Thanks!!!!!!! 5 signatures added, with different EMails!!!!!!!!!!
2 signs tks
Bruce and Wendy Forster signed.
Signed, posted & forwarded....THANKS MICHELA!
Signed and shared. Thanks, Michela!
Signed and shared. Thank you dear Michela.
Signed and FB to friends. Still not really back on Care2, but felt this petitions was important to sign. Thanks
Signed again! Happy August!
Signed and shared .Thanks Michela
SIGNED & TWEETED!
Signed and shared on fb...
Signed. Thanks Michaela...also posted petition to fb.
Signed and forwarded.
Signed and Shared.
Signed again thanks Michela!
Thank you. Signed for roomate and self.
Margaret, you have to click on the Link in the text of the Petition
signed and shared again, thank you
Action taken with following paragraph added:
"Since I refuse to live on land that was taken from indigenous people, I returned from Australia to my country of origin in 1992 and encourage others to do the same. Since tropical timber is the first step in the destruction of the forest, I have written to building companies that advertised apartments with tropical timber floors and suggested that they use European wood in future buildings. Fortunately, no such apartments have been advertised since the start of this recession. I have also written to the largest Croatian biscuit manufacturer, asking them to avoid palm oil."
Wow these videos are sure an eye opener, you just can't trust any organization it seems, unbelievable.Thanks for posting these Michela. I hope everyone takes the time to watch these videos!
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Gladly signed! Thanks, Michela, for giving us the opportunity to do something about this grave injustice!
2 signatures...signed and shared
Palm Oil - Environmental Impact
Its production has been documented as a cause of substantial and IRREVERSIBLE damage to the Natural Environment; impacts: Deforestation, Habitat loss of criticaly Endangered Species such as the Orangutan and Sumatran Tiger, (Java and Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), and a significant increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, contributing to Global Warming; very popular for Biofuel, but the environmental impact from growing large quantities of Oil Palms has called the use of Palm Oil into question. The Pollution is exacerbated because many Rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia lie atop peat bogs that store great quantities of carbon that are released when the forests are cut down and the bogs drained to make way for plantations. Environmental Groups such as Greenpeace claim that the Deforestation caused by making way for Oil Palm plantations is far more damaging for the Climate than the benefits gained by switching to Biofuel.
Thank you Michela, signed and shared on facebook.
Just watched the youtube videos about the WWF. It is sick and disgusting that they are making money and people are getting rich by tricking people into giving them money and thinking they are doing something good. Their tactics are awful. I have been really surprised because until recently I thought they did good work. Thanks Michela for opening my eyes completely to their atrocities.
All caught up.
I watched the first video and it was sadly surprising to find this out about the WWF. I wonder how many people are watching these videos who do not know this. I was appalled at Prince Phillip with his humancentric attitude. The computer says that is not a word but it seems to fit. We have to kill predators to save other animals? It's still killing and he has no clue that he is upsetting the balance of nature; and that other guy with family pictures of killing hundreds of tigers. I would have the frames and burn the pictures. That is nothing to be proud of. When the WWF gets in touch with me I will tell them why they are not getting my money and to please not contact me again as long as they are exploiting tigers and evicting villagers who actually care about the forests and the tigers.Do I sound angry? I hope so. I will watch the other videos as well.
Action taken. Thanks for all you do Michela.
1) Stand with Indigenous Peoples in Borneo Reclaiming their Stolen Lands http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3791 Call on IOI Group to respect the native customary rights of the Long Teran Kanan Community, instead of continuing to harvest Palm Oil from their land. Worldwide: State: set Other I signed 8 times, from Rome!
1,057 Signatures - Nov. 23, 2011 Villagers face off against Palm Oil firm’s bulldozers
Villagers in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province are squaring off against a Palm Oil company’s bulldozers in an ongoing land rights dispute which some observers fear may spill over into violence.
PT Munte Waniq Jaya Perkasa has moved into the forests around Muara Tae, a village in West Kutai, and has started clearing land for conversion to Palm Oil production, backed by the police and other security personnel alleged by witnesses to be out-of-uniform military.
The firm’s bulldozers have been clearing approximately 5 Hectares a day for the past week. With the situation at crisis point, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and its Indonesian partner Telapak fear the conflict could spill over into violence.
