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GJEP is Hiring--Executive Assistant wanted for our Buffalo, NY office
Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) Executive Assistant Search GJEP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and the environment   Executive Assistant Job Description • The Executive Assistant will work directly with GJEP’s Executive Director  • 30 hours per week to start with potential to move to full time • Benefits after three-month trial period include paid vacation and health insurance Requirements:  • Experience with non-profits essential • Must have attention to detail, be dependable, cooperative, and have excellent communication and organizing skills • Must have experience with the MS Office Suite, including Word and Excel; as well as QuickBooks.  Knowledge of ...

10/14/2013 6:30 am  Read More  


UN Climate Conference: The Durban Disaster--GJEP Article in Z Magazine
Photo Caption: GJEP organized a sit-in outside of the official UN plenary in protest of what came to be known as "The Durban Disaster"--a series of decisions in Durban that delayed action on climate change until 2020.  Photo: Ben Powless, IEN. By Anne Petermann and Orin LangelleFebruary 2012This year’s UN Climate Conference of the Parties (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa, nicknamed “The Durban Disaster,” took the dismal track record of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to new lows. At one point, it appeared that the talks might actually collapse, but a small cabal of 20-30 countries held exclusive ...

2/29/2012 1:44 pm  Read More  


Order A Darker Shade of Green: DVD on REDD
As policies and programs to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and to enhance forest carbon stocks (REDD+) are promoted around the world by global and national elites, Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities are raising the alarm that these programs will have serious negative impacts -- and will not reduce the cascading threats of the climate crisis. This critical 28-minute documentary, introducing concerns about REDD from the perspective of the people who are most impacted, is available from Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition.To request a copy of the DVD, A Darker Shade of Green, which ...

12/06/2012 12:14 pm  Read More  


Just Released: No REDD Papers, Volume 1
To see the article about the new No REDD Papers Booklet, click here   Caption: No REDD protest against the World Bank during the UN Climate Conference in Bali, Indonesia, 2007.  Photo: Petermann/GJEP-GFC ...

11/19/2011 9:30 am  Read More  


Rights of Nature Strategy Meeting
On July 29-July 30, 2011, 21 climate justice activists convened in San Francisco for the Rights of Nature Activist Strategy Summit. Global Exchange convened this strategy summit to bring together environmental and climate justice leaders to deepen our mutual understanding of this emerging framework and explore how it might be applied to transform and enhance our current work at the local, national and international levels all along the CJ movement.  GJEP Executive Director Anne Petermann participated in the strategy meeting and presented on possible ways to use the “Rights of Mother Earth” as a tool for advancing justice and opposing false ...

8/12/2011 3:49 am  Read More  


Biological Diversity: A Common Heritage
Source: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) As human biology is in no way determined by the political boundaries of nation states, tags of nationality cannot be attached to plants or animals or the genetic diversity that man has been conserving over generations. Developing nations should realise that a system of royalties for use of genetic resources through multinational arrangements would only heighten the mistrust and chaos. Despite being associated with geopolitical entities historically, genetic resources should be treated as a common heritage in the best interests of humanity. Click here to read the full article. ...

4/12/2011 12:16 pm  Read More  


Impacts of the Surge in Global Land Grabs
Photo Caption: Activists protest plans by Hydro-Quebec to construct massive hydro-electric dams on the territories of Innu and other First Nations communities in northern Quebec.  The protest was disrupting a cruise that marked the closing of the 36th Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canada Premiers.  Photo: Will Bennington   Below is a report back from an April conference in England on Land Grabbing.  All of the conference papers and coverage, photos, videos and blogs can be found here: When others are grabbing their landEvidence is piling up against acquisitions of farmland in poor countriesMay 5th 2011 | source: The EconomistTHE farmers ...

5/06/2011 2:15 pm  Read More  


Chiapas: REDD Alert--Urgent Action Needed
To sign alert, send name, organization (if any), country and email to: contact@globaljusticeecology.org and please read the full action alert below. Medical Services in Amador Hernández, Chiapas Withdrawn in Advance of REDD+ Photo: Concerned father holding his son in Amador Hernández, Chiapas, Mexico. Earlier that day (March 24, 2011) the boy had had convulsions; by the next day, several others from the community had experienced the same thing. Drinking water from the community supply was suspected.  Since last year, Amador Hernández has been denied medical supplies, and emergency transport of the gravely ill has been suspended by the Mexican government.  Photo: ...

4/05/2011 11:23 am  Read More  


Behind the Curtains of the California-Chiapas Climate Agreement
California's Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32, mandates targeted Greenhouse Gas reductions statewide; an important component of AB32 is its controversial reliance on market mechanisms, such as Cap and Trade, which will allow California companies to buy offset credits from participating domestic and foreign agencies. To this end, in November, 2010, Governor Schwarzenneger signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the states of Chiapas, Mexico and Acre, Brazil for the world's first subnational Cap and Trade agreement that uses the newly forming mechanism known as REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The U.N. defines REDD as "a mechanism to create ...

4/05/2011 3:50 am  Read More  


Declaration of Patihuitz: Divided We Become Allies of the Government
Photo caption: Women from Amador Hernández preparing traditional medicines. If their community is forced to relocate, they fear that much of their traditional knowledge and their way of life will be lost. For the people of this region of the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas, the defense of biodiversity is a daily practice, expressed in their traditional medicine and their way of life.  Photo: Langelle/GJEPen Español: Mujeres de Amador Hernández preparando sus medicinas tradicionales. Si su comunidad esta desplazado forzosamente, temen le perdida de mucho de sus conocimientos tradicionales y de su forma de vivir. Para los pueblos de esta región ...

4/04/2011 6:36 am  Read More  


About Climate Connections Program
"The sphere of rock on which we live coalesced from the dust of ancient stars. And between its dynamic surface and the vacuum of space, in a film as thin and vibrant as a spider''s web, lies the fragile miracle we call the biosphere. Within this realm, every organism is linked, however tenuously, to every other.  Microbe, plant, and mammal, soil dweller and ocean swimmer, all are caught up in the cycling of energy and nutrients from the sun, water, air and earth."Global Justice Ecology Project''s ...

3/23/2010 8:50 am  Read More  


Potential Impacts of Tree Plantation Projects under the CDM - An African Case Study
In December 2009, Timberwatch released a preliminary report by Blessing Karumbidza & Wally Menne titled: Potential Impacts of Tree Plantation Projects under the CDM - An African Case Study   Click here to download the report After visits to the site of the proposed Idete CDM tree plantation project in southern Tanzania in 2010, and gathering additional information from other sources, the author's findings have been documented in this comprehensive 90-page report, which includes numerous photographs. CDM Carbon Sink Tree Plantations - A case study in Tanzania   by Blessing Karumbidza and Wally Menne, with a section by the ENVIROCARE NGO (Dar es Salaam)    Click here to download                                                    ...

3/21/2011 5:15 am  Read More  


UN Year of Forests stumbles in first week
Following our press release "2011 Year of Forests: Real Solutions to Deforestation Demanded" which we put out on the 2nd of February in response to the UN's declaration of 2011 as the International Year of Forests, the following article was published on Yahoo News: UN Year of Forests stumbles in first week Bill Gunyon, OneWorld UK – Mon Feb 7, 7:24 am ET Feb 7 (OneWorld.net) - Last Wednesday's UN launch of the International Year of Forests has been tempered by disagreement over global plans for their protection. The flames of criticism have been fanned by reports ...

3/03/2011 1:52 pm  Read More  


Norwegians afraid of pests in Canadian wood chips
Cross-posted from Nordic Family Forestry Samples of imported hardwood wood chips from North America show signs of insects, which according to The Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute could do great damage in the Norwegian woods. Wood chip samples were taken from the first boatload of wood chips from Canada, which arrived in BioWood Norway AS pellet plant at Averøya in April 2010. The samples were sent for further analyses. Analyses also revealed accidental mixing of softwood wood chips, which increases the risk of introducing pine nematode. Authorities are concerned about the new findings. ...

2/28/2011 1:03 pm  Read More  


Release: UN forest scheme risks the climate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6 December, 2010   UN forest scheme risks the climate New publication exposes links between REDD and carbon trading, International Financial Institutions, extractive industries, GMO trees and biotech   “No REDD – A Reader is a must read for all who seek to know the truth about this mercantilist tool. It is also highly recommended for those who believe that policies to fight the current climate chaos must see the people and Mother Earth and not merely see trees as commodities for cash and carbon speculation,”    - Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International and   Executive Director ...

12/05/2010 5:29 am  Read More  


DVD: Lacandona: The Zapatistas and Rainforest of Chiapas Mexico
Global Justice Ecology Project has re-released onto DVD the 1998 film "Lacandona: The Zapatistas and Rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico." The film describes the efforts by the Indigenous-led Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) to protect their rainforest homeland from logging, oil exploitation and other abuses.  This film has become increasingly relevant because of programs like REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) that are targeting forests on Indigenous lands for use as offsets, or other profit-oriented so-called "climate mitigation" schemes. The interviews and footage for the film were shot in 1996 in Zapatista-held rebel territory in Chiapas, Mexico during the ...

12/24/2010 4:26 am  Read More  


GJEP Comments re: California-Chiapas REDD Deal
Public Comment to California Air Resources Board Considering the Adoption of a Proposed California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Mechanisms Regulation, Including Compliance Offset Protocols Comments Written and Presented by Jeff Conant, GJEP Media Coordinator on December 16th, 2010Good morning, and thank you, Madam Chair and Members of the Board, for the opportunity to share testimony here today.California has always been a leader in environmental policy and environmental action, and is set to be a leader in climate legislation as well.  But leadership in this field will not happen through offset-based emissions reductions. My comments today are in ...

12/18/2010 11:40 am  Read More  


GJEP and Youth Groups Take Action at UN Climate Talks in Cancun
Groups Protest U.N. Climate Summit for Shutting Out Civil Society Cross-posted from Democracy Now!As the Cancún climate talks headed toward a conclusion on Friday, civil society groups spoke out against what they said was a flawed United Nations process. As the talks wrapped up inside the conference rooms of Cancún’s luxurious Moon Palace resort, civil society groups protested the process—and found themselves increasingly iced out. John Hamiton files a report from Cancún. To view Democracy Now's coverage of the protests, click here Photo Caption: Youth joined Global Justice Ecology Project in occupying the Moon Palace--site of the UN Climate Negotiations to protest the ...

12/15/2010 12:31 pm  Read More  


Advisory: La Via Campesina Demands an End to Carbon Markets
(Versión en español abajo) Media Advisory: 5 December, 2010   Press Conference: La Via Campesina Demands an End to Carbon Markets; REDD will cause Displacement, Eviction and Contamination   When: Monday, 6 December, 18 hrs (6:00 pm) Where: Conference Room 2 (Luna), Moon Palace, Cancún, México Who: Olegario Carrillo Meza, National Executive Coordinator, UNORCA Josie Riffaud Member of the International Coordinating Committee, La Vía Campesina Jihan Gearon, Native Energy Campaigner, Indigenous Environmental Network, Navajo Nation, USA Mari Rose Taruc, State Organizing Director, Asia Pacific Environmental Network, USA Luis Enrique Gomes de Maura, Member of the MST of Brazil   Leaders of la Via Campesina and representatives of Indigenous organizations and frontline ...

3/22/2011 2:22 pm  Read More  


Climate Justice Now! will discuss its top priority issues at COP-16
Español debajo    Date and Time: Monday, November 29, 10am   Location: Moon Palace Press Conference Room 2   These issues include:   · System Change Not Climate Change (World Bank, Carbon Markets and Financing) · Yes to the Cochabamba Peoples' Agreement (Rights of Mother Earth; No to the Copenhagen Accord) · No to REDD & LULUCF (no Forests in the Carbon Market; no Forests for Offsets) · Grassroots Solutions Must be Included   Speakers will include:   · Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network  (North America) · Lidy Nacpil, Regional Coordinator for the Asian Pacific Movement for Debt and Development, and Jubilee South (The Philippines) · Silvia Ribeiro, ETC Group (Mexico)   Moderator: Ricardo Navarro, Friends of ...

3/22/2011 2:18 pm  Read More  


Local First Nations and environmental campaigners "furious" at oil company's entry into first Tar Sands extraction project
For interviews: Clayton Thomas-Muller, Indigenous Environmental Network (in Cancun) on +52 998 108 0748 or monsterredlight@gmail.com Jess Worth, UK Tar Sands Network (in UK) on +44 7946645726 or tarsandsuk@gmail.com Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (in Canada) on 780-903-6598 Embattled oil company BP is under fire once again for giving the green light to "Sunrise" - its first extraction project in the controversial Canadian Tar Sands [1]. The project, which is estimated to contain 3 billion barrels of oil, was put on hold several times due to financial doubts and public concern, but was given the go-ahead ...

