.  Press conference participants were Alicia Munoz Toledo, Anamuri, Via Campesina, Chile; Ana Filippini, World Rainforest Movement, Gender CC, Uruguay and Ben Powless, Indigenous Environmental Network.  Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project, Global Forest Coalition, moderated the panel and made opening and closing statements.  (Note: Ana, Ben and Anne are in the GJEP New Voices on Climate Change initiative.) The Poznan statement:12 December 2008Members of Climate Justice Now! - a worldwide alliance of more ...

4/21/2009 8:57 am  Read More  


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND NGOs OUTRAGED AT THE REMOVAL OF RIGHTS FROM UNFCCC DECISION ON REDD
Protest Manifests as Indigenous Rights are opposed by U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand at UN Climate Conference.  Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFCPoznan, Poland-- 9 December 2008 We, the undersigned representatives of indigenous peoples, local communities and non-governmental organizations monitoring the progress of negotiations in Poznan are outraged that the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand opposed the inclusion of recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in a decision on REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) drafted today by government delegates at the UN Climate Conference.These four countries (often known as the 'CANZUS Group') want to include ...

12/19/2008 3:32 am  Read More  


Hinesburg Residents to Explore Sustainability and the Local Foods Movement
For Immediate Release                    December 2,  2008         Hinesburg, VT--An evening of discussing and eating local food will begin with a film called "Sustainable Table: What's on Your Plate?" at the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg on Thursday, December 4th at 7pm.  Following the film, local foods expert Bill Schubart will lead a discussion and help attendees take a closer look into what people in the town of Hinesburg eat and what the future of food could look like in Vermont.  Apples and cheeses from the Hinesburg area to taste and pair will culminate the evening.         The chair of Hinesburg's "Buy Local and Specialty Farming Task Force," ...

12/04/2008 1:02 pm  Read More  


UN Climate Deal Could Pay for Forest Destruction
For Immediate Release - Friday 5 December -Joint release: Global Forest Coalition, The Wilderness Society and Global Justice Ecology ProjectUN Climate Deal Could Pay for Forest DestructionCarbon Karma Fortune-telling Action Foretells REDD ProfitsPoznan, Poland--Global Forest Coalition, The Wilderness Society, Global Justice Ecology Project and concerned youth highlighted the risks associated with the implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in a "REDD fortune-telling" action today at the UN Climate conference here.  In its current form, they argue, REDD could derail the Climate Convention and undermine a post-2012 Climate agreement.In a parody of what calculations of carbon base ...

12/05/2008 1:43 pm  Read More  


International Commission Finds Colombian Government Allegations of Indigenous and Popular Mobilization Terrorism False
Photo: Langelle GJEP/GFCMarcial Arias, a member of Global Forest Coalition and a leader of the Kuna indigenous people in Panama was a member of the visiting commission made up of indigenous community leaders from Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Panama.For Immediate Release from Global Forest Coalition - 6 November 2008 - ENGLISH/ESPANOL International Commission Finds Colombian Government Allegations of Indigenous and Popular Mobilization Terrorism FalseCalí, Colombia – On Monday, 3 November, the International Commission of Guarantors (La Comisión Internacional de Garantes) released a report exposing the Colombian government's accusations of terrorism against the indigenous and ...

11/25/2008 3:06 am  Read More  


Forest Groups Welcome EC's Rejection of Forest Carbon Credits in ETS
Global Forest Coalition Press Release                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- 17 October 2008 -  FOREST GROUPS WELCOME EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S REJECTION OF FOREST CARBON CREDITS IN ETS Asunción, Paraguay--The Global Forest Coalition, a worldwide coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples' Organisations, welcomes the recommendation of the European Commission to exclude forest carbon credits from the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) until at least after 2020. The Commission points out that monitoring, reporting, verification and liability questions should be resolved first. According to the Commission, "Inclusion of forestry credits in the EU ETS should only be considered after a thorough review of the experience ...

