easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 09-02-07

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Action Alerts

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Protest Destruction of Colombian Rainforests and Livelihoods to Feed Automobiles
It is gravely unethical and ecologically devastating to expand production of biofuels at the expense of ancient primary rainforests, biodiverse grasslands, local communities and their food sovereignty.

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Police Officer Accused of Killing K-9 Partner
“Take Action” to ask State Attorney to seek maximum sentence

In Defense of Animals (IDA): New York Passes Fur Labeling Legislation
“Take Action” to ask Congress to pass federal fur labeling bill

Newsletters

Best Friends Animal Society: eNews: August 31, 2007
Cats from hoarding situation safe at Best Friends

Dr. Greger’s Pandemic Update: August 2007
World Health Organization Calls Attention to Poultry Intensification; What Are the Odds a Pandemic Will Strike Within the Next Year?

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews: August 29, 2007
IDA Action Alerts, Campaign News & Updates

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-25-07

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Action Alerts

Animal Protection Institute (API): Urge USDA to Get Luna and Tonka off the Road
Please contact the USDA today and urge it to step in and require that Ringling Bros. retire Luna and Tonka from travel — for the elephants’ own health and well-being, and for the safety of the public.

Ecological Internet / Climate Ark: Protest Australia’s Ancient Forest Logging and Climate Change Eco-Hypocrisy
Dramatic efforts required to stop the expansion of Tasmanian old-growth forest logging by construction of a massive new paper pulp mill by Gunns Ltd

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell the NFL to Recognize Animal Abuse as an Offense Warranting Suspension–and More
PETA is calling on the NFL to add cruelty to animals—in all its forms—to its personal conduct policy.

Newsletters

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): News Alert: August 24, 2007
ASPCA Applauds Investigation of Vick Case/Pet Food Recall Update

Best Friends Animal Society: eNews, August 24, 2007
Hundreds of orphan pets rescued by Best Friends Network

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-17-07

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Freedom Campaign: Encourage the presidential candidates to sign the American Freedom Pledge
I pledge to fight to protect and defend the Constitution from assault by any President.

Animal Welfare Institute (AWI): Pro-Animal Bills Pending in U.S. Congress: Please Visit Your Legislators
Pet Safety Protection Act, American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act & Dog Fighting Prohibition Act

Consumer’s Union: Don’t lick Elmo!
Urge your members of Congress to ensure that the products and food that end up on our shelves are safe.

Earthjustice: Stop the Owl Extinction Plan: Political Interference Puts Birds, Forests, and Science At Risk
Please take action to tell the Fish and Wildlife Service by August 24 not to bow to the timber industry while our nation’s forests, rivers, and wildlife pay the price.

Ecological Internet / Climate Ark: Jet-Setting Leonardo DiCaprio the Convenient Environmentalist
Growth in aviation threatens the Planet, celebrities flying in private jets are no friend to the environment, and shared climate sacrifice means the super-rich must swear off jet-setting ways.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-14-07

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch glamour-fun alert: Farm Sanctuary Gala, Beverly Hills, Saturday September 8, 2007
The Farm Sanctuary Gala is at the classic Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, September 8.

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Stop Ocean City, New Jersey from Using Ancient Rainforest Timbers for Boardwalk Decking
An important precedent must be set that industrial logging of ancient forests, even if FSC “certified”, must end

The Sierra Club: Support Legislation to Stop Global Warming
Urge your Representative to support the Sanders-Boxer Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act!

The Sierra Club: Fight Logging Road Subsidies!
We need Congress to stand firm and oppose logging road subsidies in the Tongass National Forest.