3/22/2011 2:20 pm  Read More  


Press Release: Mass Protests Expose COP-16 Failure
For Immediate Release 7 December 2010 Media Contacts: IEN media hotline: +52 998 108 0748 Jeff Conant, Global Justice Ecology Project: +52 998 165 7349 (English & Español) Jen Soriano, Grassroots Global Justice US 415-572-7154, jen@ggjalliance.org Email: iencop16media@gmail.comeienCop16media@gmail.com ienCop16media@gmail.com For more photos and video (coming soon), see: http://pitch.pe/107956 Protests Inside and Outside COP-16 Climate Summit Expose the Corrupt COP Process, Uphold Cochabamba People's Agreement as Path towards Real Solutions Indigenous Environmental Network and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance march with thousands in Cancun ...

3/22/2011 2:24 pm  Read More  


Press release: Tom Goldtooth statement on expulsion from COP-16
Statement By Tom Goldtooth, Leader of the Indigenous Environmental Network Delegation to UNFCCC COP-16 Negotiations "The Voices of those Who Speak for Mother Earth Must Not Be Silenced" Dec 9, 2010 Media Contacts: (interviews available in Spanish & English) IEN media hotline: +52 998 108 0748 Email: ienCop16media@gmail.com I have come to the UNFCCC COP-16 climate talks in Cancun, Mexico as a member of Grassroots Solutions for Climate Justice -- North America a delegation of Indigenous Peoples and representatives from fossil fuel impacted communities who are on the frontlines of addressing ...

3/22/2011 2:26 pm  Read More  


Climate Justice Now! Addresses the Status of the Failing Negotiations
Climate Justice Now! Media Advisory            9 December 2010CJN! Press Conference:                    Addressing the Status of the Failing Negotiations                      And the Silencing of Youth, Indigenous Peoples,                     Social Movements, NGOs, Delegates and Press Friday, 10 December, 16:30 (4:30 pm), Luna Room, Expo Azteca, Moon Palace Members of Climate Justice Now!, representing constituencies across the globe, will speak to the media about the status of the failing climate negotiations on key issues including REDD, market-based mechanisms and climate financing.Participants will also address the worsening trend in restrictions on participation facing not only NGOs ...

3/22/2011 2:28 pm  Read More  


DIA ALERT: 4:30pm Press Conference Addresses Failing Talks & Dramatic Protest
CJN! Press Conference:              TODAY A Dozen Climate Justice Activists Ejected from Moon Palace After Staging Civil Disobedience Protest of UNFCCC Censorship    Friday, 10 December, 16:30 (4:30 pm), Luna Room, Expo Azteca, Moon Palace Issue Experts and Climate Justice Advocates Will Address the Status of the Failing Negotiations And the Silencing of Youth, Indigenous Peoples, Social Movements, NGOs, Delegates and Press      *** PROTEST PICTURES available at www.climatevoices.wordpress.com           ALSO: Members of Climate Justice Now!, representing constituencies ...

3/22/2011 2:29 pm  Read More  


December 7 Day of Action: Social Movements Bring Hope as COP-16 Falters
From Grassroots Global Justice Alliance MEDIA ADVISORY December 6, 2010 December 7 Day of Action: Social Movements Bring Hope as COP-16 Falters   30 Events Across the U.S. and Canada to Build Alternative Solutions to the Climate Crisis, part of the 1000 Cancuns Global Day of Action for Climate Justice   Contact: Jen Soriano, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, 415-572-7154, jen@ggjalliance.org WHAT: On December 7, with the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Cancun faltering, grassroots organizations across the world will be taking the future of the planet into their own hands. 30 coordinated events will take place in the U.S. ...

3/22/2011 2:23 pm  Read More  


PRESS RELEASE: Indigenous Groups Announce Grave Concern on Possible Cancun Outcome
Press Release - For Immediate Release International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC)   Indigenous Groups Announce Grave Concern on Possible Cancun Outcome   December 10, 2010 (Cancun) - As the 16th UN Climate Change Conference winds down, Indigenous Peoples in attendance from around the world announced their grave concern with the possible outcomes of the negotiations.   "As Indigenous Peoples, we have been engaging in the climate negotiations for many years to express our great concern over the current and future impacts of changes in the climate on our peoples, our cultures and our rights. We are continuously saddened ...

3/22/2011 2:30 pm  Read More  


Press Release: Indigenous Environmental Network Denounces the Cancun Betrayal
For Immediate Release: Dec 11, 2010 Media Contacts: IEN media hotline in Cancun: +52 998 108 0748 (available through Dec 11) Tom Goldtooth in Cancun +52 998 108 0751 (available through Dec 11) Tom Goldtooth (after Dec 12) +1 218-760-0442 Email: ienCop16media@gmail.com ***VIDEO INTERVIEWS AND PHOTOS @ http://pitch.pe/109054 Statement by the Indigenous Environmental Network Cancún Betrayal: UNFCCC Unmasked as WTO of the Sky Real Solutions to the Climate Crisis Will Come From Grassroots Movements Cancún, Mexico -- As representatives of Indigenous peoples and communities already suffering the immediate impacts of climate ...

3/22/2011 2:32 pm  Read More  


I Believe: 'Change the system, not the climate'
Cross-posted from the Burlington Free Press As the polar ice caps melt at an increasingly alarming rate, and rising sea levels threaten billions of people living along the planet’s coastlines, the world’s attention is focused on the upcoming U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen. Many people are asking whether stopping catastrophic climate change is possible. I believe it is. I believe this because I am part of the growing international climate-justice movement. This global movement is tackling climate change in three important ways. It is unifying diverse groups, communities and peoples around the ...

3/18/2011 1:22 pm  Read More  


Indigenous Groups and NGOs Launch No REDD Reader
Tuesday Actions Also to be Announced CANCUN, MEXICO-Indigenous Peoples and grassroots and environmental groups warn that the UN forest protection scheme being negotiated at COP16 is severely problematic. The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) will undermine climate mitigation policies and exacerbate environmental and social problems. "We already know that offset schemes like REDD won't protect forests or the rights of Indigenous peoples," said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. "If we are going to save the climate, we need to focus on real solutions that assure that forests ...

12/03/2010 4:54 am  Read More  


Biofuels, Bioenergy and Biochar: False Solutions Cause Land Grabs
From ETC Group, Biofuelwatch, EcoNexus, African Biodiversity Network MEDIA ADVISORY PRESS CONFERENCE Biofuels, Bioenergy and Biochar: False Solutions Cause Land Grabs Friday Dec 3rd, 11 a.m.  Room LUNA, Moon Palace Policies supporting the use of "biomass" - wood, agriculture residues, waste, manure and more as "green" substitutes for petroleum are supported by big agribusiness, forestry and biotechnology industries. They  envision a "bioeconomy" where massive refineries use risky "synthetic biology" to convert biomass into biofuels, bioenergy, bioplastics, chemicals and bioproducts. Others propose using charcoal (aka biochar) to "sequester carbon" in soils. These trends create massive new demands for land and ...

12/02/2010 4:24 am  Read More  


North America Climate Justice grassroots events on December 7
From: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance December 7 Day of Action: Grassroots Communities in North America Show That There are Alternative Solutions to Climate Change! More than 25 coordinated grassroots events planned across the U.S. and Canada, part of 1000 Cancuns Global Day of Action for Climate Justice WHAT: On December 7, with the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Cancun approaching an end, grassroots organizations across the world will be taking the future of the planet into their own hands. More than 25 coordinated events will take place in the U.S. and Canada as part of La Vía Campesina's call for 1000 Cancuns for climate ...

12/02/2010 4:08 am  Read More  


Canadian First Nations Representatives Deploy Giant Human Banner Demanding End to Tar Sands Development
espanol debajo PHOTO ESSAY COMING SOON! “Tar Sands are Killing Our Communities!” PHOTO & VIDEO: http://pitch.pe/106329 Cancun, Mexico, Dec 2, 2010 — Indigenous Peoples of Canada and their allies from around the world are in Cancun at the COP-16 climate summit demanding real action to reduce fossil fuel pollution. Over twenty people with color-coded T-shirts that spelled out the words “Shut Down the Tar Sands” in both English and Spanish gathered in front of the Maya building to directly deliver their message to UNFCCC delegates. Participants included Indigenous community representatives from fossil fuel impacted community across Canada ...

12/02/2010 4:01 am  Read More  


WASTE PICKER SOLUTIONS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION
The Global Delegation of Waste pickers will be present in Cancun (November, 2010) The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers and Allies will attend the Conference of the Parties (COP16) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change with a delegation of representatives from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and India to demonstrate that millions of waste pickers around the world, supported by international organizations with representation in dozens of countries, stand united and committed  to their struggle against climate change and false waste management solutions. Who we are. The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers and Allies brings waste pickers from ...

12/01/2010 12:39 pm  Read More  


Forest Policy Fails to Address the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Degradation
From Global Forest Coalition:   For Immediate Release                                                                                 Global Forest Coalition 1 December, 2010   Forest Policy Fails to Address the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Degradation Excessive Demand for Wood and Land is the Major Cause of Deforestation, a New Global Forest Coalition Report Reveals   Cancun, Mexico, 1 December 2010 – A report released by the Global Forest Coalition today at the UN Climate Talks in Cancun, Mexico reveals that measures to address deforestation, like REDD (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) are likely to fail because they do not address the underlying causes of forest loss, such as excessive global demand ...

12/01/2010 2:39 pm  Read More  


Press Conference Today: FALSE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE Nuclear, Coal, Geoengineering and CDM Fund
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 ...

11/30/2010 6:53 am  Read More  


Global Forest Coalition Press Conference
From Global Forest Coalition Español debajo MEDIA ADVISORY: November 30, 2010 PRESS CONFERENCE: Global Forest Coalition Report Reveals that Excessive Demand for Wood is the Major Cause of Deforestation What: Press conference by the Global Forest Coalition about the underlying causes of forest loss and the motivations for forest protection When: Wednesday, 1 December 2010, 12:00 – 12:30 Where: Room 2 (Luna), Moon Palace Aztec Expo Centre, Cancun Who: Simone Lovera, Executive Director, and other members of Global Forest Coalition The Global Forest Coalition will launch a report about the underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation, and the real incentives for successful forest conservation and ...

11/30/2010 6:29 am  Read More  


La Via Campesina: "COP 16 is doomed to failure"
Source: La Via Campesina We will unmask the Mexican governement: Gómez (Ciudad de México, November 28th) “The sixth Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16) is already seen as a failure that will affect the future of humanity, as its only result will be to strenghthen the intention of TNCs to divert money away from the climate crisis” stated Alberto Gomez from La Via Campesina international coordination. “During the last moments of discussion, the proposals of the People’s Agreement signed in Cochabamba have been left aside. The trend is to ...

11/30/2010 4:50 am  Read More  


Climate Justice Now! Demands Social Justice at COP16
Source: Climate Justice Now! Espanol debajo CANCUN, MEXICO– Members of Climate Justice Now!, a global network of more than 140 movements and organizations committed to the fight for social, ecological and gender justice, spoke out this morning at the start of the 2010 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) with their demands for the negotiations. Climate Justice Now! (CJN!) seeks: “System change, not climate change,” a shift from business as usual in climate change mitigation. “Yes” to the Cochabamba Peoples’ Agreement, which includes a revocation of the Copenhagen Accord and consideration for the rights of Mother Earth. “No” to ...

11/30/2010 2:22 pm  Read More  


Indigenous rights website created for COP-16 coverage
espanol debajo MEDIA ADVISORY WHO: Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), in collaboration with Global Justice Ecology Project, Abya Yala Nexus and Earth Cycles WHAT: COP16 website, with multimedia content and multiple blogs WHERE: RedRoadCancun.com WHEN: Monday, Nov 29 to Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. Daily video/audio shows air noon to 1pm CST, Monday through Friday, and will be rebroadcast at 5pm. The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), in collaboration with Global Justice Ecology Project, Abya Yala Nexus and Earth Cycles, will be producing a website to cover the COP 16 summit in Cancun. The website will include press releases, contact lists, ...

11/29/2010 2:40 pm  Read More  


Indigenous Environmental Network: Where is the text from the Cochabamba People's Accord?
From Indigenous Environmental Network Espanol Debajo Statement of Concern from the Indigenous Environmental Network What Happened to the Text from the Cochabamba’s People’s Accord? Media Contacts: IEN media hotline: +52 998 108 0748 Email: ienCop16media@gmail.com As indigenous peoples, we are extremely concerned that the principles agreed upon in the Cochabamba People’s Agreement have been unilaterally removed from the negotiating document that was released on November 24th. Equally alarming is the misrepresentation of the Copenhagen Accord as a legitimate path forward, despite its widespread denouncement by civil society and its tepid reception last December in Denmark, when the United Nations merely “took ...

11/29/2010 2:36 pm  Read More  


Forest project threatens Indonesian tribes
Cross-posted from ABC News By Jennifer Macey Indigenous people in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo are worried about an Australian-backed project to protect local forests. Kalimantan is part of Indonesia which is one of the world’s largest carbon emitters because of logging, forest fires and the drying out of peat swamps. During his recent trip to the country, US president Barack Obama promised $700 million for climate change and forest conservation projects. Australia has committed $120 million towards two forest projects, but indigenous people in Kalimantan fear the project will deny them access ...