10/22/2008 4:22 am  Read More  


Financial Crisis: Market-based Conservation Criticized
Global Forest Coalition's managing coordinator, Simone Lovera (center), describes GFC's new report, Life as Commerce: the Impact of Market-based Conservation, at a press conference today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  Dr. Andrei Laletin (left), Friends of Siberian Forests and Global Forest Coalition and Victor Benitez Isfran (right), Director of Alter Vida Paraguay and coordinator of Pojoaju, the Paraguayan federation of NGO networks also spoke at the press conference.Photo:  Langelle/GJEP-GFCAs the international financial and food crisis worsens, Global Forest Coalition critiques the unreliability of Market-based Conservation Mechanisms with launch ...

10/09/2008 12:19 pm  Read More  


Global Forest Coalition critiques unreliability of Market-based Conservation Mechanisms
Media Advisory/Press Briefing- 7 October 2008 - Global Forest Coalition critiques unreliability of Market-based Conservation MechanismsBarcelona, Spain--As the international financial crisis grows and markets become more unstable, Global Forest Coalition will be involved in several events highlighting the unreliability of market-based mechanisms as a possible source of funding for biodiversity conservation this week at the IUCN World Congress. Market-based mechanisms are often seen as solutions to the lack of funding for public conservation, but they are false solutions.The Global Forest Coalition is comprised of a large number of Indigenous Peoples Organizations and NGOs from six continents. At the World Conservation ...

10/06/2008 1:48 pm  Read More  


Paraguayan Student Activist Speaks at UVM
Photo: Eviction of Villagers due to Soya Expansion in ParaguayFor Immediate Release - September 30, 2008 - Student Activist from Paraguay to Speak with Youth at the University of Vermont on Resistance Against Ecological and Social Exploitation in the Global SouthBurlington, VT--Leticia Galeano, an active member of Movimiento Agrario y Popular of Paraguay will speak at UVM about her community's organized resistance to exploitation by soy agribusiness. The event will be held this Friday, ...

11/25/2008 3:10 am  Read More  


Groups call for Action on 21 September: International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations
For Immediate Release  ENGLISH / ESPAÑOL - 18 September 2008 - Joint Release from World Rainforest Movement, Friends of the Earth International and Global Forest Coalition  NOTA:  Este comunicado está disponible en español más abajo  Groups call for Action on 21 September: International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations  Large-scale monoculture tree plantations cause serious environmental, social and economic impacts on local communities.  These impacts have been amply documented around the world, and include the depletion of water sources due to changes in the hydrological cycle; deterioration of rivers and streams; air and water pollution due to ...

9/23/2008 5:02 am  Read More  


Global Gathering of Activists in Copenhagen Calls for Action Against Business As Usual at 2009 UN Climate Conference
For Immediate Release - 16 September 2008 - ENGLISH / ESPAÑOL Joint Press Release from Global Forest Coalition and Global Justice Ecology Project   NOTA:  Este comunicado está disponible en español más abajo  Global Gathering of Activists in Copenhagen Calls for Action Against Business As Usual at 2009 UN Climate Conference- Copenhagen, Denmark -- early 100 activists from 21 countries gathered in Copenhagen over the weekend to begin to lay plans for a massive global mobilization against climate change that will focus on the UN Climate ...

9/19/2008 2:02 pm  Read More  


Biotech Industry Designs Nightmare Biofuels Vancouver conference to promote genetically engineered trees for fuel
For immediate release - September 10, 2008 - Biotech Industry Designs Nightmare BiofuelsVancouver conference to promote genetically engineered trees for fuel - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Today in Vancouver, major biotech corporations are meeting at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) conference to chart the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops and trees, as well as synthetic biology and nanotechnology, for fuel. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and STOP GE Trees Campaign are here with Greenpeace and the Society for a GE Free BC to oppose these “nightmare biofuels”. [1]Attending the conference, CBAN Coordinator and member of the North American ...