True Majority: Sign the American Freedom Petition
Tell Congress to take back their permission for warrantless spying on Americans

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-06-07

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Action Alerts

Animals Australia: Howard Government OK’s barbaric slaughter in Australia

DawnWatch: Beautiful Newsweek rabbi’s commentary on zoos — posted August 1, 2007

DawnWatch: “‘Culture’ Argument Doesn’t Excuse Cruelty” — Richmond Times-Dispatch 8/6/07

Ecological Internet / Climate Ark: Please Tell the EU: Don’t Sacrifice Birds and Ecosystems for Biofuel Expansion

Petitions

Save Romania’s Zoo Animals from Slaughter

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-04-07

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Action Alerts

What do you think about the SCLC’s plan to honor Falcons player Michael Vick, who has been indicted on dogfighting charges?
Poll and story on AJC.com, 8/3/07

Environmental Defense (ED): Send Congress Their Global Warming To-Do List
We need your help to keep Congress focused on the need to pass strong global warming legislation this year.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Last Chance–Help Pass a Renewable Electricity Standard in the House Energy Bill
Urge Your Member of Congress to “Vote YES on RES!”

The Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): Help End the Omak Suicide Race
It’s “The Deadliest Horse Race in the World” and it’s right here in Washington

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-31-07

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Interesting Huffington Post blog, “Humane Meat: A Contradiction in Terms.” 7/31/07

DawnWatch: CS Monitor on Covance — and gruesome footage on PCRM site 7/31/07

Dawnwatch: NY Times factory farm editorial cries out for animal advocacy letters 7/31/07

DawnWatch: Nike drops Vic plus NY Times spay-neuter column 7/30/07

DawnWatch: Awful circus fluff piece on NY1 — 7/30/07

Greenpeace: Tell Congress: Get It Right On Global Warming

Kinship Circle: DUE 7/31 – Ask House To Uphold Horse Slaughter Ban

The Sierra Club: Oppose Illegal Logging!

Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL): URGENT: U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Horse Slaughter / Support Spratt-Whitfield-Rahall-Chandler Amendment

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: PRESS RELEASE: “Certified” Ancient Forest Logging Tragedy Worsens

Free Speech Hosting: 11 Web Hosts That Won’t Dump You at the First Sign of Controversy (Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).)

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Victory! Sheldon Horses Spared!

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Victory: Burton Snowboards Goes Fur-Free

Newsletters

The Sierra Club: Club Currents: Volume VI, #75: July 31, 2007

Petitions

Protect the Gray Wolf From the Bush Administration!

Stop the harp seal annual slaughter!

Ban Michael Vick From The NFL

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-29-07

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Action Alerts

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Action Alert: FSC and Big Green “Certified” Ancient Forest Logging Tragedy Worsens

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Make the call for global warming solutions

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Undercover at Rubashkin’s… Again

Found on Flickr: Help “Bobo” (“Scruffy”) the Bear, via DonBaird

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Campaign to Sack Michael Vick

Carnivals

Michael Vick Blog Carnival #1 (July 28, 2007 @ Campaign to Sack Michael Vick)

Newsletters

Best Friends Animal Society: Miracles at “Area 51”!

Petitions

Officers Find Dead, Sick Horses In N. Texas Field

Tell the Alameda Animal Shelter there MUST be a dog volunteer program!

Kill the 90-day policy at the Bergen County Animal Shelter (BCAS)

Citizens Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)

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Ecological Internet: Protect Uganda’s Mabira Rainforest Preserve from Sugar Production for Biofuel

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Protect Uganda’s Mabira Rainforest Preserve from Sugar Production for Biofuel

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni continues to pursue legally dubious plans to destroy large areas of the Mabira Forest Reserve, Uganda’s most important intact and protected rainforest, to produce sugar for biofuels. Some one-third of the reserve, about 7,000 hectares of an area which has been protected since 1932, will lose its protection for sugar cane production by the Mehta Group of India’s “Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited” (Scoul). Earlier indications had been that the project was to be reviewed and cancelled, illustrating once again that no rainforest is protected for long. […]

Continued destruction of Uganda’s surviving forests will have further grave ecological consequences — threatening ecotourism revenues, rare species, and causing soil erosion and water pollution. Local people are critically dependent upon remaining forests for firewood and building houses. The forest absorbs pollution in an industrial area, sinking millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide, and helps maintain central Uganda’s wet climate. Their removal would bring drier weather and hurt crop yields. Mabira is a watershed for two rivers contributing to the Nile, an ecological stabilizer between two major industrial towns and it protects Lake Victoria. According to the Uganda Tourism Board, eco-tourism generated some $300 million for Uganda last year.