11/17/2010 1:49 pm  Read More  


Carbon Trading: Capitalism of the Air
Conflicts with Indigenous Knowledge Trading of Hot Air – Privatization of the Sky “The modalities and procedures for activities under the Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) do not respect and guarantee our right to lands, territories, and self-determination. CDM and Sinks projects do not contribute to climate change mitigation and sustainable development” – Paragraph, Tiohtiá:ke Declaration, Indigenous Declaration, UNFCCC, COP11/MOP1, Montreal, Canada 2005 The adoption of mechanisms that allow for carbon pollution trading in the Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol has turned the potential threat of climate change into an opportunity for profit. ...

10/08/2010 12:45 pm  Read More  


Civil Society to UN Advisory Group on Climate Finance: You Are 'On the Wrong Track'
As the UN Secretary General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) works to complete a review of sources of climate funding by the end of October, climate justice groups are voicing increasing concern over the focus of the AGF and the process through which its report is being developed. Ilana Solomon, Policy Analyst for ActionAid USA, said, "Constituencies advocating for climate justice fear the Advisory Group's report will be framed in the context of the Copenhagen Accord. This is inappropriate, particularly as the Accord, which has not been adopted by the Conference of Parties, is extremely ...

10/07/2010 12:55 pm  Read More  


Letter to Advance Climate Justice at COP16
The fourteenth session of the AWG-KP and the twelfth session of the AWG-LCA are taking place this week in Tianjin, China.   During the last Climate Talks in Bonn in August some concrete proposals were brought to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in order to advance the negotiations to cut the greenhouse gas emissions in a new and positive way. The main demands of the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (Cochabamba, April 2010) have been incorporated in the negotiation text of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term ...

10/06/2010 3:56 am  Read More  


Purdue gets $1.6M for biofuel sustainability work
Unfortunately, at the current rate of U.S. consumption there is no such thing as sustainably produced fuel.  In particular, this research is focusing on both invasive grasses, such as miscanthus, as well as so-called “hybrid” poplars, which are ultimately likely to be genetically engineered low-lignin poplars, as they will be easier to turn into fuel.  The vast amount of land that would need to be converted into fuel-producing plantations would exacerbate the food and biodiversity crises.  In addition, the contamination of wild forests containing native poplar trees would be virtually assured if these GE poplars were commerically planted, with impacts ...

9/18/2010 4:58 am  Read More  


Social Forum of the Americas rejects market-based mechanisms and REDD
We received this information from Simone Lovera from the Global Forest Coalition. Global Justice Ecology Project is the North American Focal Point for GFC.  The following is extremely relevant, not only the work of GJEP, but to our allies and colleagues nationally and internationally. –GJEP team __________________________________________ Social Movements Assembly Declaration The IV Americas Social Forum Asuncion, August 15, 2010 Our America is coming! Nane Amérika TeeOnemongu’ Ehína! Social movements present at the IV Americas Social Forum, in Asuncion, Paraguay, we reaffirm our solidarity and commitment to Paraguayan people to the urgent need for progress in their process to sovereignty recovery over its territory, ...

8/27/2010 10:14 am  Read More  


California Law Breathes New Life Into REDD
By Lee Barken   The winds of change are blowing across the climate change policy landscape. With legislation stalled in the U.S. Senate, attention now shifts to state and regional initiatives. In California, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, better known as AB32, establishes a statewide mandate for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, including participation in a regional cap-and-trade system. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is the state agency responsible for implementing AB32, and its been busy readying the emissions trading framework set to take effect in 2012. On July 30, the ARB held a public workshop to discuss the role ...

8/19/2010 11:42 am  Read More  


Talk has not halted biodiversity loss - now it's time for action
Global Justice Ecology Project will be attending the Convention on Biological Diversity COP in Nagoya, Japan this October to help stop genetically engineered trees and wood-based agroenergy. ______________________________________________ Article below cross posted from the Guardian Help us compile a list of 100 tasks that G20 governments should undertake to prove their commitment to tackling the biodiversity crisis It’s on course to make the farcical climate talks in Copenhagen look like a roaring success. The big international meeting in October which is meant to protect the world’s biodiversity is destined to be an even greater failure than last year’s attempt to protect the world’s atmosphere. ...

8/16/2010 11:05 am  Read More  


Indonesia may let palm oil growers collect CO2 credits
Mon Aug 9, 2010 8:15am EDT   By Sunanda Creagh   JAKARTA Aug 9 (Reuters) - Indonesia may propose palm oil plantations be eligible to earn carbon credits under a U.N.-backed scheme aimed at preserving forests, a forestry ministry official said on Monday.   Such a move could potentially create a new line of revenue for the palm oil industry and listed firms like Wilmar and PT Astra Agro Lestari, but is likely to anger green groups who accuse planters of deforestation.   Indonesia was the first country to develop a national framework for a U.N-backed forest preservation scheme called reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD).   The scheme would ...

8/11/2010 12:10 pm  Read More  


The 2009 State of the Climate Report
Released by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as "The 2009 State of the Climate Report," the new report draws on the work of 303 scientists from 48 countries, including data from last year. (From Reuters) The 10 key planet-wide indicators of a warming climate identified by the report are: -- Higher temperatures over land -- Higher temperatures over oceans -- Higher ocean heat content -- Higher near-surface air temperatures (temperatures in the troposphere, where Earth's weather occurs) -- Higher humidity -- Higher sea surface temperatures -- Higher sea levels -- Less sea ice -- Less snow cover ...

8/09/2010 2:25 pm  Read More  


"Green" energy boom destroys tribes
August 9th Source: Survival International To mark the UN Day of Indigenous People, Survival has released a new report highlighting the devastating impact on tribal people of a massive boom in dam-building for hydropower. Drawing on examples from Asia, Africa and the Americas, Survival's report Serious Damage exposes the untold cost of obtaining 'green' electricity from large hydroelectric dams. A rapid increase in global dam-building is currently under way. The World Bank alone is pouring $11bn into 211 hydropower projects worldwide. The impact on tribal people is profound. One Amazonian tribe, the Enawene Nawe, has learnt that Brazilian authorities plan ...

8/11/2010 2:25 pm  Read More  


Sustaining Our Defense: Southern Forests, Carbon, and the Fight Against Global Climate Change
Check out this new report released today by Dogwood Alliance. The report details why Southern forests are a vital tool in the fight against climate change, implicates big paper companies and their customers like International Paper and KFC as climate criminals, and discusses why we need to change the way we think about paper so that we can sustain our defense against the climate crisis. To read the press release click here. The download the full report click here. ...

6/30/2010 2:44 pm  Read More  


Join us at the 2010 United States Social Forum
The US SOCIAL FORUM will take place June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. www.ussf2010.org The US Social Forum will provide a space to build relationships, learn from each other's experiences, and share analysis of the problems our communities face. It will help develop leadership, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world. Another World is Possible. Another US is Necessary! GJEP will be sponsoring two workshops:   Climate Connections: Building the Movement for Social Change Climate change must be addressed through diverse, holistic, and visionary alliances that address its root causes and transform society based on justice and ecology. June 24th, 10:00am – 12:00pm in Woodward ...

6/14/2010 3:31 am  Read More  


Manomet Study of Woody Biomass Energy Released
June 10, 2010 - For Immediate Release: Manomet Study of Woody Biomass Energy Released Plymouth, MA, June 10, 2010-The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences (Manomet) have released the results of a sixmonth study that began last December to answer some critical questions about using forest wood for energy in Massachusetts. The Manomet-led study, commissioned by DOER last fall, was conducted by an eight-member team of policy and science experts from several organizations. Some of the major questions addressed by the study include: (1) How much wood is available from forestland for biomass energy ...

6/11/2010 12:32 pm  Read More  


A Bad Bet on Carbon
May 12, 2010 By ROBERT BRYCE Washington              ON Wednesday, John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman introduced their long-awaited Senate energy bill, which includes incentives of $2 billion per year for carbon capture and sequestration, the technology that removes carbon dioxide from the smokestack at power plants and forces it into underground storage. This significant allocation would come on top of the $2.4 billion for carbon capture projects that appeared in last year's stimulus package. That's a lot of money for a technology whose adoption faces three potentially insurmountable hurdles: it greatly reduces the output of power plants; pipeline capacity to move the newly captured ...

5/14/2010 2:11 pm  Read More  


Global Justice Ecology Project Partners with KPFK Los Angeles' Sojourner Truth Show
Earth Minute Calls for Emergency Gulf Oil Spill Actions This Friday 5/14/10 Earth Minute May 11, 2010: (To listen to the Earth Minute, please visit our blog here!) On the heels of plans by Obama and the fossil fuels industry to expand oil drilling both offshore and in the arctic, comes the massive gulf oil spill--one of the worst ecological and social disasters of our time. We've seen the response by government and industry.  They mobilize their spin doctors and attorneys to maximize damage control in the wake of their failed attempts to control the actual damage of the oil ...

5/11/2010 12:59 pm  Read More  


Passamaquoddy Tribe Members Win Victory in Natural Gas Dispute
SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- A group of Passamaquoddy Tribe members in Maine today received notice of an important decision by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to cancel a long-term lease for the construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal on an area of Passamaquoddy land known as Split Rock. The decision represents a victory for both the group and the Passamaquoddy Tribe. On Friday, BIA cancelled the Passamaquoddy Tribe's fifty year lease with an Oklahoma-based company, Quoddy Bay LNG. BIA's decision comes in the wake of nearly five years of litigation and efforts by Nulankeyutmonen Nkihtaqmikon (NN), a ...

4/29/2010 11:19 am  Read More  


Global Sign-On Joint Statement on REDD
As affiliates of the Durban Group for Climate Justice, we request your solidarity in signing a new statement rejecting schemes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). This REDD Statement recognizes the need to support the growing number of voices opposing REDD and REDD-type projects and draws attention to the dangers of REDD, including land grabs and the inclusion of REDD in the carbon market. Please join us in signing onto this REDD Statement ahead of the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights ...

4/13/2010 11:54 am  Read More  


Brazen Posturing
It's not often that the people who run transnational corporations face their critics in person. Indeed, it's the job of a small army of press officers, PR agencies, lawyers and security guards to ensure that they don't have to. But every now and then, dissent invades their carefully created corporate comfort zone, and the results are always very interesting.On Thursday, I attended the Annual General Meeting of BP. Britain's biggest company is famous for practically inventing greenwash with its 'Beyond Petroleum' rebrand a decade ago, which did a pretty impressive job of distracting attention from the fact that 98% of ...

4/21/2010 2:30 pm  Read More  


Arctic Ocean Foreign Ministers told leave it in the ground
The Indigenous Environmental Network, the Council of Canadians, and the Alaska based REDOIL Network have issued an open letter (link below) calling for an international moratorium on all new exploration for fossil fuel resources in the Arctic region. The letter is directed at the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Norway, Denmark, Russia and the United States who will be present at the Arctic Summit in Chelsea, Quebec, March 29, 2010.The discovery of 90 billion barrels of oil and 1,670 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Arctic region has triggered a rush to secure access that includes petroleum companies such ...

3/31/2010 1:37 pm  Read More  


Armed security force of Fibria (Aracruz) kills local villager in Bahia
With this statement, we express our enormous outrage about the death of 24-years old Henrique Souza Pereira, who was killed on 16 March 2010. According to Fibria's press release  (Fibria is the former Aracruz Celulose and partner of Stora Enso in the Veracel Celulose company), a team of GARRA, the private 'security' company of Fibria, shot Henrique, alleging that he was stealing wood and 'acting aggressively'  when he was requested to leave an area with eucalyptus trees. But the father of Henrique, Osvaldo Pereira Bezerra declared in an interview with a ...

3/24/2010 3:51 am  Read More  


In Celebration of World Water Day: The Story of Bottled Water
The Story of Bottled Water, releasing March 22, 2010, employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the fast-paced, fact-filled story of manufactured demand-how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry's attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled ...

3/22/2010 3:11 am  Read More  


Chile Earthquake: Organizations Call for Solidarity
In 2004 Global Justice Ecology Project traveled to Chile for meetings with Mapuche organizations fighting the devastating impacts of industrial timber plantations.  The outcome of the meetings was the formation of a partnership between GJEP and the Mapuche group Konapewman.  In 2005 we returned to the region and toured the coastal areas mentioned in the communique below, which were threatened by effluent from a pulp mill. We completely support the request for support in this communique.  Please help if you can. Communique ...

3/04/2010 12:21 pm  Read More  


Chile Earthquake: Locations and centers for help and support
Mother Nature has announced herself with much force in this part of the planet.  What a pity for the victims, for all the suffering that falls mainly on many working people, for the difficulties that the villages and communities in Chile will have, but there is still a great deal of life and opportunities for which we are grateful.NASA says that the earthquake has ...

3/03/2010 3:06 am  Read More  


Save Brasiliens Xingu Indians from Destruction
Esteemed President Lula, We're writing you to express our indignation and urge you to immediately suspend the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam project on the Xingu River in the state of Para due to the tremendous social, environmental, and economic risks posed by this project to the Amazon Region. In July of 2009, you met with representatives of Brazilian civil society and leaders of indigenous communities from the Xingu River ...