9/17/2008 3:39 am  Read More  


One Leap Backwards for Biodiversity, One Giant Step Forward for Industry Biodiversity loses at UN convention on biodiversity
In the July-August 2008 edition of Z Magazine: One Leap Backwards for Biodiversity, One Giant Step Forward for Industry Biodiversity loses at UN convention on biodiversity By Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle; photos by Langelle [Note: IPOs stand for Indigenous Peoples Organizations] The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) emerged, along with its cousin the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), out of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Its mission is ostensibly to recommend solutions to the escalating biodiversity crisis, which is manifesting in the extinctions of hundreds of species every day and which threatens the existence of ...

9/17/2008 3:20 am  Read More  


G8 BANKS ON MASSIVE GLOBAL CLIMATE POLLUTION
MEDIA ADVISORY - Friends of the Earth International - July 8, 2008 - G8 BANKS ON MASSIVE GLOBAL CLIMATE POLLUTION- HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, July 8, 2008 -- *Reacting to the statement released today by the G8 in Hokkaido, Friends of the Earth spokesperson Karen Orenstein said:"G8 leaders today signaled their support for climate chaos by spewing futile rhetoric that will do nothing to stop the toll that global warming is taking on people and the planet.By giving support to the World Bank, the world's largest multilateral fossil fuel financier and major deforester, for its ill-conceived and unjust climate funds, G8 leaders ...

9/17/2008 3:18 am  Read More  


Gallagher's Support of Second Generation Biofuels will Still Compete with Food and will Destroy the World's Forests [Review on Biofuels Criticised]
For Immediate Release - 7 July 2008 - Gallagher's Support of Second Generation Biofuels will Still Compete with Food and will Destroy the World's Forests  [Review on Biofuels Criticised] - The Global Forest Coalition, a worldwide coalition of environmental NGOs and Indigenous Peoples' Organizations, welcomes the conclusion by the RenewableFuels Agency's Gallagher review that the introduction of biofuels should be significantly slowed until adequate controls to address displacement effects are implemented and are demonstrated to be effective. However, GFC issues a strong warning and caution regarding the Gallagher review's argument that sustainability criteria and second generation biofuels can help solve ...

9/17/2008 3:16 am  Read More  


An Ill-fated Day for the Environment: False Solutions to Food Crisis
For immediate release - World Environment Day, 5 June 2008 - An Ill-fated Day for the Environment: False Solutions to Food Crisis will Escalate Starvation, Accelerate Climate Change and Devastate Biodiversity - Rome, Italy -- The Global Forest Coalition, a worldwide coalition of environmental NGOs and Indigenous Peoples' Organizations, has called World Environment Day 2008 a black day for the environment, now that it appears the FAO Summit on World Food Security will fail to agree on an immediate halt to all forms of support for agrofuels. Instead, countries like the U.S. seem eager to exploit the current human tragedy ...

9/17/2008 3:09 am  Read More  


Activists Symbolically Cut Trees to Save Forests and Call for GE Trees Ban
For immediate release - 27 May 2008 - Activists Symbolically Cut Trees to Save Forests and Call for GE Trees Ban - Bonn, Germany - A large number of activists today stopped and cut Genetically Engineered frankentrees that attempted to invade a tree planting ceremony outside of the meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). "We came here to this event because this tree planting ceremony is representative of corporate green-washing initiatives pretending to protect biodiversity," said Peter Gerhardt of the German based group Robin Wood.  "The tree planting ceremony is symbolic of what industry is pushing--non-native, often ...

9/17/2008 2:33 pm  Read More  


Governments Prioritize Forest Exploitation, Many Governments Fail to Comply with CBD Mandate
For Immediate Release - Tuesday, 20 May 2008 - Governments Prioritize Forest Exploitation, Many Governments Fail to Comply with CBD Mandate - Bonn, Germany -- Global Forest Coalition [1] released a major report, "Forests and the Biodiversity Convention," [2] at the Convention on Biological Diversity today.  This report contains the summaries and research undertaken in 22 countries [3] by independent country monitors [4] to examine whether or not Parties are implementing the decisions made through the CBD Programme of Work (POW) of Forest Biological Diversity [5]. The civil society groups from the 22 countries who elaborated the reports presented at ...