What is so exciting is that this cyber-protest is in support of one of Africa’s first grassroots modern ecological protest campaigns – with local peoples organizing boycotts against Scoul sugar company, setting up cyber-petitions and text messaging via cell phones to organize protests. A dramatic discussion is being held in Ugandan society and in the media regarding the legitimacy of giving away forest reserves to private business interests. Efforts to save Mabira rainforest are a spontaneous, home-grown rainforest conservation protest that deserves the international community’s continued support.

Click here to learn more and take action.

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Ecological Internet: Greenpeace, Come Clean and Stop Supporting Ancient Rainforest Logging

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Greenpeace, Come Clean and Stop Supporting Ancient Rainforest Logging

There is no denying the fact that Greenpeace supports Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) efforts to certify logging of primary and old-growth forests as environmentally acceptable. It is a matter of public record. FSC’s international board is chaired by a Greenpeace forest campaigner and they have long promoted FSC as the source of “green” timber. Greenpeace supports industrial ancient forest logging even as they are apparently suppressing their own report on specific problematic forest certifications. Transparency and depth of ecological understanding are not Greenpeace’s strength.

When the whole notion of certified logging in ancient rainforests is questioned, the Greenpeace PR machine shifts into full gear and seeks to mislead rather than respond substantively to the concerns of those working to end ancient forest logging as a key response to climate change and requirement for global ecological sustainability. Critical questions remain unanswered. How does industrial logging protect ancient forests? When in a particular situation does Greenpeace support ancient forest logging and when do they not? What body of ecological science and experience does Greenpeace have to support its stance?

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Ecological Internet: Stop WWF’s Betrayal of the Earth’s Last Ancient Forests

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Note: Previous related alerts available here.

Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Stop WWF’s Betrayal of the Earth’s Last Ancient Forests

For many years the international conservation group WWF has supported Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that first-time logging of ancient primary and old-growth forests is “sustainable”. Millions of hectares of intact, large rainforest ecosystems have been and are being heavily industrially logged for the first time with WWF and FSC’s stamp of approval. Ecological Internet (EI) recently reported upon Samling of Malaysia’s activities in Guyana under the name of Barama (1.3 million ha/3.2 million acres), which received significant international bank financing based upon assurances provided by WWF and an FSC certificate of good forest management.

Sadly, WWF’s partnering with this particular rainforest destroyer in Guyana is not at all unique. Similar large-scale, often illegal and highly socially and environmentally destructive logging of ancient forests in the Congo basin countries, Russia, and Indonesia continue with the blessing of WWF and FSC as their official policy. WWF’s greenwashing, and propagation and subsidizing of the myth of “sustainable ancient forest logging”, may be the greatest threat to the world’s remaining ancient forests.

WWF’s unquestioning support for certified logging of ancient forests has placed them in the highly controversial position of supporting loggers against local protests, as well as at odds with ecological science’s requirements for global forest and climate sustainability. Their efforts go well beyond promotion, as WWF’s “Global Forest and Trade Network” (GFTN) program is highly likely accepting undisclosed amounts of money from industrial loggers to promote their certification to FSC standards. And they continue to advocate on their behalf even when these standards are not met. As evidence questioning their basic premise that industrial logging of millions of years old ecosystems is environmentally desirable or even possible continues to build, WWF has resorted to trying to cover-up the depth to which they are driving the ancient forest logging business. Indeed, WWF is acting like a Public Relations agency for destructive and criminal logging. […]

WWF is betraying the global ancient forest protection movement. Its embrace of questionable certifications provides greenwashing to allow industrial ancient rainforest logging to continue. WWF and other ancient forest logging apologists must commit to working to End Ancient Forest Logging — a complete cessation of industrial development in the world’s remaining primary and old-growth forests. This is a global imperative given looming climate change, species extinction and continued indigenous abuses by rapacious “legal” and illegal industrial loggers. Ultimately, just like any big multinational corporation, as it seems to be only money that now interests WWF, we have to make it cost them more to have these deals with logging companies than they get from the deals themselves. Protest against a World Without ancient Forests (WWF) and demand they cease their support for industrial scaled logging of primary and old-growth forests.