3/01/2010 12:19 pm  Read More  


Climate Justice Now! Copenhagen Sign-on Statement
Climate Justice Now! Copenhagen Sign-on StatementStatement of Climate Justice Now! on the outcomes of the COP15Organisations are invited to endorse the statementSend an email to Nicola Bullard at n.bullard@focusweb.orgCall for "system change not climate change" unites global movementCorrupt Copenhagen 'accord' exposes gulf between peoples demands and elite interestsThe highly anticipated UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen ended with a fraudulent agreement, engineered by the United States and dropped into the conference at the last moment. The "agreement" was not adopted. Instead, it was "noted" in an absurd parliamentary invention designed to accommodate the United States and permit Ban Ki-moon to ...

12/26/2009 12:26 pm  Read More  


What Really Happened in Copenhagen - By Brian Tokar
What Really Happened in Copenhagen?or, "50,000 people went to Denmark and all they got was a lousy 3-pagepolitical agreement"-- Brian TokarDetailed accounts from participants in the recent Copenhagen climatesummit are still coming in, but a few things are already quite clear,even as countries step up the blame game in response to the summit'sdisappointing conclusion.First, the 2 1/2 pages of diplomatic blather that the participatingcountries ultimately consented to "take note" of are completely self-contradictory, and commit no one to any specific actions to addressthe global climate crisis. There isn't even a plan for moving UN-levelnegotiations forward. Friends of the Earth correctly ...

12/26/2009 12:26 pm  Read More  


Follow GJEP in Copenhagen!
Global Justice Ecology Project has a team working at the UN Climate Conference (COP-15) in Copenhagen.  We will be posting daily blog reports on our activities and progress, along with videos, photos and links to interviews.  You can find these on our Climate Connections Blog. Global Justice Ecology Project's New Voices on Climate Change initiative is working with our allies from around the world to promote their voices in the media.  For more ...

12/26/2009 12:25 pm  Read More  


NOVEMBER 30th - Global Day of Action for Climate Justice
Friends,This went out Sunday to several thousand people who signed up to participate in civil disobedience and protest for climate justice at BeyondTalk.net. A public call to action for Nov 30 will come out from Mobilization for Climate Justice and affiliated groups in the next days. NOVEMBER 30th - Global Day ...

12/26/2009 12:25 pm  Read More  


Eco-Activists Shut Down Barcelona Climate Talks
From IndyMedia Ireland Wednesday morning- Eco Activists block main entrance to the climate change conference for one hour   Wednesday morning- Eco Activists block main entrance to the climate change conference for one hour Barcelona, Spain--This morning (4 Nov) more than forty activists blocked the entrances to the main halls of the conference centre where the BARCELONA CLIMATE TALKS are taking place. Their action ...

11/04/2009 12:25 pm  Read More  


New Voices Northeast Tour #2
New Voices on Climate Change GJEP's New Voices on Climate Change Fall tour's next engagement with Indigenous Environmental Network's Jihan Gearon will be at Siena College and Brown University.  Her talks are Entitled "Indigenous Community Organizing for Energy and Climate Justice." November 2--Siena College, Loudonville, NY 7 p.m., Key Auditorium Co-sponsored by the Globalization Studies Program and others Free & open to the public Contact: Jean Stern <stern@siena.edu> November 3--Brown University, 135 Angell Street Providence, RI Urban Environmental Lab 12 noon part of the CES Brown Bag Lunch Series At a recent demonstration during the meeting of the G20 in Pittsburgh, Jihan testified, "The land of the Indigenous people in the arctic is literally melting under their feet, disrupting the life ...

11/02/2009 1:24 pm  Read More  


Activists Shut Down BusinessEurope Conference on Climate
Police use pepper spray against activists at BusinessEurope conference.  photo courtesy: Climate Alarm!OUR CLIMATE NOT YOUR BUSINESS!Please find photos of the action hereBrussels, Belgium--For over 1.5 hours, hundreds of corporate lobbyists wishing to attend the annual BusinessEurope conference were prevented from entering the Charlemagne building this morning.The Climate action group Climate Alarm!, consisting of activists from Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany, blocked the main entrance to the conference.Eight activists physically blocked revolving doors and shut side doors with chains. Another group attached loud alarms to balloons which then floated to the ceiling. The group then disrupted the lobby area ...

10/28/2009 11:32 am  Read More  


Climate Activists to Expose Carbon Trading Scam for "350" Global Day of Action
What: An online video report exploring 350 reasons why "carbon trading" will not work, as well as printed literature distributed at dozens of "350" events around the world. They will be available for  download at www.350reasons.org. The activities are part of the "350", an international day of climate action expected to be one of largest  days of global political action in history, with over 300 simultaneous events in more than 170 countries. (More information on the international day of action at www.350.org). When: October 24th, 2009. Who: ...

10/23/2009 11:25 am  Read More  


Also Finland Tells E-On to F-Off
In Finland concerned citizens took part in the E.ON-F.OFF action weekend by hanging a banner near the Helsinki offices of E.ON and Fennovoima. The banner stated a math equation of dirty energy: FENNOVOIMA = E.ON x (NUCLEAR + COAL) = CLIMATE CHAOS While E.ON is busy with coal power in rest of Europe, in Finland it wants to build a nuclear power plant. It is the largest single shareholder of Fennovoima energy company which advertises nuclear power as a solution to climate change. Most Finnish people are against new nuclear power plants, ...

10/22/2009 3:38 pm  Read More  


Climate justice movement to take mass action during UN climate talks
Press conference in Copenhagen Sunday 18th OctoberMedia team Climate Justice ActionCopenhagen, 16 October 2009Despite four activists from the UK being interrogated under terrorism legislation on their way to Copenhagen, the international network Climate Justice Action (CJA) (1) is meeting this weekend to prepare for mass actions during the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009.After 14 years of ineffectual talks, activists from social movements across the globe are taking the struggle for climate justice to the streets. Planned is a series of events ranging from a mass action to shutdown the harbour of Copenhagen to an action aimed at ...

10/16/2009 12:32 pm  Read More  


Brazilian social movements reject REDD's market mechanisms
We are socio-environmental organizations and movements, male and female workers in family and peasant agriculture, agroextractivists, members of Quilombola (descendants of runaway slaves) communities, women's organizations, urban grassroots organizations, fishermen and women, students, traditional peoples and communities, and native peoples sharing the struggle against deforestation and for environmental justice in the Amazon and in Brazil at large. We gathered at the seminar "Climate and Forest - REDD and market-based mechanisms as a solution for the Amazon?," held in Belem, state of Para, Brazil, on October 2-3, 2009, to analyze proposals for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) for the ...

10/14/2009 3:20 pm  Read More  


New Climate Deal Threatens Indigenous Peoples
Bangkok, 8 October 2009 - If parties agree on a new climate change deal in Copenhagen in December, indigenous peoples might be the main victims of it. Environmental and human rights groups call on policymakers to explicitly recognize indigenous peoples' rights when designing a new climate change agreement."Millions of people worldwide depend on forests for their survival", says Simone Lovera, managing coordinator of the Global Forest Coalition. "Putting a monetary value on forests might lead to land-grabs in areas where property rights are poorly defined and not well protected."Increased awareness that deforestation is a big contributor to global warming has ...

10/09/2009 3:55 pm  Read More  


Report Calls for the Rejection of REDD in Climate Treaty Indigenous Environmental Network calls for solutions that reduce emissions.
 INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORKPRESS STATEMENTFrom the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Bangkok Climate Change Talks 2009, Bangkok, ThailandFor immediate release: October 1, 2009Contacts: Tom Goldtooth, + 1 218 760 0442; Andrew Miller: 087 0460335;Report Calls for the Rejection of REDD in Climate TreatyIndigenous Environmental Network calls for solutions that reduce emissions, protect forests and respect rightsBangkok - Carbon markets should be eliminated from any future plans to tackle global warming, says a leading group of Indigenous Peoples present in Bangkok at the latest round of UN climate negotiations.In a report released today, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)predicts dire ...

10/02/2009 11:44 am  Read More  


March Protests G20 in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA--Thousands of protesters took to the streets 25 September 2009 as the G20 wrapped up their meetings here.  The march stopped three times to listen to speeches and music while thousands of police and combat trained national guard troops lined the sidewalks.  There were no arrests in one of the largest anti-globalization, pro-environment and worker marches since Miami, FL in 2003 when trade ministers met regarding the Free Trade Area of the Americas.photo:  Langelle/GJEP ...

9/25/2009 9:45 pm  Read More  


Protesters March Unpermitted, Police
Protesters in Pittsburgh took to the streets on Thursday September 24th in an unpermitted march at the same time that Airforce One was landing at the Pittsburgh airport.  Police responded to the march with pepper gas, LRADs (long range acoustic device) and rubber bullets.  60 people were reportedly arrested.  Today a large permitted march is scheduled to take place with participants representing a broad array of issues from climate justice to Freeing Tibet.  New Voices on Climate Change participant Jihan Gearon, of Indigenous Environmental Network is one of the featured speakers at the march.Photo courtesy: UK Guardian ...

9/25/2009 11:25 am  Read More  


Actions Across U.S. Against Corporate Climate Policy
Pittsburgh, PA--Activists unfurled a 30' banner today as International Coal Conference attendees departed for a tour of a carbon capture and sequestration test facility.  photo: Sue MasseyFROM THE MOBILIZATION FOR CLIMATE JUSTICEFor Immediate Release            22 September 2009Actions Spreading Across the U.S. Against Corporate-Driven Climate PolicyPittsburgh, PA--As groups protest the Pittsburgh International Coal Conference days before the G-20 arrives in the city, additional actions against U.S. climate policy and the fossil fuels industry took place on both the east ...

9/22/2009 6:07 pm  Read More  


U. S. CLIMATE POLICY SLAMMED BY MOBILIZATION FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE PROTEST SEPTEMBER 21
CLIMATE ACTIVISTS SAY CHEVRON AND OTHER CLIMATE POLLUTERS HAVE NO BUSINESS DICTATING CLIMATE POLICYSan Francisco, CA - A broad coalition of organizations from up and down the west coast arrived in force today to deliver a strong message to U.S. lawmakers and polluting corporations that are decimating our prospects of meaningful climate solutions.The protest rally started at at the San Francisco office of Senator Barbara Boxer (1700 Montgomery St., SF), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that will be presenting a Climate and Energy Bill currently in Congress by the end of the week."If Congress wants to ...

9/22/2009 11:40 am  Read More  


CLIMATE CHANGE: Earth's Fridge Defrosting, With Dire Results
photo: APArticle by Stephen LeahyGENEVA, Sep 2 (IPS) - The rapidly warming Arctic region is destabilising Earth's climate in ways science is just beginning to comprehend.The entire world is being affected, and without urgent action to cut emissions, a too-warm Arctic could trigger catastrophic, irreversible climate change, top scientists say in a report released Wednesday in Geneva."It is crucial to know the full consequences of the Arctic warming, and this is an unprecedented review of the latest science," said Martin Sommerkorn, an Arctic researcher and senior climate change advisor to World Wildlife Fund International."Simply put, if we do not keep ...

9/04/2009 6:22 am  Read More  


New Voices on Climate Change Fall 2009 Speaking Tour!
This fall Global Justice Ecology Project is teaming up with Global Exchange, Speak Out and the Mobilization for Climate Justice for a fall New Voices on Climate Change tour in the U.S. to enable our New Voices speakers to communicate directly with U.S. audiences about their experiences both with the impacts of climate change and with real, local solutions to the climate crisis.  These tours will allow us to not only inform audiences, but to mobilize people to join the U.S. movement for climate justice.   Each leg of the tour includes a media outreach strategy to link up our New ...

8/26/2009 5:18 am  Read More  


3 Rivers Climate Convergence to Oppose G20 and Coal Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  August 20 2009                         CONTACT: David Meieran, Tel: +1-412-216-9821                3 RIVERS CLIMATE CONVERGENCE TO OPPOSE G20 AND COAL CONFERENCELOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL GROUPS CONVERGE TO DEMONSTRATE CITIZEN SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE, ECONOMIC CRISES OPPOSE CLOSED DOOR MEETINGSA Climate Convergence to be held in Pittsburgh to coincide with the International Coal Conference (Sept. ...

8/25/2009 6:03 pm  Read More  


Climate Pledge of Resistance - Join the Movement!
Photo: Langelle/GJEPDear friends,Have you heard enough about climate change? Do you agree that its time for action?Are you ready to join thousands of others in risking arrest to protect people and ecosystems around the globe from the catastrophic impacts of climate chaos?If so, then we are asking you to take a stand.Join the Climate Pledge of Resistance (CPR for the Planet)And pledge to perform nonviolent civil disobedience and risk arrest in order to push politicians to make the right climate change choices.Together, we will create the largest movement for civil disobedience to stop climate ...

8/24/2009 1:44 pm  Read More  


Photo-of-The-Month: Which Way for G-20 Protests?
Photos: Protesters near Rostock, Germany blockade a road leading to a meeting of the G-8, the world's eight richest countries, in 2007 (left); While tear gas flies, police in Miami prepare to fire rubber bullets at peaceful demonstrators during a protest against the FTAA in 2003 (right).  Photos: Langelle/GJEP G-20 Protests in Pittsburgh: Will Demonstrators' Rights be Protected or Violently Attacked?Does the Obama Administration Believe in the First Amendment?Weeks before President Obama welcomes leaders of the world's 20 richest countries, his Secret Service (SS), is shutting down avenues for nonviolent dissent in the G-20's host city, Pittsburgh.Perhaps Obama has ...

