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Global Justice Ecology Project 

March Update

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advance climate justice & build alliances for systemic change!

Photo of the Month
GJEP Celebrates Women’s History Month & International Women’s Day

Radical Cheerleaders at World Bank Protest, Washington, DC, April 2004. Photo: Petermann/Global Justice Ecology Project

The World Bank has long been protested at its spring and fall meetings in Washington, DC due to its socially and ecologically disastrous policies, which are especially detrimental to women.  It is best known for making development loans to poor countries and forcing them to implement austerity programs to pay back the loans and their skyrocketing interest.  These austerity programs can include privatizing the country’s water and electricity, eliminating public health care programs, and selling off natural resources like forests to the lowest corporate bidder.

This photo was part of a 2015 GJEP exhibit by Anne Petermann titled Triumph and Tragedy: Movements for Change Around the World which can be found here.

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 KPFK Pacifica Los Angeles.

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

Earth Watch: Silvia Ribeiro On Geoengineering

Silvia Ribeiro is the Latin American Director of ETC Group (the Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) based in Mexico. She is a well-known lecturer, writer, editor and educator on emerging technologies (including geoengineering and biotechnology) and collaborates with a wide spectrum of Latin American organizations and social movements. Silvia is part of the editorial committee of the magazine ‘Biodiversidad, Sustento and Culturas’, and regularly publishes articles, including in Mexico’s ‘La Jornada’ and in Desinformemonos.org. With ETC group, Silvia has participated in the negotiations of several UN Treaties on biodiversity, food, environment. She has critically followed the debate and developments of geoengineering and its actors for over a decade.

Earth Minute: Environmental Impacts of Hydroelectric Dams

The environmental and social devastation caused by flooding millions of acres of wild ecosystems for hydroelectric dams belies the idea that these dams are “green” or “climate-friendly.” Dam reservoirs release vast amounts of methane, exacerbating climate change, and poisoning people and wildlife with methylmercury.

Global Justice Media News

Geoengineering on a Global Scale

In our conversation with Silvia Ribeiro, Latin American Director for ETC Group, we discuss geoengineering, the radical techno-fix to climate change. Geoengineering comprises dangerous attempts to alter climate on a global scale. Environmental groups are concerned with the unknown dangers of geoengineering, including its disproportionate risk to countries and people least responsible for global warming in the first place. Interview by Steve Taylor, Press Secretary of Global Justice Ecology Project.

Exclusive Interview With MOVE’s Mike Africa, Jr.

Mike Africa, Jr. Responds to City of Philadelphia Apology for 1985 Bombing of MOVE House. GJEP first interviewed Mike Africa, Jr. of the MOVE organization during the October 2019 North American Forest and Climate Movement Convergence, which GJEP co-organized, and where Mike was a keynote speaker. In this interview, we catch up with Mike to talk with him about what has happened in his life since that time. In the interview, he discusses his anger over the unjust handling of the Capital riots, a recent HBO documentary that features his work to free his parents from prison, and the apology issued by the city of Philadelphia to the MOVE organization over the 1985 bombing of a MOVE house which killed 11 including 5 children.

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

The mission of the Campaign to Stop GE Trees is to protect forests and biodiversity, and provide support to communities threatened by the dangerous release of genetically engineered (GE or genetically modified) trees. This year we’re celebrating 21 years of movement building work to spread the word about the threat of GE trees. We’re working to coordinate a national alliance of organizations, scientists, Indigenous peoples and others who have come together with the goal of protecting wild forests, biodiversity and communities from GE trees. Join us as we build our movement to stop the dangerous release of GE trees.

Take Action!

Organizational Spotlight
North American Megadam Resistance Alliance (NAMRA)

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, A Center for Grassroots Organizing, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, and REDD-Monitor.

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.

Call to action!

Sign NAMRA’s petition to Governor Baker in Massachusetts and Governor Mills in Maine to stop the NECEC corridor and to NYC Mayor DeBlasio to stop the CHPE corridor.

Upcoming webinar series: 

Three-part webinar series (2021): What’s new in the campaign to save rivers and their communities? Register here.

For more information:

Visit https://northeastmegadamresistance.org or keep in touch with NAMRA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Photo courtesy of NAMRA

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