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Ecological Internet: Call for Fast Tracking of New Strengthened post-Kyoto Agreement

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Via Ecological Internet / Climate Ark:

Call for Fast Tracking of New Strengthened post-Kyoto Agreement

More than 1,000 government delegates are now meeting in Bonn to try to break gridlock in international climate change negotiations amid widening public concern and widely evident global warming impacts. This is the first time government climate delegations have met since the U.N. sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a spate of reports this year, drawing on the studies of some 2,500 scientists, which predict grim consequences of global warming if swift action is not taken. These climate change policy-makers must be challenged to develop a strengthened Kyoto regime as soon as possible that transitions the world to low carbon societies. […]

With the strengthened science, evident climate impacts now, and the rapidity of their advancement; negotiations must commence immediately, or at the latest in Bali in December, for a strengthened and expanded Kyoto system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This can not wait until 2012 when the present Kyoto protocol expires. As was done to successfully address the ozone hole under the Montreal Protocol, timetables must be advanced and mandatory participation in emission cuts expanded if the world is not to burn.

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Ecological Internet: Work to Save the Congo Rainforest

Monday, April 30th, 2007

UPDATE, 5/8/07:

Just thought I’d share Greenpeace’s reply to my letter re: their stance on “sustainable forest management” in the Congo Rainforest, detailed in the Ecological Internet alert below. If nothing else, it provides further opportunities to take action on this issue.

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From: Greenpeace – greenpeace [at] activism.greenpeace.org
Date: May 8, 2007 9:37 AM
Subject: Congo Rainforest

Dear Forest Friend,

Thanks for your email about the Congo Rainforest. We agree with you about the need to protect the Congo forests from industrial logging and have been campaigning to make sure it happens as soon as possible.

The threats facing the world’s last ancient forests are huge, so it is important that we all combine our efforts to stop those responsible for forest destruction, the logging companies and the financial organisations that fund them.

Only a few of weeks ago we released a major report called ‘Carving up the Congo’ that showed the complete failure of industrial logging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in alleviating poverty and the terrible toll this type of logging has had on the regions forests and amazing wildlife.

We are campaigning around the world, including with local NGO’s in the DRC, to ensure alternatives to industrial logging are implemented in the Congo as a way of keeping the forest standing and alleviating poverty. For the past 10 years Greenpeace has also been actively supporting indigenous peoples’ rights and community use ‘solutions’ as alternatives to large-scale destructive logging.

Check out the video and photo story from our recent visit to the Congo forests. http://www.email.greenpeace.org/lhhtwsg_qiopreol.html

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Ecological Internet: Stop Malaysian Samling Group – Global Leaders in Rainforest Destruction

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/1/07, via Ecological Internet:

VICTORY: Amerindians Force Samling to Stop Some Illegal Logging in Guyana

Yet another stunning victory for Ecological Internet’s (EI) Earth Action Network and partners, as Amerindian Villages in Guyana where Barama/Samling has been logging illegally have thrown Samling out of those communities. Or depending upon how you spin it, Samling withdrew after being told in no uncertain terms that the residents and Council did not want the logging company there. If only every community with ancient forests undergoing logging on their lands (legal or illegal) that they do not desire were to be given the choice of just saying no. Most of the tropical timber industry would be shut down tomorrow, WWF and Greenpeace would be without a forest conservation program, and prospects for global forest and ecological sustainability would increase dramatically.