8/21/2009 3:17 am  Read More  


MCJ LAUNCHED! 500 PROTEST CHEVRON AT RICHMOND REFINERY
Richmond, CA - Hundreds of Richmond community members joined climate change advocates, public health experts, local government and labor leaders today in a colorful march, protest and non-violent civil disobedience at Chevron's Richmond refinery. After a festival outside the Richmond BART station with music, dancers and speakers, and an hour-long march that wound through the city streets, a mass die-in and nonviolent civil disobedience took place at the refinery gates. Thirteen people were arrested.The actions outside Chevron were organized by a new coalition - The Mobilization for Climate Justice-West - whose goals are to get Chevron to "cap the crude" ...

8/17/2009 1:14 pm  Read More  


MST re-occupies Farm of Veracel (Stora-Enso and Aracruz Celulose)-Photo Courtesy/MST
The MST in the extreme South of Bahia, in the early morning of 9 August, re-occupied the farm called Putumuju/barrinha in the municipality of Eunapolis. This happened after loosing their member Jose Pacheco da Cruz, 72 years, victim of the traffic, run over on the highway BR-101 where the MST had to construct their tents after being expelled on 22 July from the aforementioned farm where Veracel Celulose plants eucalyptus. Veracel Celulose is the property of Aracruz and Stora Enso ...

8/14/2009 6:13 am  Read More  


Stop Chevron - Join the Mobilization for Climate Justice!
Our Alliance of Bay Area groups invite you and your organization to join us for a series of actions and events - starting with a Mass Mobilization at the Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond on August 15 and leading up to the UN Climate Talks in Copenhagen this December.There is a tremendous potential to create a well-organized, creative, and powerful movement - led by communities confronting the biggest corporate polluters, and keep these corporations from interfering with much needed climate solutions both at home and abroad.Stop Chevron - Join the Mobilization for Climate Justice!August 15th, 2009Richmond BART (16th St & ...

7/23/2009 2:06 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 1:37 pm  Read More  


New Book Out: Fightback!: Workplace Justice for Immigrants
Book by GJEP Board member Aziz Choudry plus Jill Hanley, Steve Jordan, Eric Shragge & Martha StiegmanDisplacement of people, migration, immigration and the demand for labour are connected to the fundamental restructuring of capitalism and to the reduction of working-class power through legislation to free the market from "state interference." The result is that a large number of immigrant and temporary foreign workers face relentless competition and little in the way of protection in the labour market. Globally and in Canada, immigrant workers are not passive in the face of these conditions: they survive and fight back. This book documents ...

6/05/2009 2:19 pm  Read More  


Dedicated Activist Wanted!
Job Description: Media/ Campaigns OrganizerGlobal Justice Ecology Project is offering the right individual an incredible opportunity to work as part of the global movement for climate justice, forest protection and indigenous rights in our Hinesburg, Vermont-based office.  Position is full-time and will include overall campaign work, communicating nationally and internationally to the public and the media, plus administration and fundraising tasks.The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, have strong people skills and be a self starter who can multi-task in sometimes hectic conditions.  Spanish competency highly desirable.  Some travel possible.  Occasional evenings and weekends.Salaried position pays $500/week plus health ...

5/28/2009 1:09 pm  Read More  


Peru army moves into Amazon after tribes blockade rivers and roads
Ecology and culture at stake say environmentalists, as government plans to exploit rainforest for oil, gas and timber * Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent     * guardian.co.uk, Monday 18 May 2009 12.54 BST     http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/may/18/peru-army-rainforest-blockadesHuge parts of Peru's rainforest is threatened by its government's deals with several multinationals. Photograph: Paul A Souders/CorbisPeru's army is poised to deploy in the Amazon rainforest to lift blockades across rivers and roads by indigenous people opposed to oil, gas, logging and mining projects.The government has authorised the military to move into remote provinces where a state of emergency has been declared in ...

5/18/2009 11:23 am  Read More  


Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change
View from the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska, where the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change was held.  Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFCThe Anchorage Declaration24 April 2009From 20-24 April, 2009, Indigenous representatives from the Arctic, North America, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, Africa, Caribbean and Russia met in Anchorage, Alaska for the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change. We thank the Ahtna and the Dena'ina Athabascan Peoples in whose lands we gathered.We express our solidarity as Indigenous Peoples living in areas that are the most vulnerable to the impacts and root causes of climate change. We reaffirm the unbreakable and sacred connection ...

5/04/2009 12:20 pm  Read More  


Climate Change: Indigenous Peoples Outraged
For Immediate Release                                                              25 April 2009Indigenous Peoples from around the World Outraged at the Rapid Escalation of Climate Change and Denounced False SolutionsAnchorage, Alaska--At the first global gathering of Indigenous Peoples on climate change, participants were outraged at the intensifying rate of destruction the climate crisis is having on the Earth and all peoples. Participants reaffirmed that Indigenous Peoples are most impacted by climate change and called for support and funding for Indigenous Peoples to create adaptation and mitigation plans for themselves, based on their own Traditional Knowledge and practices. Indigenous Peoples also took a strong position on emission reduction ...

4/27/2009 1:08 pm  Read More  


Indigenous Climate Summit Highlights
Photo Caption: Tom Goodtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network is interviewed by media at the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFCThe news articles below come from interviews conducted at the Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska.  GJEP Co-Director/ Strategist Orin Langelle was sent there by Global Forest Coalition to help do media work with the Indigenous Environmental Network.We have also included the link to the Indigenous Peoples' Guide: ...

4/24/2009 2:53 pm  Read More  


44 Arrested Protesting Duke's Climate Hypocrisy
The morning of April 20, 09, the Cliffside Climate Action brought hundreds to Duke Energy's headquarters in Charlotte North Carolina to protest the construction of the new Cliffside coal facility.The latest news is that 44 community members and supporters have been arrested, sending a bold message of urgency around the need to get off coal for the health of our communities and the future of our planet.The Cliffside Climate Action is the latest in the growing wave of civil disobedience demanding that we get our country off dirty energy and ...

4/22/2009 11:37 am  Read More  


114 Climate Change Protestors Arrested in Nottingham
114 activists were arrested in a dawn raid on a community centre in Sneinton Dale, Nottingham early on Easter Monday, 13th April 2009. It is believed that the planned target of the protest was the Eon powerstation at Ratcliffe-on-Soar, and Eon has released a statement confirming this. The Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station is the 3rd largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the UK and has been previously targeted by activists. Based on past Police actions there is a chance that all those arrested might have their homes raided while they are held in custody.This police action is ...

4/22/2009 11:36 am  Read More  


MST Occupies Eucalyptus Plantation in Bahia
1,500 families of the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST), occupied a devoluta[1]‚ area of 4,700 hectares in the municipality of Eunápolis, in the state of Bahia. Part of the area is planted with eucalyptus trees from the Veracel Cellulose company. This company possesses more than 20 thousand hectares of eucalyptus plantations in the municipality.The aim of this occupation is to put pressure on the Bahia state government to take over 20 thousand hectares of "devolutas" lands, which are today controlled by the Veracel (owned by Stora Enso and Aracruz Celulose), and ...

4/22/2009 11:35 am  Read More  


April Photo of the Month
No Rights, No REDD!Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFCThis month, Global Justice Ecology Project is featuring a photo taken by Orin Langelle during the UN climate meetings in Poznan, Poland in December 2008.  Prior to, and during the next major UN meeting on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark this December, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries) will be a hotly debated policy item.During the Poznan talks, Indigenous Peoples organizations protested the exclusion of any reference to Indigenous rights or the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from the text of the REDD initiative.  The groups issued a ...

4/22/2009 11:34 am  Read More  


New Voices on Climate Change Initiative
New Voices on Climate Change is an innovative initiative of Global Justice Ecology Project, 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.  In doing so, the initiative will: 1)    Empower peoples and communities already being impacted by climate change by promoting their stories throughout the world. 2)    Empower people to become active in the climate movement by humanizing and personalizing climate change, which is otherwise an often daunting, disempowering and abstract problem. The ...

4/22/2009 11:34 am  Read More  


Echoes of Silence: Songs of Loveliness and Courage in Hinesburg, VT Monday April 6th
REMINDER - LOCAL EVENT THIS COMING MONDAY! Join GJEP for our next local event Monday April 6th at 7pm co-sponsored by Witness for Peace:   ECHOES OF SILENCE Peace. Justice. Beauty. One Planet. One People. Songs of Courage Paul Baker Hernández While a silent Trappist monk, Paul secretly cobbled together a guitar ...

4/22/2009 11:33 am  Read More  


FOREST CAMPAIGNERS REJECT PRINCE CHARLES' RAINFOREST SPECULATION PLANS
For Immediate Release - 1 April, 2009The Global Forest Coalition, a worldwide network of environmental organizations and Indigenous Peoples Organizations, have publicly rejected the plans of the Prince of Wales to finance rainforest protection with a system of bonds that are to be paid back with funding derived from carbon markets. The Prince launched his idea at a meeting with G20 Heads of State in St. James Palace today."It appears that the Prince has not read any newspapers in the past year," responded Dr. Miguel Lovera, the chairperson of the Global Forest Coalition. "Carbon markets have proven to ...

4/22/2009 11:33 am  Read More  


Changing the Flow: Water Movements in Latin America
This 56 page booklet was produced by Food and Water Watch, Red Vida, Transnational Institute, The RPR Network and Other Worlds.  (Cover photo: Orin Langelle, Global Justice Ecology Project)It was distributed at the 5th World Water Forum held in Istanbul,Turkey 16-22 March 2009.  Water Rights activists blasted the World Water Forum as a "Corporate Trade Show to Promote Privatization."The booklet is comprised of individual and collective stories throughout Latin America.  The entire booklet can be downloaded at www.globaljusticeecology.org/publications.php?ID.Here is a reprint of the INTRODUCTIONTHE RISE OF WATER ON THE GLOBAL AGENDAIn case after case ...

3/31/2009 9:41 am  Read More  


Help STOP the ARCTIC OCEAN MULTI-SALE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
DEADLINE: March 30, 2009Alaska Native coastal communities need your support. Please submit a comment to the Minerals Management Service by the deadline of March 30, 2009 on the ARCTIC OCEAN MULTI-SALE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.Please take action to spur Obama's officials to change course in Arctic Ocean away from massive Bush administration leasing and drilling plans.The Interior Department proposes to offer 73 million acres off Alaska for oil and gas development that will endanger Native communities, harm wildlife, and add to global warming.The Arctic Ocean Multi-sale draft EIS proposes to lease the entire 73 million acres, using one EIS for ...

3/30/2009 11:37 am  Read More  


Three Mile Island 30th Anniversary – Call for Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning
Saturday 28 March, 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of the nuclear crisis on the Susquehanna River's Three Mile Island.  The accident was caused supposedly by faulty equipment and bad decisions made during the initial crisis, or, as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission stated, "a combination of personnel error, design deficiencies, and component failures."The core of the plant melted down partially, according to investigations and cleanup efforts.  The Three Mile Island plant stood dangerously close to total meltdown, which could have resulted in a full-scale national disaster. The event led to an overhaul of nuclear power plant safety rules and ...

3/27/2009 1:55 pm  Read More  


STICK YOUR DAMN HAND IN IT
20th Birthday of the Exxon Valdez Lieby Greg PalastMarch 23, 2009"Gail, Please! Stick your hand in it!"The petite Eskimo-Chugach woman gave me that you-dumb-ass-white-boy look."Gail, Gail. STICK YOUR DAMN HAND IN IT!"She stuck it in, under the gravel of the beach at Sleepy Bay, her village's fishing ground. Gail's hand came up dripping with black, sickening goo. It could make you vomit. Oil from the Exxon Valdez. It was already two years after the spill and Exxon had crowed that Mother Nature had happily cleaned up their stinking oil mess for them. It was a lie. But the media wouldn't ...

3/24/2009 10:52 am  Read More  


Help GJEP win a $200,000 grant!
Global Justice Ecology Project has put in two proposals for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Climate Challenge Contest, and we need your support in order to win a $200,000 grant.  Please go to the following links and help Global Justice Ecology Project win a $200,000 grant by voting for both of our submissions.  Those submissions with the most votes are more likely to be funded.STOP GE Trees and Agrofuels Campaignhttp://www.justmeans.com/showideadetails?ideaidNew Voices on Climate Change Initiativehttp://www.justmeans.com/competitionidea/7977/promoteidea.htmlSo please vote for both of them and then pass this message along to others and ask them to vote.One proposal concerns our work to ...

3/16/2009 5:11 am  Read More  


Ayoreo Community -- March Photo of the Month
This month, Global Justice Ecology Project is showcasing a photo from Orin Langelle's recent trip to an Ayoreo community in the Chaco region of Paraguay. Langelle, by invitation of the community, traveled with Dr. Miguel Lovera, chairperson of Global Forest Coalition.  Lovera also also works with the group Iniciativa Amotocodie.  The photos Langelle took were called "Sharing the Eye" with ...

