Global Justice Ecology Project’s mission is understanding, exposing and addressing the deep interconnections between ecological destruction, social injustice and economic domination.
Protecting forests and other ecosystems, including defending the rights of the Indigenous Peoples and other communities that depend on them, fighting systemic racism, and challenging corporate power is central to our work.
We need your support to successfully achieve this critical work.
Today GJEP is coordinating a major effort to protect wild forests from genetically engineered (GE) trees. We have mobilized historic opposition to the genetically engineered Darling 58 tree, with more than 109 organizations representing millions of members and over 120,000 people registering opposition to the petition requesting permission to release it into forests without regulation or monitoring.
This Darling 58 GE American chestnut tree has been specially designed for release into the wild to spread uncontrollably and contaminate wild trees. The developers of this GE tree are requesting unprecedented permission from the USDA to release these GE trees without oversight or regulation.
The response by people and groups opposing this GE tree has also been unprecedented.
Forest ecosystems are threatened with unpredictable impacts from these GE trees that have the potential to live upwards of 200 years. Indigenous Peoples self-determination is threatened by the potential unmonitored spread of these GE trees, as is the livelihoods of farmers if their non-GMO orchards of chestnuts are contaminated by them.
But worst of all is the precedent that would be set if these trees were approved for release into forests. It would open the door wide to GE trees designed specifically for use in industrial GE tree plantations all over the globe–across South America, Africa and Asia, as well as the US South and the Pacific Northwest.
We are also continuing our work in solidarity with Mapuche Peoples and environmental justice organizations in Chile. These groups just experienced an historic victory when an overwhelming majority of the population voted to rewrite the country’s Constitution–a Constitution created under the brutal military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
GJEP spent a month in Chile last November documenting and meeting with organizers involved with the Peoples Uprising that began in October 2019 to demand systemic change, and a new Constitution.
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During the COVID-19 Pandemic, while people have been locked down, business as usual has continued, with the world’s elite using COVID-19 as an opportunity to flaunt environmental and health regulations and dismantle civil liberties. We have been researching news and analysis around COVID-19, including its links to the destruction of ancient forests, and compiling it in an online repository.
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By developing this understanding of the deep interconnections of these issues, we can come together and develop next steps toward a new socially and ecologically just future. Join Global Justice Ecology Project as we help create this new future.
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