9/17/2008 2:30 pm  Read More  


Groups and Scientists Call for Halt to Releases of Genetically Engineered Trees
For Immediate Release - 15 May 2008 - Groups and Scientists Call for Halt to Releases of Genetically Engineered Trees - Bonn, Germany -- Organizations and scientists [1] from around the world spoke today about their opposition to genetically engineered trees which will be negotiated at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's Ninth Conference of the Parties (CBD COP-9) beginning next week in Bonn.  They are demanding that governments at the UN agree to accept the proposal to suspend all releases of genetically engineered (GE) trees into the environment, due to their extreme ecological and social threats.Camila Moreno, a researcher ...

9/17/2008 2:25 pm  Read More  


Civil Society at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity: Ten Urgent Matters for life and livelihoods on earth
For immediate release - 13 May 2008 - Civil Society at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity: Ten Urgent Matters for life and livelihoods on earth May 12 - 30, 2008, Bonn, Germany The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Alliance has launched a media advisory highlighting ten of civil society's most pressing concerns to be discussed at the upcoming Convention on Biological Diversity. Almost all of  the world's governments will gather in Bonn, Germany to debate, negotiate, and hopefully take decisive action for life - both human and non-human - on earth.The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the ...

9/17/2008 2:23 pm  Read More  


UK Protests call for Biofuel Targets to be Scrapped
For immediate release - 16 April 2008 - joint press release by Biofuelwatch and Global Forest Coalition UK Protests call for Biofuel Targets to be Scrapped - London - There were demonstrations in London yesterday and groups across the UK also protested against the introduction of mandatory biofuel blending.  Outside Downing Street speakers from Friends of the Earth, Global Forest Coalition, GM Freeze, Campaign against Climate Change and Biofuelwatch condemned the government's decision to go ahead with it's biofuel policy against overwhelming evidence of catastrophic impacts on climate, communities, biodiversity and food security. Other protests were held outside the constituency ...

9/17/2008 2:15 pm  Read More  


Groups Condemn Biofuels as "False Solution" During Brazil's President Lula Tour of the Netherlands and Czech Republic
For Immediate Release - 11 April 2008 - Groups Condemn Biofuels as "False Solution" During Brazil's President Lula Tour of the Netherlands and Czech Republic (Joint Release from Global Forest Coalition and Corporate Europe Observatory)  - The Netherlands --Criticism is mounting denouncing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's visit this week to the Netherlands and the Czech Republic on a tour focused on promoting ethanol and other biofuels. The Brazilian president is visiting The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam and will meet with Dutch Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.Although Brazilian presidential spokesman Marcelo Baumbach said that Lula ...

9/17/2008 2:11 pm  Read More  


Vermonters March Toward a Better World--Saturday, 1/26 (Part of a Global Day of Action)
For Immediate Release - 24 January, 2008 - Vermonters March Toward a Better World--Saturday, 1/26 (Part of a Global Day of Action) - Burlington, VT -- Workers, health care advocates, environmental activists, global warming groups and social justice advocates will join together this Saturday for a march through the streets of Burlington, as well as informational events under the theme of "Many Struggles, One Movement."  These events are part of a global day of action under the banner of "Another World Is Possible"—the rallying cry of the World Social Forum (1).The day begins at 9am with the "Building a Movement ...

9/17/2008 3:43 am  Read More  


MY TURN: Business tops climate for Douglas
Global Justice Ecology Project's Biofuels Specialist, Rachel Smolker's op-ed piece challenging Douglas's climate change proposals ran in the Burlington Free Press.  http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071231/OPINION/712310320/1006  MY TURN: Business tops climate for Douglas  By Rachel Smolker - December 31, 2007 - Jim Douglas is clearly more interested in doing business than addressing climate change. Last session, he vetoed a forward-looking bill that would have created green jobs and significantly reduced Vermont's emissions. Instead he proposes the same false solutions to global warming that are being pursued at the international level: creating carbon markets and biofuels. Carbon trade: Trading in carbon credits, enshrined within the ...

