Legacy of violence over land continues in Brazil 10 years after killing of Dorothy Stang

From our friends at PLANT

12 Feb 2015 – 10th Anniversary of Assassination of  Sr. Dorothy Stang

February 12, 2015, marked 10 years since the assassination of Sister Dorothy Stang, one of the hundreds of victims of land conflict in Amazonia in recent years. For all the national and international pressure for justice, her case like many others, illustrates the reign of impunity across the Brazilian Amazonian region.  Check the report from the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops at:​era-assassinade-​irma-dorothy-stan​g

Also, the summary article in the Manaus newspaper, A Crítica, at:

Reported conflicts and death threats continue to increase across the region – in tandem with deforestation.

See also the most update from INPE (Brazilian National Institute of Space Research), which provides the data documenting the largest increase in forest fires for the month of January in Amazonia since January 1999, at:

INPE and CPT provide their reports as wake-up calls to society, and to all who want to undo the driving forces of the socio-environmental degradation of the Amazonian eco-system.

Photo Essay: The Pillaging of Paraguay

Woman holds photo of baby whose condition is blamed on agrotoxins, during rally in Asunción, Paraguay, 3 Dec 2014.

Woman holds photo of baby whose condition is blamed on agrotoxins, during rally in Asunción, Paraguay, 3 Dec 2014.

“All signs show that Paraguay, both its territory and its population, are under attack by conquerors, but conquerors of a new sort. These new ‘conquistadors’ are racing to seize all available arable land and, in the process, are destroying peoples’ cultures and the country’s biodiversity — just as they are in many other parts of the planet, even in those areas that fall within the jurisdiction of ‘democratic’ and ‘developed’ countries. Every single foot of land is in their crosshairs. Powerful elites do not recognize rural populations as having any right to land at all.” – Dr. Miguel Lovera

Photographs by Orin Langelle. Analysis at the end of the essay by Dr. Miguel Lovera from the case study: The Environmental and Social Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock Farming and Soybean Production in Paraguay. Dr. Lovera was the President of SENAVE, the National Plant Protection Agency, during the government of Fernando Lugo.

To view the entire photo essay click here.

GJEP-GFC REDD video chosen for International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuela

Buffalo, New York (US) – The film A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the FuturFestivale of Forestsproduced by Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition, has been chosen to take part of the official selection of the 2nd International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuela (MICIV) 15 – 19 June 2014.

“We are honored to have the film chosen for the International Indigenous Film Showcase where it will highlight Indigenous Peoples’ concerns about REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) at a time when hearing these voices is crucial as business as usual continues,” stated Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project.

As the UN, World Bank, and corporate elites push their new “Green Economy,” A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests exposes a scheme that could be the largest land grab of all time.

redd-dvd-new-copy-copyA Darker Shade of Green provides a powerful account of how the commodification of forests through carbon offset markets and REDD policies is triggering land grabbing and other injustices amongst Indigenous Peoples and local communities,” states Simone Lovera, director of the Global Forest Coalition.

The film also describes the current climate crisis as, “The new normal.”

The 2nd International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuela is organized by the Wayaakua Foundation, and is made possible thanks to the efforts of various communication collectives, the support of the National Autonomous Cinematography Center (CNAC), and the National Cinematheque Foundation (FCN).

All subjects related to indigenous peoples were welcomed by the 2nd International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuelafor submission including: territory, spirituality, traditional medicine, historical memory, art, human rights, displacement, war, self-determination, impacts of mining and mega-projects.

A Darker Shade of Green includes interviews and testimonies from Chiapas (Mexico), Acre (Brazil), and California (US), as well as India, Indonesia, Nepal, Panama, the Philippines and Uganda. These statements highlight Indigenous resistance to REDD and reveal threats to the future of forests globally.

Films will be screened in alternative venues, indigenous communities, universities, and non-profit outreach events organized by the Showcase.

A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests was made possible with support from Artists Project Earth UK, Carbon Trade Watch, Green Valley Media, Hiroshi Kanno, Isvara Foundation, Lawson Valentine Foundation, Lush Cosmetics Company, and New Visions Foundation.

Editor: Maria José Calderón   Script: Jeff Conant   Narration: Dania Cabello
Project Conception and Coordination: Jeff Conant, Orin Langelle, Anne Petermann, Simone Lovera

Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition released this video in 2012.


See the entire feature here:

A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests


Green Shock Doctrine

May 12, 2014

There is much being said and written today about how to effectively address the oncoming catastrophe of climate change, which is already, for many, tragically real.

There is a crucial and obvious need for a powerful global movement to tackle the climate crisis. But this movement will not be based on reform. Capitalism and the markets have led us to the brink of the abyss. They will not provide our parachute.  The system cannot be reformed.  It must be transformed.

The more we understand how the roots of the many issues we are fighting are intertwined, the better we can cooperate to change the system driving them. In diversity is strength, as any ecologist understands, and our movements for change are no exception.

Global Justice Ecology Project is publishing The Green Shock Doctrine as a means to help expose and examine the deeper issues behind the climate crisis and their links to many of the other crises we are facing. In doing so, we hope to help advance the effort to transform the global system driving climate catastrophe.

To download the PDF, click here: Green Shock Doctrine