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Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Stop Malaysian Samling Group – Global Leaders in Rainforest Destruction

In the South American state of Guyana, the Akawini Amerindian Village has asked the Government to help end an agreement with a Samling-subsidiary. Their council has said that the villagers were threatened with court action unless they signed an agreement allowing logging on their lands by Guyanese Samling subsidiary Barama Co. Ltd. “As soon as the agreement was signed we saw heavy duty machinery such as bulldozers, logging trucks and excavators come onto our village lands.” The Amerindians fear the destruction and loss of their forest resources through the Samling subsidiary’s activities that they were coerced into approving. Barama’s Forest Stewardship Council certification partially paid for by WWF on 570,000 hectares of tropical forest was suspended because of such landowner swindles in the Northwest Region of Guyana, further making a mockery of “certification” of sustainable ancient rainforest logging.

Please send the email [here] targeting the banks funding Samling; Credit Suisse, HSBC and Macquaries Securities Ltd., asking them for a public statement to withdraw their support to Samling and refund of IPO profits. Let these rainforest destroying banks, Malaysian tourism and business, and Malaysian government know that globally all remaining large and intact rainforests must be permanently protected from industrial development; and they can expect boycotts and further protests should the barbarous Malaysian industrial timber industry not be disbanded.

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Ecological Internet: Last Chance to Stop Great Ugandan Mabira Rainforest Give-Away

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

UPDATE, 5/29/07, via Ecological Internet:

See also EI’s 5/27 press release, PRESS RELEASE/VICTORY: Important Ugandan Protected Area Saved from “Deforestation Biofuels”, 2nd Major Rainforest Spared in a Week.

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UPDATE, 5/23/07, via Ecological Internet:

VICTORY: Ugandan Protected Rainforests Saved from Clearing for Plantation

Whoo, whoo a major rainforest victory! Uganda’s cabinet has suspended a proposal to give away part of the Mabira rainforest near its capital and on the shore of Lake Victoria [more | search]. The significance of the protection remaining on this important Ugandan rainforest from sugar cane production (possibly for biofuel) lies not in the extent of the area — some 7,000 hectares were to be removed from the area — but more in the cooperation between local and international civil society to bring about the victory. Local activists organized boycotts of the sugar company that was to expand into the area. And Ecological Internet internationalized the issue, with 8,627 Earth Action Network participants generating 1,833,279 protest emails to the parliament that has now blocked the project.

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UPDATE, 4/12/07, via Ecological Internet:

UPDATE: Ugandan police have opened fire at hundreds of Mabira rainforest protection campaigners in Uganda protesting against government plans to allocate forest land to a sugar company. Ecological Internet is sad to report that two local rainforest conservationists, protesting to save the Mabira protected rainforest from being 1/3 cleared for sugar cane have, were shot dead when protesting as well as two innocent bystanders were beat to death. Stopping the “Great Mabira Rainforest Give-Away” has been something the Ecological Internet Earth Action Network has been deeply involved with internationally (media coverage below). This in support of one of Africa’s first grassroots modern ecological protest campaigns – with local peoples organizing boycotts against the sugar company involved, setting up cyber-petitions and text messaging via cell phones to organize protests. Efforts to save Mabira rainforest are a spontaneous, home-grown rainforest conservation protest that deserves our continued support.

Search “Mabira”…

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Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Last Chance to Stop Great Ugandan Mabira Rainforest Give-Away

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni continues to pursue legally dubious plans to destroy large areas of Uganda’s last important intact and protected rainforests. Some one-third of Mabira Forest Reserve, about 7,000 hectares of an area which has been protected since 1932, will lose its protection for sugar cane production by the Mehta Group. Ecological Internet was the first to bring a thriving Ugandan rainforest protection and protest movement to an international audience. Since that time many more local and international groups have joined the campaign, and a dramatic discussion is being held in Ugandan society and in the media regarding the legitimacy of giving away forest reserves to private business interests. What is so exciting is that the level of protest in Uganda is substantial and growing, with boycotts of the sugar company and online petitions. […]

Mabira must be protected to maintain water, biodiversity and future development potential. But already the movement for sustainable rainforest use and development in Uganda has won. Maintaining and expanding rainforest protection has been established as a critical pillar of climate change mitigation, water availability and national ecological sustainability for Uganda’s future. Please contact President the entire Ugandan parliament, and Ugandan ministries and embassies and insist that these projects be abandoned, and Uganda’s remaining rainforest strictly protected as ecological reserves while restoring forests where they historically occurred.