9/17/2008 2:04 pm  Read More  


Groups Protest World Bank, Say Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Threatens Forests and Indigenous Peoples
For Immediate Release - 11 December, 2007 - Groups Protest World Bank Say Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Threatens Forests and Indigenous Peoples - Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia ˜ A very diverse group of non-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples organizations and social movements staged a protest today outside of a press conference where World Bank President and former US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick announced the launch of the World Bank‚s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility."This Facility is merely the World Bank up to their old tricks," stated Anne Petermann, Co-Director of Global Justice Ecology Project.  ...

9/17/2008 3:42 am  Read More  


WORLD BANK HANDS OFF FORESTS
For Immediate Release - December 10, 2007 - Friends of the Earth International World Rainforest Movement Global Forest Coalition GJEP is the North American Focal Point of the Global Forest Coalition - WORLD BANK HANDS OFF FORESTS BALI (INDONESIA), Dec. 10, 2007  Environmental groups at the United Nations climate talks in Bali today urged governments to reject a new World Bank initiative promoting the inclusion of forests in carbon markets.The World Bank initiative, known as the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is set to be launched on Tuesday 11th December in Bali as part ...

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Indigenous Peoples Protest UNFCCC
For Immediate Release - 7 December 2007 - Indigenous Peoples Protest UNFCCC - Indigenous Peoples shut out of Climate Change Negotiations - Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia- Indigenous peoples representing regions from around the world protested outside the climate negotiations today wearing symbolic gags that read UNFCCC, the acronym of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, symbolizing their systematic exclusion from the UN meeting.Yesterday a delegation of indigenous peoples was forcibly barred from entering the meeting between UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and civil society representatives, despite the fact that the indigenous delegation was ...

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Forest Stewardship Council at a crossroad: Veracel timber certification would be yet another disaster for FSC
For Immediate Release - September 17, 2007 - Forest Stewardship Council at a crossroad: Veracel timber certification would be yet another disaster for FSC - The wood-pulp producing company Veracel has applied for FSC certification of its tree plantations in the Brazilian state of Bahia and the evaluation  process is being carried out by the international certification firm SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance). Veracel, a joint venture between Swedish-Finnish Stora Enso and Norwegian-Brazilian Aracruz Cellulose exports almost all the pulp produced in Brazil to overseas markets, where it is converted into paper.A large number of Brazilian and international organizations are ...

9/17/2008 3:40 am  Read More  


GLOBAL WARMING WILL RELEASE THE BLOB!
For Immediate Release - July 25, 2007 - GLOBAL WARMING WILL RELEASE THE BLOB! - ARCTIC CIRCLE--There is a terrible new threat being posed by Global Warming. This time it comes in the form of a monster from outer space known only as  The Blob.  Exactly 50 years ago in July 1957 this formless terror crashed to  Earth in a meteor in the rural town of Downington, Pennsylvania.   In the span of only a few hours The Blob killed and devoured more than 50 people, growing from the size of a softball to larger than a school bus.  There is ...

9/17/2008 1:48 pm  Read More  


Government Experts at UN Body Expresses Strong Concern About Biofuel Impacts on Biodiversity
For Immediate Release - 6 July 2007 - Government Experts at UN Body Expresses Strong Concern About Biofuel Impacts on Biodiversity - Paris, France--An overwhelming majority of governments, including Norway, Sweden, Germany and Indonesia expressed serious concerns about the risks of large-scale production of biofuels to forests, ecosystems, indigenous peoples and local communities at a meeting of a UN scientific advisory body on biodiversity in Paris this week [1]. Several governments called for a precautionary approach to biofuels.A large number of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples Organizations from around the world present at this meeting also expressed their concerns ...

