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Global Justice Ecology Project 

July Update

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Photo of the Month

Indigenous environmental defenders continue to have some of the most dangerous jobs in the world. More than five years after we first reported on the assassination of Berta Caceres, an Indigenous woman, Goldman Environmental Prize winner and ally in our work to defend the rights and lands of Indigenous Peoples in Central America, some justice has finally been won with the conviction of the man who masterminded her killing.

And earlier this spring, Mapuche Lonko and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Alberto Curamil (above in center of photo), was seriously injured when he was shot by Chilean National Police during a protest against the burning of a Mapuche home. In 2018 Curamil was arrested on trumped up charges following his successful organizing against a dam project on a Mapuche sacred river. In late 2019, while GJEP was in Chile to document and support the peoples’ uprising there, we attended Curamil’s trial to show support and solidarity and to help spread the word of his unjust imprisonment and trial. See below for details and links to more. Photo: Langelle/photolangelle.org

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/page-earth-radio/

Earth Watch: Jason Davidson on Climate Solutions

25 June 2021-Jason Davidson is a Senior Food and Agriculture Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, supporting the Bee Action Campaign. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, he interned at Climate Reality Project and served as a research assistant in the Geography Department at George Washington University. He holds a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Geographic Information Systems and American Studies from George Washington University.

Earth Watch: Anne Petermann on False Climate Solutions

10 June 2021-Anne Petermann is the Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project. She has been working on issues related to protecting forests and defending the rights of Indigenous peoples since 1990 and co-founded the first global campaign against genetically engineered trees in 2000. In the years since, she has presented the social and ecological dangers of genetically engineered trees at conferences, with community groups, and at the United Nations and other international fora on five continents. She currently coordinates the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, which she co-founded in 2014.

Earth Minute: Indigenous & Climate Activists Against Fossil Fuels

28 June 2021-On Wednesday, June 30th Indigenous peoples and climate activists are coming together to rally at the White House to end the era of fossil fuels. This day of action is a call for President Biden to protect people, instead of polluters, by ending fossil fuel projects and declaring a climate emergency. It is also a call to pass a climate justice infrastructure bill.

Earth Minute: Pride Month 2021

24 June 2021-June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month, marked by the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riot led by Black and Latinx trans and gender non-confirming individuals against police brutality.

Earth Minute: G7 Summit 2021

16 June 2021-7 of the world’s wealthiest nations, known as the G-7 countries, met in Cornwall for their annual summit to discuss a new climate change plan. While leaders agreed to end worldwide investments in coal and promised to help developing nations with the rising costs of climate change, they failed to make any concrete plans to reduce emissions.

Earth Minute: Genetically Modified Salmon 2021

9 June 2021-The world’s first genetically modified animal has been harvested by the biotech company Aquabounty at their aquaculture farm in Indiana. Aquabounty’s genetically modified Atlantic salmon are engineered to grow twice as fast as wild salmon, reaching market size in 18, rather than 36 months. They are already being sold unlabeled in restaurants in the US. Demand to know if the salmon on the menu is GE.

Global Justice Media News

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. Listen here


¡Berta Caceres Presente!

More than five years after we first reported on the assassination of Berta Caceres, an ally in our work to defend the rights and lands of Indigenous Peoples in Central America, finally some justice has been won with the conviction of the man who masterminded her killing. Here is the original story we ran on the murder, and above is a piece from Toward Freedom on yesterday’s conviction. The link above is from Toward Freedom on the conviction.

Fears for Chilean Indigenous Leader’s Safety After Police Shooting

Alberto Curamil, an award-winning environmental activist, was recently seriously injured during a protest against the burning of a Mapuche home. In late 2019, GJEP’s Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann were in Chile with Gary Hughes of Biofuelwatch and Alejandra Parra of RADA to document and support the peoples’ uprising there.  While in Temuco, Chile following work to document a Mapuche reoccupation of ancestral territory in Curacautín in the Araucanía region, they attended the trial of Lonko Alberto Curamíl to show support and solidarity and to help spread the word of his unjust imprisonment and trial. You can read more about Curamil and GJEP’s work in Chile in solidarity with the Mapuche here.