3/10/2009 3:13 am  Read More  


Friends of the Earth International - 4th Annual Photo Competition
Friends of the Earth International is excited to announce our fourth annual photo competition. This international photo competition will gather photos from around the world on the theme of "Biodiversity Lost, Biodiversity Preserved". The best shots will be featured in a series of materials we will launch in conjunction with the 2010 UN International Year of Biodiversity, including a calendar and an international photo exhibition.Information about this photo competition can be found through this link www.foei.org/en/get-involved/photo/fourth-annual-photo-competitionPRESS RELEASE: biodiversity photo competition starts today ...

3/03/2009 12:06 pm  Read More  


Local Presentation--- Is Nuclear Power Dangerous to Your Health?
Please join Global Justice Ecology Project for a rousing presentation on the effects of nuclear power to human health. The talk will be given by Dr. Winfrid Eisenberg, a German pediatrician and "a recognized authority on the issues of the hazards of nuclear energy for children, nuclear disarmament, and implications for human rights. He has participated in many public forums raising the awareness of the risks associated with the use of nuclear energy." The presentation will take place at Champlain Valley ...

2/23/2009 12:57 pm  Read More  


UN Climate Convention---Z Magazine (Feb)
The February 2009 issue of Z Magazine's "About this issue," commented on the good and bad news in the current issue.  One of the examples was:Not so good news was the recent UN Climate Conference in Poland which, as Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle report, failed to "avert an ever-worsening climate crisis." On the positive side, alliances such as Climate Justice Now! are determined to continue the fight for "radical change."The article Z refers to:UN Climate ConventionZ Magazine February 2009By Anne Petermann  and Orin Langellewww.zmag.org/zmag/viewArticle/20445The UN ...

2/23/2009 11:22 am  Read More  


Climate Justice Assembly Declaration
An Indigenous Peoples' protest at an impromptu press conference on 30 January during the World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil. They were protesting incursions into their territory that are disrupting their way of life and introducing new and deadly diseases.photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFCBélém, Brazil, 1 February 2009CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!Declaración en español debajoNo to neoliberal illusions, yes to people's solutions!For centuries, productivism and industrial capitalism have been destroyingour cultures, exploiting our labour and poisoning our environment.Now, with the climate crisis, the Earth is saying "enough", "ya basta"!Once again, the people who created the problem are telling us that theyalso have the solutions: ...

2/23/2009 11:18 am  Read More  


Expert Speakers Available at World Social Forum
Boats ferry World Social Forum participants to different venues in Belém, Brazil.photo:  Langelle/GJEP-GFCMedia Advisory                                    January 29, 2009Expert Speakers Directory Available at World Social Forum:Worldwide media resource for climate change, Indigenous Peoples, & forest issuesBelém, Brazil-As the World Social Forum gets underway, thousands of representatives from a wide array of social groups and organizations have arrived in Belém, among them experts on forests and climate change [1].  Representatives from the Global Forest Coalition and  Global Justice Ecology Project's New Voices on Climate Change initiative are available for interviews.  Global Justice Ecology Project launched New Voices on Climate Change immediately ...

2/23/2009 11:22 am  Read More  


Human Banner: Salve a Amazonia at the World Social Forum
Photo by Lou Dematteis/Spectral QOn the opening day of the World Social Forum in Belem Brazil, more than a thousand indigenous peoples from around the world send an urgent message to save the Amazon.  For a full description of the action, please visit the Rainforest Action Network blog. ...

1/27/2009 4:15 pm  Read More  


Next Generation Biofuels: Bursting The New Green Bubble
"Biofuels Make Hunger" banner hung at Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany.  Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFCFor 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, ...

3/12/2009 12:13 pm  Read More  


January Hinesburg Community Social Potluck
Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:00 p.m.Carpenter-Carse Library69 Ballards Corner RoadHinesburg, VTThis month's topic: Global Warming ReportThree Hinesburg residents traveled to Bali, Indonesia for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December.  See their photos, and hear their report back from the international climate negotiations and learn what is being done in Vermont to fight global warming, including a "March for Another World" in Burlington on January 26th.To learn more about the January 26th mobilization please go to: www.WSF2008VT.BLOGSPOT.comPlease bring a dish to share and a beverage of your choice to the potluck and join us every month through ...

1/07/2008 3:21 am  Read More  


Mapuche present to Environmental Ministry their opposition to a new dam on Bío Bío River
The Mapuche authorities and Chilean organizations of Quilaco and Santa Barbara of the  Bío Bío River region request that the government and businesses respect the ICHR accord that allowed for the building of the Ralco dam and prohibited further building of hydroelectric dams in the region, and in which the Chilean State establishes a commitment to respect the Mapuche Pewenche Territories…  Original Source (en español): Ecoceanos NewsSantiago de Chile, 26th of November 2008 – This Wednesday, Mapuche Pewenche authorities of the Bío Bío River met with the Environmental Minister, Ana Lya Uriarte, explaining their opposition to the construction ...

1/16/2009 10:12 am  Read More  


German Geo-engineers Show Iron Will to Defy Global UN Moratorium
ETC Group - News Release January 8, 2009www.etcgroup.orgA controversial climate-engineering expedition -  flying the Germanflag -  set sail from South Africa,  in defiance of a United Nationsagreement signed by 191 nations and brokered by Germany last May. Inresponse, civil society groups are calling on governments and the UNto take action.The RV Polarstern, a German research vessel owned by the AlfredWegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research of Bremerhaven,Germany, left Cape Town on 7th January 2009 to begin a large scale geo-engineering experiment known as LOHAFEX. The LOHAFEX voyage, approvedby the Indian and German governments according to Dr. Victor Smetacek,co-Chief Scientist ...

1/16/2009 10:11 am  Read More  


November Hinesburg Community Social Potluck
Hinesburg Community Monthly Social PotluckThursday, November 15th at 6pmThis Month's Potluck will discuss:Biofuels: Blessing or Curse?Hinesburg resident and Global Justice Ecology Project Research Biologist and Biofuels Specialist, Rachel Smolker will present on the social and environmental impacts of replacing fossil fuels with biofuels (also called agrofuels).  She will also speak about work being done around the world on the issue of biofuels, from Indonesia to Brazil to the U.S.Rachel is preparing a report on biofuels to be released at this year's United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia in December.  The report will be co-produced by Global ...

11/07/2007 1:04 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-GFC     Tired of Cheap, Toxic Junk from China? Then try Carbon Karma: The Perfect Last Minute Holiday GiftBy Sandy KlausHinesburg, 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 ...

1/16/2009 10:09 am  Read More  


Corporate Globalization vs. Global Justicce Part II: The Struggle Continues
Global Justice Ecology Project announces a Gala Reception for new Photo Exhibit.Exhibit: Corporate Globalization vs. Global Justice: Part II   The Struggle Continues.  Photographs by Orin Langelle. When: Saturday, October 13, 7:30 pm.Where: The Plainfield Community Center, Plainfield, VT.Featured Guest Speaker: Simone Lovera, Managing Coordinator, Global Forest CoalitionPiano: Jerome LipaniPoetry: Alexis Smith will read a poem by Grace PaleyRefreshments will be served and is free and open to the public.The exhibit features a selection of photographs from the summer of 2004 to the present, including photographs from Vermont, Latin America, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions of 2004, G8 protests in ...

10/01/2007 12:46 pm  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 ...

1/16/2009 10:09 am  Read More  


RADICAL NEW AGENDA NEEDED TO ACHIEVE CLIMATE JUSTICE
Poznan statement from the Climate Justice Now! alliancePhoto: Langelle/GJEP-GFC The 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 ...

12/19/2008 3:37 am  Read More  


Tribute to Grace Paley
Join Vermont Poets in a Tribute to Grace PaleyContact:  Merry Gangemi 802.456.1630  <mgangemi@vtlink.net> Sunday October 7, 3-5 pmVermont College ChapelMontpelier, VT with:Galway KinnellDavid BudbillSusan ThomasBarbara SorensonJim SchleyGeof HewitttMajor JacksonEllen Bryant VoigtCora BrooksJody Gladdingand others ...

10/01/2007 11:43 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 3:35 am  Read More  


October Hinesburg Community Social Potluck
The 4th Season begins Thursday, October 11th at 6pmThis Month's Potluck will discuss:It's Not Just Iraq--It's the American EmpireJoin journalists Benjamin Dangl and April Howard to discuss this important issue.Benjamin Dangl works as an independent journalist throughout Latin America, writing for publications such as Z Magazine, The Nation, and The Progressive.  He is editor of TowardFreedom.com, a progressive perspective on world events, and UpsideDownWorld.org, an online magazine covering activism and politics in Latin America.  Benjamin won a 2007 Project Censored Award for his coverage of U.S. military operations in Paraguay.  Benjamin also is the author of the newly released book, ...

11/07/2007 12:57 pm  Read More  


Climate Justice Now! demanded on the streets of Poznan, Poland
Climate Justice Now! demanded on the streets of Poznan, Poland where the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is being held.  This demonstration was part of the Global Day of Action against climate change on Saturday 6 December, 2008.  Photo:  Langelle/GJEP-GFCPoznan, Poland--Saturday 6 December 2008 marked the Global Day of Action against Climate Change.  Over 90 countries participated in actions internationally. In Poznan officials from around the world have gathered to hammer out a roadmap to a post-Kyoto climate agreement, which intends to be finalized next year in Copenhagen.  This agreement will determine global climate policy after the Kyoto agreement ...

8/12/2009 3:26 am  Read More  


Free Trade & The Rural Crisis: A Panel Discussion
A discussion with international farmer leaders on agraculture and trade policy  issues affecting farmers around the world, as well as our local food systems will take place Friday, September 14th, 2007 from 3:30-5:00 at the University of Vermont Campus Billings MLK Lounge (downstairs).  ...

9/21/2007 12:09 pm  Read More  


UN Climate Deal Could Pay for Forest Destruction
Fortune-teller predicts profits from deforestation for UN delegate.Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFCFor 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 ...

12/05/2008 1:43 pm  Read More  


October World Bank and Global Warming Mobilization
This October 21-23 economic globalization activists will be joining with climate change activists to oppose the global warming-inducing policies of the World Bank during their fall meetings in Washington, DC.The World Bank promotes projects including large dams, logging and fossil fuel development that exacerbate global warming.If you would like to be contacted regarding this and other global warming actions, reply to info@globaljusticeecology.org ...

7/26/2007 4:48 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 ...

12/05/2008 12:06 pm  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 ...

12/05/2008 12:06 pm  Read More  


Climate Activists Invade DC Offices of Environmental Defense, Daughter of ED Founder Accuses Group of Pushing False Solutions to Climate Change
Press Release from Rising Tide North America   - 1 December , 2008 -  Washington, DC-As the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change opened today in Poznan, Poland, grassroots climate activists took over the Washington DC office of Environmental Defense. The activists stated that they had targeted ED, one of the largest environmental organizations in the world, because of the organization's key role in promoting the discredited approach of carbon trading as a solution to climate change. Dr. Rachel Smolker of Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition read a statement, which ...

12/05/2008 12:05 pm  Read More  


GJEP Biofuels Workshop at Solarfest in Tinmouth, V
On Saturday July 14th, Rachel Smolker and Anne Petermann of Global Justice Ecology Project will be presenting the workshop "Biofuels and Sustainable Development" at this year's Solarfest at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, Vermont.  For more information on Solarfest, go to http://www.solarfest.org/ ...

7/26/2007 3:02 am  Read More  


Klimax Rocks the COP-15 Summit Site
Activists from the Copenhagen based climate activist group KlimaX climbed onto the front of the conference site Bella Centret and threw out banners. The site is symbolic in the way that its the actual site of the COP15 summit exactly one year from now."We need a humane solution to the climate crisis." Says Sini Østergaard from KlimaX "We cannot stand by and watch while the rich countries buy CO2 quotas from the poor countries. We have take action now."The activists brought banners, music, cookies and tea while the security people and diplomats attending a conference watched ...

12/04/2008 12:26 pm  Read More  


Agrofuels European Tour
Over June 25-29, 2007 Global Justice Ecology Project Co-Director Orin Langelle will be speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium as well as the Dutch Parliament in The Hague, Netherlands on the issue of GE trees and agrofuels, as part of a major agrofuels tour organized by Global Forest Coalition.  The tour includes the participation of impacted peoples from all over the world testifying about the social and ecological impacts of the large-scale production of agrofuels in their countries.The tour winds up at a meeting of a subsidiary body of the United Nations Convention ...

7/26/2007 3:01 am  Read More  


June 2007 G-8 Protests, Rostock, Germany
GJEP Co-Director Orin Langelle will be attending the alternative forum and the protests against the G-8 in Rostock, Germany, June 6-8, 2007.He will be presenting on the social and ecological impacts of biofuels at the alternative forum and will be photographing the blockades and protests against the G-8.  ...

7/26/2007 3:05 am  Read More  


Carbon Karma
How's Your Carbon Karma?? Worried about your carbon footprint?  Want to improve your "Carbon Karma"? If you are the CEO of an earth destroying corporation, your Carbon Karma is disastrously bad and the only way for you to get good Carbon Karma is to cease your planet-destroying ways.  As soon as possible, please. But for the rest of us:If you want good Carbon Karma, don't invest in dicey "carbon offsets," that have no proven value in fighting climate change. (Such as those promoted by companies like Sustainable Carbon Atmospheric Management—SCAM*)Instead, improve your Carbon Karma by investing in organizations that are ...