9/17/2008 1:47 pm  Read More  


Large Alliance of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples Calls for Ban on Genetically
For Immediate Release- 4 July 2007 - Large Alliance of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples Calls for Ban on Genetically Modified Trees for Biofuels - Paris, France--Over 50 Indigenous Peoples Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations involved in meetings surrounding the Convention on Biological  Diversity, presented an open letter today recommending a ban on Genetically Modified trees on the basis of their potential impacts on forest biological diversity.  They expressed their concern that the current biofuels boom and the rush for so-called second generation biofuels will lead to dangerous experiments with these trees. The document was presented to delegates attending the Subsidiary Body ...

9/17/2008 1:46 pm  Read More  


Groups Ask U.S. Health and Environmental Agencies to Investigate Potential Link Between Pathogenic Fungus and Introduced Genetically Engineered Eucaly
For Immediate Release - June 14, 2007 - Groups Ask U.S. Health and Environmental Agencies to Investigate Potential Link Between Pathogenic Fungus and Introduced Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees - Scientists and environmental groups sent a letter yesterday to federal agencies requesting an investigation concerning the public health and environmental risks of a pathogenic fungal organism Cryptococcus gattii. associated with certain Eucalyptus tree species. They are asking the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services, Agriculture, Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency to determine if the hazardous pathogen is present in genetically engineered (GE) Eucalyptus trees being ...

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USDA Must Reject Permit for Engineered Eucalyptus Trees, Campaign Demands
For Immediate Release- 5 June, 2007 - USDA Must Reject Permit for Engineered Eucalyptus Trees, Campaign Demands - The STOP GE Trees Campaign is demanding the USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reject a request by ArborGen to allow a field trial of genetically engineered eucalyptus to flower and produce seeds.  The Campaign wants to ensure APHIS destroys the Baldwin County, Alabama field trial before it produces seeds to prevent escape of the GE eucalyptus."This would be a precedent-setting decision.  It is the next step toward permitting full-scale plantations of non-native genetically engineered eucalyptus plantations," stated Eva Hernandez of ...

9/17/2008 1:44 pm  Read More  


National Effort Launched to Stop Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Plantations in US Southeast
For Immediate Release  - May 10, 2007 - National Effort Launched to Stop Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Plantations in US Southeast - As the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) wraps up its annual convention in Boston, the STOP GE Trees Campaign and member groups from around the U.S., including Dogwood Alliance, WildLaw, Southern Forests Network, Sierra Club and Global Justice Ecology Project are uniting to stop the plans of GE tree giant ArborGen to release genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in the southeast U.S.ArborGen, which was a co-sponsor of the BIO convention, is ...

9/17/2008 1:43 pm  Read More  


Environmental groups condemn IPCC call for large scale biofuels as a climate disaster in the making
For immediate release - 4th May 2007 - Joint press release by Global Forest Coalition, Biofuelwatch, Global Justice Ecology Project, Grupo de Reflexion Rural (Argentina), Rettet den Regenwald e.V., Econexus, Munlochy Vigil, and Noah (Friends of the Earth Denmark), Corporate Europe Observatory, and Gaia Foundation- Environmental groups condemn IPCC call for large scale biofuels as a climate disaster in the makingThe IPCC Assessment Report Four has made a compelling case on what global warming means to the planet this century.  It is the IPCC's strongest warning yet that drastic cuts in carbon emissions are vital if we are to avoid ...

9/17/2008 1:31 pm  Read More  


Activists in Vermont Arrested in Anti-War Protest
For Immediate Release - March 21, 2007 - Activists in Vermont Arrested in Anti-War Protest- Six Vermonters with Operation Occupation including two former Marines were arrested Wednesday evening at the Vermont office of Vermont Congressman Peter Welch after Welch refused to answer activists demands to know if he would vote against the bill that would authorize another 100 billion dollars for the war in Iraq.Welch ran on an anti-war platform and nearly 40 of his Vermont constituents came to his office to demand that he be accountable to them and vote against the new ...

9/17/2008 1:26 pm  Read More  


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