…failure to recognize traditional ownership of the Forest land, which has been used for generations by the indigenous Dayak Benuaq people. For the past 10 months, Muara Tae’s residents have tried to protect their ancestral lands by building a guard station, mapping the boundaries and creating a seed nursery to help preserve their Forests.
I signed and shared the 4 petitions on Facebook. Thanks Michela!
So gladly sign the petitions with pride. Thank you my dear friend Michela
Thank you beautiful Michela and all signed for the love of Orangtans and it Indigenous people to reclaim their land.
Had previously signed, but signed again with a different e-mail address. Thanks Michela
Nomadic tribes are now but a memory in Borneo, but other tribal groups continue to fight for their Forests by seeking legal recognition of their lands & blocking destructive projects, including OilPalm plantations, Logging, & large-scale hydroelectric projects.
In the 1980s images of loincloth-clad tribesmen blockading logging roads in Malaysian Borneo shocked the world. But while their protests captured the spotlight momentarily, Borneo's forests continued to be destroyed at rapid rates, undermining traditional communities that are dependent on these ecosystems for food, shelter, medicine, clean water, & spiritual inspiration.Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3410218
All signed - thank you Michela!
(Loving mama and her newborn)
5) New!! Stop the Serengeti Sell-off http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_maasai/?bCOpcdb&v=17060 869,570S. Signed with all family Emails! A big-game Hunting Corporation could sign a deal which would force up to 48,000 members of Africa’s Maasai tribe from their land to make way for wealthy MiddleEastern kings&princes to hunt Lions&Leopards. Tanzanian President’s approval may be imminent, but we can stop it. The last time this corporation pushed the Maasai off their land to make way for rich hunters, people were beaten by police, their homes were burnt &their livestock died of starvation. After a press controversy Tanzanian Pres. returned the Maasai to their land. Now, there hasn’t been a press controversy but we can force to stop the deal. Source:Terry M.
6) New!! Don't Sell the Serengeti to Big Game Hunters http://www.thepetitionsite.com/130/969/176/dont-sell-the-serengeti-to-big-game-hunters/ Target: Tanzania Pres.& V.Pres.- Pres. Kikwete is signing a deal with a big game Corporation with special interests in rich MiddleEastern Hunters wishing to kill Lions&Leopards. This would displace 48,000 Africa's Maasai tribe members. This same Corpor. pushed the tribe off their land before in favor of wealthy hunters. After a public outcry, Kikwete returned the land to the Maasai. STOP the deal to sell the Serengeti to big game hunters!
Additional Petition: http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_maasai_a/?bQMqbbb&v=17057
A big game Hunting Corporation is looking to sign a deal with Tanzanian President Kikwete to buy land for wealthy Middle Eastern royal men to hunt lions & leopards. This is the traditional land of Africa’s well-known Maasai tribe. If the hunting corporation manages to convince the President to sell the land, up to 48,000 of the Maasai people could be forced to relocate.
This is not the 1st time the same big game hunting corporation evicted the Maasai from their land to open it up for rich hunters. Last time, President Kikwete agreed to sell the land for hunting. In order to relocate the Maasai tribe, police began beating people, burning their homes & killing their livestock. A big press controversy soon exploded, causing Pres. Kikwete to quickly reverse his decision & return the Maasai to their rightful land.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3437800
Governments in Africa are way too quick to sell off land and animals for big bucks that seldom goes further than their bank accounts. Like the seal hunt in Namibia.