The True Costs of Hydro Quebec

In 2010, Vermont lawmakers lifted the cap on hydropower and became one of the only states that allows utilities to meet their renewable energy requirements with electricity generated by large-scale hydropower. About 62 percent of the electricity we use here in Vermont now comes from hydropower and about half of that is from Hydro Quebec’s mega-dams. While this energy is technically “renewable” in the sense that it relies on a fuel source that replenishes itself in a short time period, it definitely isn’t clean.

Thirty years ago, in 1991, GJEP Co-founders Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle joined the Vermont coalition effort to stop the megadam-age caused by Hydro Quebec’s plans to dam up all of the major rivers running into James Bay.  This included a 1993 documentary expedition to the region to meet with Cree leaders and activists about their opposition to HQ’s then-plans to dam the Great Whale (Whapmagoostui) river.

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

Faces Behind the Campaign

Meet the faces who are part of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees. Rachel Smolker  is the Co-director of Biofuelwatch and a member of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees steering committee. Here’s what she had to say about her journey to working with the campaign. 

“I grew up in a family of environmental activists. My father, an ornithologist, was troubled by eggshell thinning in predatory birds, a result of DDT use. He and some friends founded the Environmental Defense Fund in our family’s living room and worked to ban the pesticide. I loved the natural world and spent my childhood raising orphaned critters. Later I went to UC California Santa Cruz where I got involved in research on marine mammals, ultimately leading to a 16 year long project studying wild dolphins in West Australia (read my book!). I went on to graduate school at the University of Michigan where I earned a PhD in biology. Over the years I worked as on a wide range of field biology projects, especially involving marine mammals and various primates, including in 1984 a trip to SE Asia to tour and volunteer at orangutan rehabilitation centers.

“Fast forward more than two decades I was living in Vermont with two children entering school. I needed something, and like many others, I found Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle who were at the time living in the same town. At that time, climate was becoming the overarching concern and the biofuel craze was just beginning. When I learned about the impact of rising demand for palmoil biofuels on orangutans, my resolve became very solid! That in turn led me to Biofuelwatch and to the Campaign to Stop GE Trees.

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

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Organizational Spotlight

GJEP enables small non-profits to focus their energy on their important work by acting as a fiscal sponsor. This helps them minimize bureaucracy so they can focus on their missions. These groups are doing crucial work for ecological and social justice, forest protection and human rights and include BiofuelWatch, North American Megadams Resistance Alliance, Vermont Street Medics, Save the Pine Barrens, A Center for Grassroots Organizing, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, and REDD-Monitor.

North American Megadam Resistance Alliance (NAMRA)

NAMRA’s mission is to protect rivers and their communities by resisting megadams and associated transmission corridors. NAMRA seeks to:

  • Debunk the myth that Canadian hydropower is “clean” and renewable energy, and
  • Shut down markets for dirty Canadian hydropower by stopping transmission corridors to the U.S.
  • Promote alternatives to fossil fuels and megadam hydropower– such as conservation and efficiency.

Breaking News & Updates

June 28, 2021-Amnesty Voices Support For Kosovo Activists Raising Concerns Over Hydropower Plants

June 21, 2021-Amazon hydropower plant contributes significant greenhouse emissions: study

June 13, 2021-Indigenous people being ignored by hydro dam operators

June 11, 2021-CMP Corridor: What it is and why it should be rejected

June 5, 2021-Conservation groups set to sue major hydro plant owner over Kennebec dam operations

June 4, 2021-Our hydro dams are bubbling up climate-warming methane

June 3, 2021-Estimate of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) for the future Site C Hydropower Project in British Columbia

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