Keep the Pressure on Brazil! No GE Trees!

Activists out front of the Brazilian Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.On  5 March, the Brazilian Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) was scheduled to decide whether to approve the commercial release of GE trees developed by FuturaGene. This meeting was cancelled after it was disrupted by activists, and after FuturaGene’s operations were taken over by 1,000 women earlier that same day.  

In addition, as part of the 3 March Emergency Day of Action, organizations on four continents went to Brazilian consulates and embassies to demand the rejection of GE trees and show solidarity with those protesting in Brazil.

Now we need your help again. The CTNBio meeting has been rescheduled for the 9th of April. CTNBio might approve this commercial release of genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus. That is, UNLESS there’s enough pressure, both nationally and globally, to change their mind.

On 30-31 March, take action in solidarity with Brazilian social movements and organizations to stop the legalization of socially and ecologically destructive GE trees.

  • Go to the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate nearest to you (see list of locations at the bottom of this post). Tell them why you’re there. Here’s some photos from the first Day of Action to inspire you!
  • Bring signs, banners and some friends. Please use English and/or your home language and Portuguese, if possible. Here are some suggested slogans! 

Brazil: No GMO Trees! / Brasil: Não às árvores transgênicas!

Brazil: STOP GMO Trees! / Brasil: Parem as árvores transgênicas!

  • Take some photos of you and your group with signs and banners in front of or inside the Embassy or Consulate and send them to us. This is crucial! We’ll include what we get in our press release on the action and any other media we produce.
  • Send those photos to our media coordinator, Kip, at either kip@stopgetrees.org OR media@stopgetrees.org.
  • And Tweet your photos and updates from your awesome action using the hashtag #stopgetrees.

And, finally, sign the petition to show your solidarity with those fighting GE trees in Brazil, and to tell the Brazilian Biosafety Commission to REJECT GE trees. 

Click here for the full list of Brazilian Embassies and Consulates

Brazilian Embassy and Consulates in the US and Canada:

USA

Brazilian Embassy in Washington
3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(+1) 202 238 2700
(+1) 202 238 2827
http://washington.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/

Brazilian Consulate General in Atlanta
3500 Lenox Road, Suite 800
One Alliance Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(+1) (404) 949-2400
info@atlantaconsulatebrazil.org
atlanta.itamaraty.gov.br

Brazilian Consulate General in Chicago
401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1850
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(+1) (312) 464 0244
central.chicago@itamaraty.gov.br
chicago.itamaraty.gov.br

Brazilian Consulate General in Hartford
One Constitution Plaza, ground floor
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
(+1) (860) 760 3100
(+1) (860) 760 3139
hartford.itamaraty.gov.br

Brazilian Consulate General in Houston
Park Tower North
1233 West Loop South, Suite 1150
Houston, Texas 77027
(+1) (281) 384 4966
cg.houston@itamaraty.gov.br

Brazilian Consulate General in Los Angeles
8484 Wilshire Boulevard, suite 300
Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, California 90211
(+1) (323) 651 2664
(+1) (323) 651 1274
losangeles.itamaraty.gov.br

Brazilian Consulate General in Miami
80 SW 8th Street, 26th floor
Miami, Florida 33130-3004
(+1) (305) 285 6200
miami.itamaraty.gov.br

 Brazilian Consulate General in New York
225 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017
(+1) (917) 777 7777
novayork.itamaraty.gov.br

Brazilian Consulate General in San Francisco
300 Montgomery Street, suite 300
San Francisco, California 94104
(+1) (415) 981 8170
(+1) (415) 986 4625
saofrancisco.itamaraty.gov.br

HONORARIES:

Honorary Consulate of Brazil in Fort Lauderdale
2385 N.W. Executive Center Drive, Suite 100
Boca Raton, Florida 33431 , United States
(+1) (561) 210-7192

Honarary Consulate in Seattle
World Trade Center West Building
2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 450
Seattle, WA 98121

Brazilian Consulate in Philadelphia
5415 N. Lawrence Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120
Mr Paul Thomas Johnson, Consul
(+1) (215) 275-6890

 Brazil Honorary Consulate in Salt Lake City
180 S 300 West, Suite 130
Salt Lake City, UT  84101
Gary Neeleman
Honorary Consul of Brazil
801.363.4936

Brazilian Consulate in San Diego
8047 Caminito Mallorca
La Jolla, California 92037
(+1) (858) 453-8383

Brazilian Consulate General in Phoenix
1322 E. Louis Way
Tempe, Arizona 85284
(+1) 480.656.0206
Caio Pagano, Consul General

Consulate General of Brazil in Norfolk
500 E Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 627-6286

 Brazilian Consulate in New Orleans
365 Canal Street, Suite 1600
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Mr David Paul Schulingkamp
(504) 561-6206

Brazilian Consulate in Memphis
1256 N. McLean Blvd.
Memphis, Tennessee 38108
Mr Edson P. Peredo, Consul
(+1) (901) 272-6505

Brazilian Consulate in Las Vegas
7205 Madonna Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89156
(+1) (702) 350 2999
Mr Luis Antonio de Souza e Silva

Brazilian Consulate in Honolulu
3056 Kalakaua Ave #7W
Honolulu, Hawaii
(+1) (808) 235-0571
Eric Guimaraes Crispin

 CANADA

Brazilian Consulate General in Vancouver
2020-666 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2X8
(+1) (604) 696 5311
(+1) (604) 696 5366
vancouver.itamaraty.gov.br

Brazilian Consulate General in Toronto
77 Bloor Street West, Suite 1109
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1M2
(+1) (416) 922 2503
(+1) (416) 922 1832
toronto.itamaraty.gov.br

Brazilian Embassy in Ottawa
450 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa
Ontario K1N 6M8
(+1) 613 237 1090
ottawa.itamaraty.gov.br

Brazilian Consulate General in Montreal
1 Wood Ave
Westmount, Quebec
(+1) (514) 499 0968
montreal.itamaraty.gov.br

Click here for the full list of Brazilian Embassies and Consulates

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