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Ecological Internet: Indonesia’s Biofuel Expansion on Rainforest Peatlands to Accelerate Climate Change

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Via Ecological Internet:

Indonesia’s Biofuel Expansion on Rainforest Peatlands to Accelerate Climate Change

Indonesia’s biofuel expansion spurred on largely by the European market is likely to be the death-knoll for most of Indonesia’s remaining rainforests and peatlands. Far from reducing climate change emissions, it will rapidly release up to 50 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of over 6 years of global fossil fuel emissions and could well make the generally accepted 2 degree C of warming that is considered “dangerous” unavoidable. This surge of carbon originating in cleared peatland rainforests alone could well take the planet to beyond the climate tipping point, releasing major feedbacks which worsen global heating such as large-scale methane release from permafrost and ocean clathrates, and causing the rapid break-up of the ice shelves and unstoppable mass extinctions.

Already, Indonesia’s carbon emissions from peat drainage and fires put the country in third place for CO2 emissions worldwide. A recent study has found that one ton of biodiesel made from palm oil grown on Southeast Asia’s peatlands is linked to the emission of 10-30 tons of carbon dioxide. Shockingly, this is 2-8 times as much carbon released as in production of a ton of fossil fuel diesel. Far from helping with development, monoculture plantations have been linked to increased rural poverty and hundreds of conflicts over land rights. […]

Please write to the Indonesian government now to express your grave concerns over biofuel expansion plans which threaten to further destroy rainforests and peatlands, and to thus dangerously accelerate global warming.

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Ecological Internet: End Clearcut Logging of Ancient Old-Growth Forest Wilderness in Northern Finland

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

Via Ecological Internet / EcoEarth.info:

End Clearcut Logging of Ancient Old-Growth Forest Wilderness in Northern Finland

The Finnish government is destroying the largest unprotected ancient forests in Finland. Only 4.4 percent of Finnish forests are classified old-growth forests. Still a large part of the little that remains is in danger of being destroyed. In Finnish Lapland the state owned logging company Metsähallitus has started clearcut logging huge areas of old-growth forests in November despite the strong national support for protection and several international biodiversity declarations Finland has signed. Logging and road construction have already started or are being planned in at least six areas. […]

Please ask for an immediate end to these outrageous ancient forest loggings. Let the Finnish government know that the Age of Ancient Forest Logging is over; and that all remaining old-growth and primary forests must be protected and assisted to expand and restore themselves. Global ecological sustainability, climate stabilization and biodiversity conservation are all dependent doing so.

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Ecological Internet: Brazil Approves Deforestation of Important Amazon Reserve

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

UPDATE, 2/12/07, via Ecological Internet:

Efforts by the State Government of Mato Grosso, Brazil, to drastically reduce the size of Cristalino State Park, one of the Amazon’s most biodiverse reserves, have been stymied by exemplary on the ground organizing by Fauna and Flora International (FFI), many local groups and supportive international protests by Ecological Internet’s (EI) Earth Action network. An important precedent has been set regarding the strength and permanence of protected status for ancient rainforests under Brazilian law. […]

The announcement effectively grants the park a reprieve from destruction, but FFI, EI and the Cristalino Ecological Foundation (CEF) will continue to monitor the situation. FFI will continue to strengthen CEF as the guardians of this area, and will also work with other local NGOs and the Environmental Authorities to complete the management plan for Cristalino and create an effective management entity to prevent this kind of threat in the future.

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Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Brazil Approves Deforestation of Important Amazon Reserve

The State Government of Mato Grosso, Brazil, has voted to drastically reduce one of the Amazon’s most biodiverse reserves. What is at stake is the strength and permanence of protected status for ancient rainforests under Brazilian law. The Cristalino State Park is a world-renowned ecotourism destination, whose 184,000 hectares are home to over 550 species of birds, and protects endangered species like the white-whiskered spider monkey. Some 27,000 hectares of its forest will now lose protected status; becoming vulnerable to logging, cattle ranching and agribusiness. State Governor Blairo Maggi initially vetoed the reduction of the park on the grounds that it would “be seen as endorsing illegal occupancy and deforestation of public lands”, and that it would suggest Brazilian environmental law can be flouted. The veto was short-lived, however, as members of the Mato Grosso House of Representatives immediately overturned it. […]

Please contact key players in Brazil’s Federal and State governments, and let them know that removal of protected status so easily from preserved Amazonian ancient rainforests is simply unacceptable.

