Your immediate action is requested to urge Ecuador's President Correa to immediately reverse his decision to shut down NGOs that are standing in solidarity to protect the Amazon and the rights of nature and humankind.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2013, President Correa closed down our Quito-based sister organization, Fundación Pachamama, after falsely accusing it of fomenting violence and dissent against oil development in the Amazon. More than 10 police officers entered their offices during the shutdown.
Stop Old-Growth Logging Near Crater Lake National Park !
The Park administration is poised to shift gears and return to the bad old days of ancient forest logging and massive road construction in the remote wildlands adjacent to the western boundary of Crater Lake National Park.
Ecuador’s Sani Isla Kichwa people have asked for our help to stop the government turning their forest home into an oil field.
The roar of a chainsaw shatters the peaceful calm of the Karelia forest in Northwestern Russia. A logger carves into an exquisite giant — a 600-year-old tree — with expert precision. Within minutes, he has masterfully sliced through tree rings, added the felled tree to a growing pile, and moved on to the next.
These trees — part of Russia’s last remaining old-growth forests — will be chopped up to make cutting boards, wooden spoons and other items for IKEA. IKEA has built a reputation around sustainability and tells its customers, literally, “We Love Wood”, and that the furniture they buy will not contain wood from old-growth forests. But a new report shows that IKEA is clear-cutting Russia’s remaining ancient forests and destroying hundreds of thousands of unique animal species for profit. If it doesn’t stop now, there may be no trees left.
Use the form on the right to send a message to IKEA CEO Mikael Ohlsson telling IKEA to stop clear-cutting Russia’s ancient old-growth forests.
IKEA is the third-largest purchaser of wood in the world, behind Home Depot and Lowe’s, and roughly 60 percent of the products stocked in IKEA’s 300 department stores across the globe contain wood of some form. IKEA already decimates 1,400 acres of forest a year – that’s why it purchased this enormous swath of over 740,000 acres of Russia’s Karelia lush boreal forests — for expansion.
IKEA is trying to convince customers that it adheres to the strictest environmental standards, and only uses wood sourced in economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable ways. But a Swedish conservation group discovered that IKEA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Swedwood, is clear-cutting the last of Karelia’s old-growth forests from areas of high conservation and devastating invaluable forest ecosystems in the process. This directly violates the minimum requirements IKEA has set for its timber.
IKEA truly cares about its sustainable image and internationally-known brand and is especially vulnerable to public pressure from SumOfUs.org members. That’s why it is important we send a strong message now.
As a world leader in the furniture industry and one of the world’s largest companies, with over $30 billion in profits between 2000 and 2008, IKEA has the means to make its forestry practices more ecologically friendly and needs to stop misleading its customers.
The tiny village of Saül is nestled in the heart of the French Guianese rainforest. For the handful of nature lovers and researchers that arrive there by air, the hamlet is the starting point for tours and expeditions in the still largely unspoiled South American jungle. The visitors are the economic mainstay of the local population. No roads lead to the outside world.
Founded in 2007, the 33,900 square kilometers of the Guiana Amazonian Park is a place of tremendous biodiversity: in addition to jaguars, pumas and tapirs, it is home to 186 other mammal species, as well as 718 bird, 480 freshwater fish, and 261 reptile and amphibian species. And the list – which also includes more than 1,200 species of trees – is continuously growing thanks to new discoveries.
“The future of Saül depends on the incomparable appeal that the richness of nature has for visitors, be they ecotourists or researchers”, as the park’s director, Frédéric Mortier, noted as early as 2009. Then as now, he rejects the application by REXMA, a French mining company, to exploit the Limonade river for gold.
Nevertheless, on October 26, 2012, French industry minister Arnaud Montebourg in faraway Paris awarded the mining permit. As an overseas region, French Guiana is a part of France and the EU.
The “Limonade permit” grants the company the right to dig for gold in the rainforest soil and river sediment within an area of ten square kilometers, and use highly toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that would inflict lasting damage to the region’s ecosystems.
Please support the people of Saül and help them save the rainforest in French Guiana from gold mining. The mining permit must be annulled immediately.
Start of campaign: Jan 22, 2013
Please support Ecuador's Kichwa villagers, who the Guardian newspaper reports vow to resist oil prospecting by state-backed company Petroamazonas at all costs. The Kichwa tribe has said they are ready to fight to the death to protect their rainforests which cover 70,000 hectares, adjacent and part of Yasuni National Park, and huge additional Ecuadorean rainforests are threatened by new industrial oil auctions as well. Industrial development of rainforests for oil in the Amazon has a long history of destroying ecosystems including fouling water. Tell President Correa standing, intact old-growth forest ecosystems are a requirement for local advancement, and local and global ecological sustainability; and demand the invasion of indigenous nations' rainforests be halted.
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Ask Premier Carpenter and Opposition Leader Barnett to protect WA's wild places today
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Western Australians are fortunate to enjoy an enviable lifestyle - the natural beauty of our coasts, woodlands and forests, education and jobs for our children, and the opportunities offered by the State's resource wealth.
The upcoming State election is a chance to draw breath - to ask the candidates where they stand on the issues that matter to us, our children, the natural environment, and our future prosperity.
The resources boom is providing employment and increased wealth for our state - but it's also increasing pressure on our families and our environment. All the while increasing our carbon emissions.
According to the 2007 State of the Environment Report, WA's greenhouse gas emissions, on a per capita basis, are the highest in Australia - surpassing even the United States and the United Kingdom.
We know that large natural areas store large amounts of carbon, and are invaluable in our fight against climate change. The Kimberley, the Great Western Woodlands, and our marine environments store billions of tonnes of carbon, and will continue to do so, if we look after them properly.