12/19/2008 3:38 am  Read More  


A Call to Climate Action
A Call to Climate Action - ENGLISH / ESPAÑOL We stand at a crossroads.  The facts are clear. Global climate change, caused by human activities, is happening, threatening the lives and livelihoods of billions of people and the existence of millions of species.  Social movements, environmental groups, and scientists from all over the world are calling for urgent and radical action on climate change.On the 30th of November, 2009 the governments of the world will come to Copenhagen for the fifteenth UN Climate Conference (COP-15).  This will be the biggest summit on climate change ever to have taken ...

12/04/2008 12:26 pm  Read More  


Time to Shape Up or Step Aside Environmental Defense Fund - Statement from Dr. Rachel Smolker
Time to Shape up or Step Aside: Environmental Defense Fund Must StopAdvocating for Market Based Approaches to Climate Change and HaltCorporate Greenwashing.From the Daughter of EDF Founder, Robert E. SmolkerAuthor Dr. Rachel Smolker is with Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest CoalitionMy name is Rachel Smolker. When I was a child, growing up on Long Island,my father, Robert E Smolker, along with Charlie Wurster, Dennis Pulestonand Art Cooley, used to sit around in the living room sipping their beersand discuss environmental issues. My father, an ornithologist, wasobserving the thinning ...

11/25/2008 4:34 am  Read More  


Action Alert! Guarani Community Violently Evicted for GMO Soy Plantation
In northern Argentina, indigenous people belonging to a Guaraní community in the province of Jujuy have been violently evicted from their lands.  Their houses and farms have been destroyed by bulldozers and the animals on which the community depends for their livelihood have been killed and possessions been burnt.  The attack was led by a soya entrepreneur who wants to appropriate the land for soya.  The community has returned to their land, but are under constant threat of further violence and the provincial administration is denying them their constitutional rights to the land.  Please click here to take part in ...

9/03/2008 12:38 pm  Read More  


Making a Killing: Article by GJEP Board Member
MAKING A KILLING: THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND IMPACTS ON THE THIRD WORLDwritten by Aziz Choudry, Professor, McGill University and GJEP Board memberAugust 20, 2008 and published in Toward Freedom.To read the article, click here ...

8/21/2008 5:14 am  Read More  


Global Justice Ecology Project Turns Five! Celebration September 5th
Join us Friday, September 5th 2008 at 5pm at the GJEP office (10600 Rte 116, Hinesburg--the yellow office building between the town hall and the Hinesburg Community Church.  Directions below article).  Meet us on the balcony for food, drinks, music and a slide show of co-Director Orin Langelle's photos depicting five years of Global Justice Ecology Project accomplishments! Meet the hardworking and world-traveling GJEP staff and our Board of Directors, who will be coming from as far away as Kenya.  Global Justice Ecology Project Turns FiveBy Sara Armstrong, Campaigns and Office AssistantAs a fairly new employee at Global Justice ...

9/03/2008 12:39 pm  Read More  


Landloss threat ends as African Parks withdraws from Ethiopia
Landloss threat ends as African Parks withdraws from EthiopiaAfrican Parks Foundation (now known as African Parks Network) of the Netherlands has announced it will withdraw from its lease of the Omo and Nech Sar National Parks, Ethiopia, by October, 2008. Human rights organizations had voiced concern that African Park's plans to manage the Omo National Park would have evicted tribal people from their ancestral land, or caused them to lose access to vital agricultural and grazing land. Seven tribes, the Suri, Dizi, Me'en, Nyangatom, Kwegu, Bodi, and Mursi, live in or use the land designated as the Omo ...

8/07/2008 6:15 am  Read More  


GJEP Job Opening!
Job Description: Media/ Campaigns OrganizerGlobal Justice Ecology Project is looking for a qualified individual to work in our Hinesburg, Vermont-based office.  Position will include working on our established and growing national/international media program as well as supporting our campaigns on climate change, forest protection and indigenous rights.  Some administrative tasks and fundraising will be required.All applicants need to be excellent communicators, have strong people to people skills (in person and over the phone) and be self starters who can multi-task in sometimes hectic conditions.  Spanish competency a necessity.  Some travel.Position will be part-time to start and will become full-time.  Liveable ...

8/07/2008 6:15 am  Read More  


VIA CAMPESINA Position Paper Regarding Agrofuels
Presented to the media on June 24th, 2008 in Jakarta during the International Conference on Peasant Rights. "Right to grow, right to feed, right to eat" [Note: At the May 2008 UN Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties, Global Justice Ecology Project worked together with Via Campesina on the issue of agrofuels and their impacts on small farmers and the environment.  During the CBD COP, Via Campesina announced that they were launching a new campaign against GE trees due to industry's promotion of GE trees as a new source for so-called 'second generation' cellulosic agrofuels.  Below ...

7/01/2008 2:10 pm  Read More  


VIA CAMPESINA JOINS BIODIVERSITY DAY CELEBRATIONS
For more photos from the protests, click hereThis afternoon activists from all over the world have hung a banner, banged on teacups and handed out messages by Via Campesina during the official celebrations of Biodiversity Day at the 9th Conference of Parties (COP-9) of the UN convention on Biodiversity. They did so at the end of a message by UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon read by the Programme Officer of the Secretariat of the CBD to the distinguished delegates of the Convention.The banners read "No Agrodiversity Without Farmers" and "Nature for People, Not for business." The written message was ...

5/23/2008 6:19 am  Read More  


Sign on Against Polluting Pulp Mill in Chile
Polluting Chilean Pulp Mill Profits from Global Warming CreditsPlease sign on below to protest this travesty in solidarity with Mapuche communities!Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A.(CELCO/Arauco) is a Chilean forestry company that belongs to a powerful Chilean holding. This company has caused several ecological disasters, is planning to build a new sewage pipeline in an area with environments of high conservation value and is jeopardizing Mapuche Indigenous people?s livelihoods in the South of Chile. In addition, forestry activities have caused loss of native forest in Chile.CELCO has a partnership with the Swedish-Finish company Stora Enso and it is also ...

4/30/2008 2:42 pm  Read More  


Fighting Free Trade Agreements: Growing Resistance to Bilaterals
Fighting FTAS: the growing resistance to bilateral free trade and investment agreementsCheck out and download the online version of "Fighting FTAs: the growing resistance to bilateral free trade and investment agreements", a collaborative publication released by bilaterals.org, BIOTHAI and GRAIN in February 2008 at www.fightingftas.org."Fighting FTAs" provides a big picture of what today's frenzy over free trade agreements (FTAs) means, and an insight into some of the struggles being waged by social movements fighting back.  The publication is available in English, Spanish, French and Thai.Hardly a day goes by without news of some FTA hitting the headlines. Global talks at ...

4/29/2008 1:03 pm  Read More  


Indigenous Representatives Protest Plans for Coal-Fired Power Plant on Navajo Lands
Indigenous Environmental Network and members of its Native grassroots delegation attending the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City held a protest/rally on the morning of Friday, April 25th, in front of the offices of Sithe Global Power, LLC to protest the company's plans to build a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Reservation.United Nations, New York City--A delegation of indigenous peoples from around the United States and Canada are demanding immediate action to address climate chaos and crisis.  Twenty-two youth, women, elders and tribal ...

4/25/2008 1:30 pm  Read More  


Coalition calls on NGOs to withdraw support for Responsible Soy
For Immediate Release        Thursday 17 April 2008  (International Day of Peasant's Struggle)                   Asunción, Paraguay--One week before the third meeting of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina [1], the Global Forest Coalition, a worldwide coalition of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Indigenous Peoples Organizations [2], have published an open call to NGOs to withdraw themselves from the RTRS process [3]. The Coalition states that by supporting the roundtable, NGOs are legitimizing the expansion of large-scale soy monocultures that lead to massive deforestation, pesticide contamination, rural depopulation, malnutrition and violent land conflicts. It calls upon NGOs ...

4/25/2008 1:16 pm  Read More  


'Cap and trade' climate scheme won't work in US either, warn European environmental groups
16 April. For immediate release. With George Bush today expected to outline options for a 'cap and trade' scheme to tackle US greenhouse gas emissions, European environmental groups warned that a similar policy in the European Union has been a 'total failure'.European emissions have risen in the three years during which the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), which accounts for the vast majority of trades in the world carbon market, has been in operation.Heavy industry lobbying has led to an over-allocation of the free pollution permits issued by the scheme, allowing large polluters to generate billions in windfall profits ...

4/17/2008 11:09 am  Read More  


UK Protests call for Biofuel Targets to be Scrapped
16 April 2008 joint press release by Biofuelwatch and Global Forest CoalitionLondon-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 offices of Ruth Kelley, Secretary of State for Transport, and Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment.  ...

4/17/2008 11:05 am  Read More  


Groups Condemn Biofuels
For Immediate Release                                                             11 April 2008Groups 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 will tell European leaders that bio-fuels are ...

4/11/2008 1:36 pm  Read More  


GJEP Presentation on Global Warming at Left Forum
Corporate vs. Popular Solutions to the Climate CrisisClimate Change: Crisis and OpportunityPresentation by Anne Petermann, GJEP Co-Director15 March 2008, New York CityGlobal warming is humanity's greatest challenge.  As such, we must tackle this issue on several fronts.  We must build opposition to the corporate-controlled false solutions to climate change that dominates the media, in order to open space for discussion of real solutions.  We must make climate justice a core part of our work.  We must make broad and visionary alliances with allied movements around the world, and we must begin the fundamental transformation of society that will ...

3/17/2008 11:34 am  Read More  


Christian Parenti to Speak on Climate Wars April 8
Please join Global Justice Ecology Project for this important eventThe Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series presentsClimate Wars: The Violent Geography of Global WarmingWill drought, flood and famine lead to a new dark age?Or will the crisis of climate change be met with rational and progressive economic policies?April 8, 2008 7pmUVM Davis Center, Sugar Maple Ballroom, 4th floorBurlington, VT(Park by the water tower off East Avenue)Christian Parenti will draw on his experience as a reporter in Latin America, Africa, China and his recent experience as an unembedded reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He will explore these questions, combining his on ...

3/07/2008 1:30 pm  Read More  


GJEP Hosts New Photo Exhibit Opening Friday, February 1st
CANCELLED: DUE TO WEATHERCheck back for the rescheduled opening!Global Justice Ecology Project is hosting an opening for our new photo exhibit this Friday in BurlingtonCorporate Globalization vs. Global Justice: Part II, The Struggle Continuesfeaturing photos by Orin LangelleOn display from February 1st through April 27th, 2008Photo Exhibit Opening Reception: Friday, February 1st, 5-8pm at the ArtPath Gallery (in the Wing Building, by the King Street Ferry Dock in Burlington--directions below).  Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.Corporate Globalization vs. Global Justice: Part II, The Struggle Continues features a selection of photographs of global resistance from the summer of 2004 to ...

2/01/2008 4:25 am  Read More  


GJEP Global Warming Panel--Part of International Week of Action
Global Justice Ecology Project and the Institute for Social Ecology hosted Jutta Kill of the England-based FERN and Larry Lohmann of the England-based The Corner House for four events over January 26th to the 28th in Burlington, Middlebury and Montpelier, Vermont.  Lohmann and Kill both spoke about the role of carbon trading and carbon offsets in deepening the climate crisis and in deflecting resources away from real solutions to global warming.  GJEP co-Director Anne Petermann also gave a powerpoint on the outcomes of the UN Climate Convention that took place ...

1/28/2008 3:09 am  Read More  


Vermont Call to Action: March on January 26 Burlington
March Toward a Better World(part of a global day of action--download poster at bottom of article)Saturday, January 26, Burlington, VT 2:30Starting from the UVM Davis Center to Downtown BurlingtonMarch to Unite the common themes of:• Troops Home Now!• Health Care is a Right• Climate Justice Now!Many Struggles, One Movement!Social movements from around the world have called for an international mobilization on January 26, 2008. We call on Vermont organizations to be part of this international struggle against war, racism, sexism and corporate rule which produce violence, exploitation, poverty, hunger and ecological disaster and deprive people of human rights. We believe ...

1/24/2008 4:02 am  Read More  


Global Warming Panel: Burlington, VT 1/26 4-6pm
FOLLOWING THE MARCH: 4-6pm on Saturday, January 26GLOBAL WARMING PANELfeaturing international climate justice activists from Europe:• Larry Lohmann, The Corner House, author of Carbon Trading: a Critical Conversation on Climate Change, Privatization and Power• Jutta Kill, FERN, activist working on climate change and protection of forests and forest peoples' rightsContois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall (corner of Church and Main Streets, Burlington)(Snacks and Beverages will be served)Larry Lohmann has worked since 1997with the Corner House, a research and solidarity organization based in the UK (http: www.thecornerhouse.org.uk). During the 1980s he lived and worked in Thailand, teaching and working ...

