Featured Photo: Team work. Attempting to free bus stuck in Brazilian mud

A group of people pushing the back of a bus that is stuck in the mud.

Due to heavy rains the bus used by the international delegation of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees was stuck in the mud enroute to visit a Pataxó indigenous community in the southern part of the state of Bahia in Brazil. Members of the Campaign push in an effort to free the bus. The bus eventually got out of the quagmire but had to turn around and the group was unable to visit the Pataxó. photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP (2023)


During May and June of 2023, the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Campaign to STOP GE Trees along with people from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the UK, and the US came together in Brazil for meetings and events to stop the development and commercial release of genetically engineered trees. The group was also there to support and highlight opposition to Brazil pulp company Suzano’s ongoing expansion of industrial eucalyptus plantations and potential use of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees modified to tolerate toxic herbicides.

Orin Langelle, Director of Langelle Photography and co-founder of GJEP, photographed GJEP and the Campaign as they met with Brazilian NGOs, Indigenous and Quilombola communities, and MST (Landless Workers Movement) members in rural communities who are on the front lines of resisting industrial eucalyptus plantations and their devastating social and ecological impacts.

Stay tuned for more of Orin Langelle’s photographs from this important trip on this website.

For more information, please go to:

Brazil: International Campaign to STOP GE Trees Meetings and Events

The Campaign to STOP GE Trees

New Breaking Green Podcast: Green Deserts of Brazil with Anne Petermann

Deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is a well-known threat to the world’s environment, but the loss of natural biodiversity to so-called “green deserts” resulting from expanding non-native eucalyptus plantations for pulp and paper production, is a lesser known ecological and social disaster that is likely to worsen if genetically engineered trees are used. The latest episode of GJEP’s Breaking Green podcast interviews Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and international coordinator of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees.

This year Global Justice Ecology Project is celebrating our 20th Anniversary.  As part of this year-long celebration, we will be posting photos by co-founder Orin Langelle, Director of Langelle Photographydocumenting different aspects and achievements of GJEP over those 20 years, as well as photos from events and activities beginning 30 years ago in 1993 that led to the formation of Global Justice Ecology Project ten years later.