Responsible stewardship of this State requires wise and decisive leadership. To look beyond the boom and provide a safe, secure and healthy natural environment.
In the lead-up to the election, the position of our current Government, and the Opposition on these issues is unclear.
Now is the time to decide what kind of future WA has in store. We need to make meaningful steps to minimise the impacts of climate change by reducing our emissions - by saving the Kimberley, protecting the Great Western Woodlands, and creating better marine parks.
Let's use the boom to protect our future, our lifestyle, and our unique natural heritage.
Thank you for your support - every voice counts!
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Help protect the marbeled murrelet and ancient forests in the Pacific Northwest.
Take action now!
Amidst the remaining ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest, the marbled murrelet edges closer to extinction.
In the final days of the Bush Administration, motions have been made to undo protections in the Pacific Northwest that have been in place for over a decade to protect wildlife and our ancient forests.
The proposed removal of one such protection, for the imperiled marbled murrelet, ignores solid science and would open more of our ancient forests to destructive logging, shrinking the habitat of an already threatened species.
As an October 2007 editorial by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer succinctly puts it, "when it comes to the environment, the administration's record is remarkably consistent. Whenever possible, the science is fixed around the policy of ruthless exploitation of natural resources."
Let the Bush Administration know that the marbled murrelet deserve to have their critical habitat protection upheld, sign our letter today!
If the Bush Administration has its way, the marbled murrelet's protected habitat would be reduced by 254,000 acres much of it mature and old-growth forests by the end of the year. For a species that depends on these forests to nest, this move would be devastating.
Speak out against the reduction of this critical habitat and let the Bush Administration know that they need to continue preserving our mature and old-growth forests!
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Ban illegal timber - send message now!
Illegal logging is destroying the world's ancient forests and
accelerating climate change. In July the European Commission delayed a vote on proposed legislation to combat illegal logging till September (now oct).
This is an outrageous decision - every day the Commission fails act responsibly illegally sourced timber products from critical forests like the Amazon, the Congo and Indonesia continue to pour into Europe.
Please write to President Barroso to increase the pressure for a strong EU Timber law without delay.
Click here to sign the appeal:
Mount Hood National Forest.
What do these places have in common? Big old trees? Unique wildlife? Great spots for hunting, camping, and fishing? Sure, they've got all of these things, but the simplest similarity is two words right on the screen in front of you. They're National Forests. Places that all Oregonians, and all Americans, own and love.
That's why we got a little worried a couple years ago when Governor Ted Kulongoski said the state government needed more say in how our publicly-owned federal forests are managed. We were worried because we knew that the Governor relies on some bad advice when it comes to forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry and the advisory committee created to make recommendations to the Governor on federal forest policy are chock full of logging industry diehards and politicians who want to return to the "good ol' days" of clear-cuts and old-growth liquidation.
No wonder then, that this group thinks every problem in the forest can be solved with a chainsaw and a bulldozer. In fact, that is exactly what the Federal Forest Advisory Committee recommended in their August report: more logging, less protection for watersheds and species, and a return to conflict in the forest.
Send a letter to the Governor before September 8th telling him his advisory committee got it all wrong.
After decades of clear-cutting, watershed destruction, and commercial exploitation of our forests, the Governor should be looking for a plan to protect and restore Oregon's forested landscape. Instead, longtime logging industry advocates have served up an "old school" scheme that views our forests as a commodity to be extracted and sold to the highest bidder.
Oregonians expect to get their wood products from well-managed private lands, while the public lands we all own are reserved so they can provide public services such as clean water, habitat for fish and wildlife, recreation and scenic vistas, and carbon storage that helps provide a livable planet.
Make sure the public's voice in federal forest management is maintained. Send a letter to the Governor today.
Dear Jacinthe, Today, more than 2,000 RAN supporters across 46 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces went to their local supermarkets and stuck tens of thousands of "Warning! Product May Contain Rainforest Destruction" stickers on products that contain palm oil. Now I need you to help make sure that the companies that use palm oil in food and household products get the message. Together, we can send more than 1 million letters to these companies today! I sent a letter to every company I could find that uses palm oil -- more than 350 altogether -- asking them to join our campaign. These companies are in a unique position to help us pressure agribusiness giants like ADM and Cargill, who are responsible for destroying rainforests in order to produce palm oil. But one letter from me can only go so far. Today you can help stop rainforest destruction by sending each of these companies a letter. It's easy, just one click will forward a letter to all 350 companies asking them to join our campaign. The use of palm oil in soaps, cosmetics, food products and other consumer goods is a primary driver of human rights abuses, tropical deforestation, endangered species habitat destruction, and climate change. Let's send 1 million letters to these companies today. The more they hear from us, the greater the odds are that they'll make the right choice and help us pressure the biggest agribusiness companies in the world (ADM, Bunge and Cargill) to stop destroying rainforests and abusing human rights. Time is running out for tropical rainforests, but the tide is beginning to turn. Between the thousands of people stickering products, RAN's letters to each company, and the million letters I hope you'll help me deliver today, we can make a difference. So send your 350 letters right now. Thank you, Brihannala Morgan Brihannala Morgan Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign Rainforest Action Network Help Send 1 Million Letters Opposing Rainforest Destruction Today! On-the-Ground Updates from the Day of Action! Get the latest as it happens Check out the latest posts from RAN's blog, The Understory: Climate Action in Richmond, VA Statement on Violence at Free Tibet Protest in San Francisco Here is the link to the petition:http://ga3.org/campaign/palmcompanies/x7kgss3907d86mwi?