1/24/2008 4:02 am  Read More  


What's missing from the climate talks? Justice!
For Immediate Release              14 December 2007      Bali Forest Outcomes Trample Indigenous Peoples' & Local Communities' RightsFalse "Solutions" to Climate Change Condemned at the UNFCCC Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia-As the UN Framework Convention onClimate Change ends, Global Forest Coalition [1] expresses greatconcern that market-based mechanisms promoted here do not give enoughguarantees to indigenous peoples and forest dependent peoples toensure their rights. Global Forest Coalition's Managing Coordinator, Simone Lovera stated,"The outcomes of the forest negotiations here in Bali do not includeany guarantee that the rights of Indigenous ...

1/09/2008 11:54 am  Read More  


Groups Protest World Bank Launch of Forest Carbon Partnership
For Immediate Release                        11 December, 2007Groups Protest World BankSay Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Threatens Forests and Indigenous PeoplesNusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia--A very diverse group of non-governmentalorganizations, indigenous peoples organizations and social movementsstaged a protest today outside of a press conference where World BankPresident 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.   "They've packaged up their ...

1/09/2008 11:53 am  Read More  


Indigenous Peoples Protest UNFCCC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        7 December 2007Indigenous Peoples Protest UNFCCCIndigenous Peoples shut out of Climate Change NegotiationsNusa 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 invited to attend.  This act is representative of the systematic exclusion ...

1/09/2008 11:53 am  Read More  


GJEP and GFC Launch Major New Report on Biofuels
For Immediate Release                 December 5, 2007Vermont Organization Launches Major New Report on Biofuels (Agrofuels) at UN Climate Conference in IndonesiaContacts:Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project, +62-813-389-18-437 (on site in Bali)Dr. Rachel Smolker, Global Justice Ecology Project, 802-482-2689 (arrives back in Vermont this Friday)Photos available--contact Orin Langelle  <mailto:langelle@globaljusticeecology.org>langelle@globaljusticeecology.orgBali, Indonesia--Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP), based in Hinesburg, VT held a press conference on Tuesday, December 4, launching a major new report entitled The True Cost of Agrofuels: Food, Forests and the Climate. The report, co-produced by Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition (GFC), details the impacts of ...

1/09/2008 11:53 am  Read More  


UNFCCC: No False Solutions to Climate Change!
For immediate release29 November 2007No time left for false solutions:Stop commercialising carbon, cut emissions at source!Global Justice Ecology Project and the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) [1] are present in Bali, Indonesia, for the 13th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, 3rd-14th December, with a team of campaigners from around the world, including Indigenous Peoples' representatives, to expose the false 'solutions' - agrofuels [2] and carbon markets - being promoted by many governments and companies.It is now increasingly recognised that these failing solutions are also having devastating impacts on the world's 854 million chronically hungry people, [3] 1.6 billion forest-dependent ...

1/09/2008 11:53 am  Read More  


Governments must reject ‘Biofuels’ and other False Solutions to Climate Change
PRESS RELEASE              EMBARGO UNTIL 12:00 AM GMT17 NOVEMBER 2007In reaction to today's launch of the synthesis report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in Spain, the Global Forest Coalition, a worldwide coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples' Organisations, called upon governments to reject so-called 'biofuels' and other false solutions to climate change like carbon trading. It is now becoming clear that these solutions may in fact make climate change worse, not better, and that they have many other serious social and environmental impacts. (1) The IPCC report again highlights that climate change is already having devastating impacts ...

1/09/2008 11:53 am  Read More  


November Hinesburg Community Potluck
Thursday, November 15th at 6pmThis Month's Potluck will discuss:Biofuels: Blessing or Curse?Hinesburg resident and Global Justice Ecology Project Research Biologist and Biofuels Specialist, Rachel Smolker will present on the social and environmental impacts of replacing fossil fuels with biofuels (also called agrofuels).  She will also speak about work being done around the world on the issue of biofuels, from Indonesia to Brazil to the U.S.Rachel is preparing a report on biofuels to be released at this year's United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia in December.  The report will be co-produced by Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) ...

1/09/2008 11:52 am  Read More  


URGENT ACTION ALERT!
MST Activist Killed, Letters Could Help Bring Those Responsible to Justice   [Note from GJEP: Brazil may be the first country after China to commercially release GE trees.  The dangers of Brazil's open arms policy to genetic engineering companies is demonstrated by the murder of an MST activist who was occupying a field of GE crops.  Please take action.]   On October 21 at 1:30 p.m., a Via Campesina encampment located at Syngenta's 127-hectare farm used for field trials of genetically modified crops in Santa Tereza do Oeste, in Parana, ...

1/09/2008 11:52 am  Read More  


A Highly Unsuitable Candidate:
New Zealand Government Is Not Fit to Sit on UN Human Rights CouncilBy Aziz ChoudryThe New Zealand Government must be stopped.  At home and abroad. On 14 September this year, the New Zealand government and three othergovernments (Canada, USA and Australia) shared the dubious distinctionas the only states to vote against the adoption of the United NationsDeclaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. On Friday, itannounced its candidacy for the United Nations (UN) Human RightsCouncil, for the period 2009-2012. The announcement came at the end ofa shocking week where Maori sovereignty campaigners,environmentalists, and other activists ...

1/09/2008 11:52 am  Read More  


Global Justice Ecology Projects Kicks Off Fourth Year of Educational Vermont Events
Hinesburg, VT--Since September 2003, Global Justice Ecology Project has organized community trainings, produced photographic exhibits, co-organized a major anti-war conference in Burlington, and hosted monthly community potlucks in Hinesburg. Internationally, Global Justice Ecology Project organizes against the genetic engineering of trees, working with the United Nations as well as indigenous peoples' organizations and other groups around the world. This week GJEP is organizing two special events: 1) Journalists Ben Dangl and April Howard will present It's Not Just Iraq--It's the American Empire, at the Hinesburg Community Social Potluck, Thursday, October 11th, 6 pm at Hinesburg's Carpenter-Carse Library. Ben Dangl writes ...

1/09/2008 11:52 am  Read More  


Long time activist Robin Lloyd Received the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Award
On October 4th, at the International Commons, St. Michael's College (Winooski, VT), GJEP supporter Robin Lloyd received this prestigious award.Robin Lloyd was arrested for nonviolent protest at the "School for Assassins" at Ft. Benning, Georgia in the fall of 2005 and served a three-month prison sentence at the Danbury, Federal Correctional Institution in CT.Robin Lloyd, a Burlington, VT activist with the Burlington Peace Coalition (forerunner for the Peace and Justice Center), founder of the Peace on Earth Store (now the Peace & Justice Store), filmmaker, writer, world traveler, member of Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), recently returned ...

1/09/2008 11:50 am  Read More  


Ed Everts Honored By Vermont Community
On September 29th aboard the Northern Lights Boat the Peace & Justice Center honored Ed Everts by presenting him an award in his name for his lifetime achievements in social justice and activism.  Ed Everts was recognized and rewarded by the Vermont community at the Peace & Justice Center's benefit cruise where there was dancing and a live auction.  Ed filmed and produced over 15 years of public access television and continues to agitate through becoming a member and avid supporter of the Peace & Justice Center as well as the Green Mountain Veterans for Peace.Photo: Langelle/Global Justice ...

1/09/2008 11:49 am  Read More  


International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations
21 September: International Day against Monoculture Tree PlantationsIn 2004, September 21st was declared as International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations by a number of organizations throughout the world. On this day, people in every continent carry out actions to generate awareness on the impacts of large scale tree monocultures on local communities and their environments.Be they eucalyptus, pines, acacias, gmelinas, oil palm or other types of monoculture tree plantations, they are all mostly aimed at feeding northern consumers with growing volumes of raw materials extracted in southern countries at a huge social and environmental cost.Wasteful consumption patterns in the north ...

1/09/2008 11:48 am  Read More  


Veracel Certification, Another Disaster For FSC?
PRESS RELEASE                                               September 17, 2007Forest Stewardship Council at a crossroad: Veracel timber certification would be yet another disaster for FSCThe 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 ...

1/09/2008 11:48 am  Read More  


Hurricane Felix Devastates Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast
You can help!  Please send support today![Note: Global Justice Ecology Project Co-Director Orin Langelle was co-Coordinator and co-Founder of ACERCA, an organization that did extensive work in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) of Nicaragua, working with the local indigenous communities to protect the disappearing rainforest there.  Langelle led several delegations to the region including the first environmental justice delegation after Hurricane Mitch.  We encourage you to send whatever support you can.]  click here to send support. From Nicaragua Network: At 5:45am local time on Sept. 4, Hurricane Felix hit the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) of Nicaragua as a category ...

9/10/2007 6:02 am  Read More  


In Loving Memory of Grace Paley, Global Justice Ecology Project Friend & Supporter
From the New York Times, August 23, 2007Grace Paley, Writer and Activist, DiesBy MARGALIT FOXGrace Paley, the celebrated writer and social activist whose short stories explored in precise, pungent and tragicomic style the struggles of ordinary women muddling through everyday lives, died on Wednesday at her home in Thetford Hill, Vt. She was 84 and also had an apartment in Manhattan.Ms. Paley had been ill with breast cancer for some time, her literary agent, Elaine Markson, said yesterday.Ms. Paley's output was modest, some four dozen stories in three volumes: "The Little Disturbances of Man" (Doubleday, 1959); "Enormous Changes at the ...

8/23/2007 7:03 am  Read More  


Please Sign Call For Biofuels Moratorium
(graphic: "Agrofuel, The Road to Destruction")Sign-on: Moratorium on EU incentives for agrofuelsOrganisations and individuals around the world are extremely concerned about the way the EU is rushing into agrofuels and the signals this sends to the rest of the world to race into agrofuel production. The impacts are already serious worldwide. Millions of hectares are being designated for agrofuel production and export in Africa, Asia and South America. Indigenous peoples and local communities are being expelled from their land or forced into agrofuel production, ...

1/09/2008 11:47 am  Read More  


Repression Against Mapuche in Chile by Logging Companies Deepens
Update on the Mapuche Struggle Against Plantations in ChileRecently logging companies have become more aggressive as they have continued to push their way into Mapuche traditional territory. As a result, a bitter clash has arisen, whereby some Mapuche have been labeled "terrorists" by the Chilean government for defending their homeland. As Hector Llaitul, a Mapuche member, noted in a recent Center for International Policy Report "The Mininco Company along with one of our main adversaries, the hydroelectric company ENDESA, have changed their policy. It's no longer just the use of violence. They are diversifying the repression: they study the areas ...

8/13/2007 1:43 pm  Read More  


GLOBAL WARMING WILL RELEASE THE BLOB!
The Blob will only be contained, "As long as the Arctic stays cold."Okay, so The Blob isn't real (we hope!),But there are plenty of other disasters about to be unleashed by Global Warming that are all too real.  You've heard of most of them by now—mass extinction of species, increase in infectious disease, droughts, hurricanes, floods, and displacement of billions of people due to sea level rise.But there are some even more serious threats out there—and these are threats that we do have the power to stop.   To find out more, click here.Read our press release about global warming and ...

7/26/2007 3:57 am  Read More  


Press Release: Global Warming Will Release The Blob
For Immediate Release: July 25, 2007Contact:    STOP the BLOB Campaign:  <stoptheblob@gmail.com>    Global Justice Ecology Project:  +1.802.482.2689GLOBAL 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 ...

7/26/2007 3:57 am  Read More  


GJEP Joins Global Forest Coalition
Global Justice Ecology Project joined the Global Forest Coalition in January of 2007 as their North American Focal Point.GJEP and the Global Forest Coalition will be working together toward a ban on genetically engineered trees, and an end to the promotion of monoculture tree plantations and tree-based biofuels as false solutions to global warming. For more on Global Forest Coalition, click hereTop Right: Global Justice Ecology Project participates in a Global Forest Coalition workshop on Carbon Trading in Namanga, Kenya.  Photo by Petermann/ GJEP ...

8/13/2007 1:35 pm  Read More  


Global Justice Ecology Project at the U.S. Social Forum
Global Justice Ecology Project Raises Question of Biofuels at U.S. Social ForumATLANTA, GA, June 27-July 1, 2007--The First ever U.S. Social Forum, with the slogan "Another World Is Possible, Another U.S. is Necessary," was held with thousands of people from all across the U.S. and around the world attending.Two workshops organized by Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) and a third by Grassroots International addressed the social and environmental impacts of biofuels. The first workshop, "Large Scale Biofuels: False Solutions to Climate Change" was a collaborative presentation by Global Justice Ecology Project, Dogwood Alliance and Rainforest Action Network that focused on ...

8/13/2007 1:37 pm  Read More  


Community Organizing
Community Action Trainings: Global Justice Ecology Project continues to organize Community Action Trainings around Vermont.  These full day trainings give people skills in community organizing, working with the media and organizing campaigns.  The goal of these trainings is to encourage and promote grassroots community organizing and provide participants the skills to organize active and strategic campaigns throughout the state that will help engage and empower Vermont's diverse constituencies in mapping out a sustainable future for Vermont.  We work collaboratively with environmental and social justice groups to organize these events.Monthly Community Organizing Potlucks: In January 2005 Global Justice Ecology Project began ...

7/24/2007 4:57 am  Read More  


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