Founded in 2003, Global Justice Ecology Project believes in the fundamental equality of all peoples and the intrinsic value of the natural world. Global Justice ecology project’s mission is to identify, expose and address the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction, and economic domination.
In this episode of Breaking Green, we will talk with Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project about current threats to forests and indigenous peoples from attempts to genetically engineer trees for use in plantations and release into the wild. Anne Petermann co-founded Global Justice Ecology Project in 2003. She is the international coordinator of the Campaign to STOP GE trees, which she also co founded. Petermann is also a founding board member of the Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series.
She has been involved in movements for forest protection and indigenous rights since 1991, and the international and national climate justice movements since 2004. She participated in the founding of the Durban group for climate justice in 2004, in Durban, South Africa, and Climate Justice Now! in 2007, at the Bali Indonesia UN climate conference. She is the author of several reports and numerous articles detailing the dangers of genetically engineered trees, and is a contributor to Truthout, Z Magazine Counterpunch, and numerous others.
She was adopted as an honorary member of the St. Francis-Sokoki band of the Abenaki in 1992 for her work in support of their struggle for state recognition. In 2000, she received the Wild Nature Award for Activist of the Year.