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Global Justice Ecology Project

September Update

Please support GJEP’s work to resist GE trees and

other false solutions to climate change!

Photo of the Month

In 2011 GJEP ED Anne Petermann was in Porto Seguro, in Bahía, Brazil to monitor a global industry conference on genetically engineered (GE) trees. Veracel, a conference sponsor, took participants on a tour of its eucalyptus cloning facility, where workers on an assembly line prepared hybrid eucalyptus clones for industrial plantations. Despite a concerted effort by the biotechnology and timber industry, ten years later, GE trees are still not being developed on a commercial scale thanks to the massive campaign to stop them involving hundreds of organizations and many thousands of people around the world.

Since October 2020, the number of people endorsing the call to stop the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment increased by over 20,000 people.

Read below about important new accomplishments of the campaign, including a statement denouncing use of GE trees in fake climate mitigation schemes.

Global Justice Media Program

Earth Radio

GJEP’s Earth Radio segments, the Earth Minute and the Earth Watch Interview, happen each week in partnership with Margaret Prescod’s nationally syndicated Sojourner Truth Radio show on Pacifica Radio’s flagship station, KPFK in Los Angeles.

You can find all radio segments here: https://globaljusticeecology.org/earth-radio/

Earth Minute: Wildfires Strike Western United States

1 Sept 2021 – According to a new study by Climate Central, the hot, arid and dry weather conditions fueling wildfires across the western US have increased in frequency over the past 50 years.

Earth Minute: GE Trees – No Solution to Climate Change

7 Sept 2021 – As the devastating effects of climate change become more immediate and severe, corporate interests are promoting unproven and potentially dangerous GE trees for climate mitigation schemes, including carbon offsetting, and a so called “bio-economy” designed to maintain business as usual.

Earth Watch: Climate Crisis Driving Fake Techno-Fixes like GE Trees

8 Sept 2021 – This week’s interview features GJEP Executive Director Anne Petermann speaking about fake climate techno-fixes involving genetically engineered trees.

Breaking Green Podcast

Produced by Global Justice Ecology Project, Breaking Green is a podcast that talks with activists and experts to examine the intertwined issues of social, ecological and economic injustice. Breaking Green also explores some of the more outrageous proposals to address climate and environmental crises that are falsely being sold as green.

Dr. Michael Dorsey on IPCC’s Code Red for Humanity – Will we act?

In this episode of Breaking Green, we talk with Dr. Michael Dorsey, acclaimed environmental scientist and political economist, about the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and current UN effort to address our collective future.

Listen to Dr. Dorsey’s take on the cronyism that led to the “cautious” endorsement of the GE American chestnut tree by the Sierra Club, on whose Board he served for 11 years.

You can find all podcast episodes here: https://globaljusticeecology.org/breakinggreen/ or wherever you get your podcasts.

Global Justice Media News

IPCC Report is Reality Check; But False Solutions Must be Rejected

Written by GJEP’s Executive Director, Anne Petermann on 9 August 2021

Today, on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the UN Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change (IPCC) released a press release announcing the publication of their new Sixth Assessment Report. The document is the scientific consensus on the state of climate change, created by 234 authors from 66 countries. The need for consensus means that while the report is predictably dire, it is also conservative in its findings.

CounterVortex-Brazil: Bolsonaro accused of crimes against humanity

The Articulation of Indigenous People of Brazil (APIB) filed a statement before the International Criminal Court (ICC) Aug. 9 requesting an investigation into genocide and crimes against humanity committed by President Jair Bolsonaro.

Third World Network-New Paper Addresses “Nature Based Solutions” and the Biodiversity and Climate Crises

In light of the dangers and drawbacks of turning to “nature-based solutions”, this paper poses the question: Whose nature is being asked to solve which problems?

Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees

GJEP coordinates the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, a national and international alliance of organizations that have united towards prohibiting the ecologically and socially devastating release of genetically engineered [GE or genetically modified] trees into the environment.

New Statement – Genetically Engineered Trees: No Solution to Climate Change

Download the statement in EnglishSpanishPortuguese and French

“Genetically engineered trees are not a climate solution. They are a dangerous distraction, and a threat to forests and communities that will worsen the climate crisis rather than fix it.”

As concern about the climate crisis intensifies, the science is clear that halting destruction of forests, which includes respecting the territorial rights of communities and peoples who depend on forests, is among the most effective, proven, and available means of removing carbon from the atmosphere, and that undisturbed forests with diverse species, rich intact soils and deadwood store far more carbon than industrial tree plantations.

Despite this established science, the tree biotechnology industry and its allies in academia are cynically capitalizing on the climate crisis to promote their genetically engineered (GE) trees as a climate “solution”.

Yet GE trees and plantations threaten forests, communities and health, and they divert resources from proven effective and equitable solutions. GE trees will not solve climate change but exacerbate it by interfering with efforts to protect and regenerate forests.

Read the full statement. Download it in EnglishSpanishPortuguese and French


Faces Behind the Campaign

Meet the faces who make up the Campaign to STOP GE Trees. Lois Breault-Melican is a member of the American Chestnut Cooperators Foundation and is also on the Campaign to STOP GE Trees North American Coordinating Committee. Here’s what she had to say about working with the campaign.

“As a long time TACF member & chapter president, I was drawn into this genetic engineering vortex when TACF decided to include genetic engineering in their breeding program. Not really knowing all that much about this, I began to search out credible sources. When I came across the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, I felt like cheering! Having been labelled an “anti-science luddite” it was with a lot of joy that I realized this organization truly “gets” the worldwide significance of the risks of GE forests.

“As a chestnut grower dedicated to back cross breeding and working to bring chestnuts back to our forests, kitchens, and culture, I hope to spread the word about the role of hybrid chestnuts in the nascent Regenerative Agriculture movement as it is happening now and why, therefore it is not necessary to genetically engineer chestnuts.

To continue reading visit: https://stopgetrees.org/about-lois/

Take Action!

Organizational Spotlight

When GJEP identifies a group or organization whose non-for-profit work closely aligns with our mission, we may support their important work by becoming a fiscal sponsor. This helps them minimize bureaucracy so they can focus on their crucial work for ecological and social justice, forest protection and/or human rights. GJEP fiscally sponsors BiofuelWatch, North American Megadams Resistance Alliance, Vermont Street Medics, Save the Pine Barrens, NH PANTHER, A Center for Grassroots Organizing, and REDD-Monitor.


NH PANTHER’s mission is to help end racism and systemic bias through community engagement, direct mutual aid, education and curriculum reform, and youth empowerment.

NH PANTHER is a collective of youth, professionals, educators, mentors, and friends standing up for the rights of all the disparaged and marginalized in our communities. Particularly, they are here for the youth. They are here for all the youth whose lives deserve better than to witness or be subjected to police brutality, whose lives deserve better than to feel fear from within their community, whose lives deserve to be seen equally, whose lives deserve to be valued and seen sacred, whose lives deserve dignity.

For more information visit: https://nh-panther.squarespace.com

Photo: Steve Taylor

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