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Ecological Internet: Europe Must End Their "Deforestation Biofuel" Energy Policy

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Action Alert: Europe Must End Their “Deforestation Biofuel” Energy Policy

The campaign to stop Europe’s “Deforestation Biofuel” Energy Policy is now at an important decision point, as the European Commission is expected to finalize the “Biomass Action Plan” policy by January 10th for biofuels sourced from plantations cleared from ancient rainforests. Earlier the European Parliament voted on the plan, and though they acknowledged a lack of clear environmental standards and safeguards could have significant negative effects, such as an increase in tropical deforestation and agriculture intensification and biodiversity losses in Europe and abroad, while failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly; they still voted for rapid market expansion before safeguards are put in place.

The European Parliament also voted to abolish compulsory conservation set-asides in Europe – even though it has been shown that agricultural intensification for biofuels will cause a large-scale decline in biodiversity across Europe. Finally, the European Parliament reportedly voted to class peat as a long-term renewable form of energy and biomass. Peat has as much or more carbon per ton as other fossil fuels, and clearly should not be classed as renewable energy.

Please tell the European Commission now that they must prevent biofuels from causing ever greater deforestation, biodiversity losses, and evictions and impoverishment of local communities both in tropical rainforests and Europe. Unrestrained industrial biofuel expansion will accelerate, not slow down climate change, as peatlands, rainforests, forests and croplands across the world are converted to energy crop monocultures and release their carbon in the process.

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Ecological Internet: Protest Plans to Destroy Uganda’s Few Remaining Rainforests for Plantations

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

UPDATE (via Ecological Internet), 1/12/07:

UPDATE – Jan 12, 2007: The rainforest destruction crisis in Uganda, which we first informed you of in December, has worsened considerably. The Ugandan President now proposes to degazette over nine additional municipal forest reserves, presumably to spur industrial and agricultural development. This is in addition to two existing proposed large agricultural plantation projects in Uganda’s important protected rainforests, and those that buffer Lake Victoria, to grow palm oil and sugar cane crops. Destruction of Uganda’s surviving forests will have grave ecological consequences, changing the country’s climate including more frequent droughts and floods, threatening hundreds of rare species, sparking soil erosion, and further reducing the health and water volume of Lake Victoria by removing a crucial buffer against pollution. Please contact the Ugandan government to insist these projects be abandoned and that existing protected forests maintain their status, informing the government that Uganda needs more not less protected intact rainforests if they are to develop in an ecologically sustainable manner and have any hope of alleviating poverty in the long-term.

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Via Ecological Internet:

Protest Plans to Destroy Uganda’s Few Remaining Rainforests for Plantations

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is pursuing legally dubious plans to destroy much of Uganda’s last few rainforests to grow palm oil and sugar cane crops. Uganda has long been facing a deforestation crisis, with forests covering 20 percent of Uganda 40 years ago, but now just covering seven percent. Loss of forest cover in Uganda has had devastating ecological impacts which will be intensified by the proposed projects. Deforestation has been directly responsible for declining levels of waters in Lake Victoria and the River Nile, resulting in a scarcity of drinking water and reduction in hydroelectric energy production. The whole matter seems to reflect a desperate power
grab by the President to reward cronies under false and illusory promises of industrialization. The government has no legal mandate to give out constitutionally protected forest reserves to be cut down by private companies.

Please contact President Yoweri Museveni, the entire Ugandan parliament, and Ugandan ministries and embassies and insist that these projects be abandoned, and Uganda’s remaining rainforest strictly protected as ecological reserves while restoring forests where they
historically occurred.

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