News: In Ghana’s Forests, Should Chainsaw Loggers be Legalized? http://e360.yale.edu/feature/in_ghanas_forests_should_chainsaw_loggers_be_legalized/2562/
Ghana prohibits small operators using chainsaws from logging its Forests, but it permits the Export of timber cut at large sawmills. Do such laws simply benefit powerful business interests without helping local communities or the Forest? ‘The big Companies just come onto our land & do what they want. We don’t have any right to stop them.’ European Union officials are calling for reform of forest governance inside timber-exporting countries like Ghana. The EU would like to see the chainsaw operators brought within the law. But the obvious route of changing the law seems to be blocked. A union official calculated that bribes paid to police for illegal transport of lumber in his region totaled $100,000 a week. While rural communities in Ghana control their land, the state has legal ownership of the trees on that land. The Forestry Commission hands out logging concessions, mostly to the large timber exporting Companies, with barely any compensation paid to communities.Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3440327
A 7-week-old Lion cub looks nervous as he meets his father for the first time. These touching scenes captured on camera after following a pride of lions for 3 months in the Masai Mara Nat.l Reserve, Kenya
The Lion cub is literally meeting dad for the 1st time ever. The cub was a bit shy & apprehensive but the father was very gentle. In the other photos, the cubs are more familiar with the father & are playing with him. The father reacted by gently playing with them & often growling. In both situations, the mother was sitting nearby, watching very closely, ready to pounce on the father if he got a bit too rough with her cubs.
Thank you. This interesting. Those people still live in harmony with nature - How long will that still be possible?
People don’t understand that one touch of Mother Nature can make the whole world wise in a second… I don’t know if the bulldozer in Rainforests or the atomic bomb will be the last drop… but we beat the Earth to death. Today you can murder land for private profit, you can leave animal’s corpses for all to see, and nobody care. This is bad for wildlife, ecosystems and human's soul...
All petitions signed. Thank you Michela!
Playful baby orangutan dangling from its mom. (Photo by award winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas)
Noted and signed about 5 petitions Michela The pictures are all Super...Love the Cub and his Dad's first encounter and The Moms with their babies ) ) ) I Love how you do your threads... now it is a bit easier to post Thanx for All you Lovingly do !!...Your friend Barb E Hugggs and a few of these too xx'xs ...
Dearest Michela...Signed n shared them all! Thank you
Up to date on petitions - I love the photos Michela
By Ben O.:
Survival is the only organization working for tribal peoples’ rights worldwide http://www.survivalinternational.org/
We work with hundreds of tribal communities and organizations. We are funded almost entirely by concerned members of the public and some foundations. We will not take national government money, because governments are the main violators of tribal peoples’ rights, nor will we take money from companies which might be abusing tribal peoples.
About 250,000 supporters from nearly 100 countries have helped us financially; millions now routinely seek our information, published in seven languages. We never restrict our information or materials only to those who can pay. We want everyone to know about tribal peoples...
Read and signed all that I could find. How is it possible to treat people like that? Tourists won't even understand the threat they are for them. They are a treasure, still live in harmony with nature and should be protected instead of being robbed and killed like animals.
I am up to date with petitions and news. I get so sick when I see what our planet is becoming.
9) New!! Pet.: Stop Devastating Oil Exploration On Native Lands http://forcechange.com/21963/stop-devastating-oil-exploration-on-native-lands/
Goal: End all oil exploration operations in Achuar territory in the Amazon.
Source: Alicia M.
Please!!! Invite your friends to Join Group! Take Action!
Spread the word… also on other Social Networks!!
Send Messages inviting them to join
WE are 3,115 but if any of you invites 10, that are not Members, we'd be 31,150 taking Extremely Urgent Actions! If you have 2 friends invite them anyway.
I am only a single Drop, but ALL together WE are an Ocean! ALL together WE can make a difference!!
Come on… Public pressure is absolutely crucial for all of these Issues!
Video: Call to Action from Sarayaku Indigenous Leaders http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58cC0RppBe0&feature=player_embedded
Signed - thank you Michela
News: Villagers Fight Mafia to Protect Forests http://www.care2.com/causes/villagers-fight-mafia-to-protect-forests.html Oct.14,2012 - Organized crime is diversifying beyond drugs & human trafficking into a new business: Deforestation. UN: Illegal logging in tropical forests is worth big bucks: $30-$100Billion a year. UN’s report “Green Carbon, Black Trade” makes recommendations for combating illegal Deforestation, incl. “a full-fledged Law Enforcement Assistance to Forests(LEAF)” program that would undertake “coordinated int.l & improved nat.l law enforcement & investigative efforts to reduce illegal logging, the int.l trade in illegally felled timber & forest-related corruption incl. tax fraud & laundering.” World Bank: Criminal syndicates net ab.$11Billion of this (close to the $13Billion they bring in from producing drugs).National Geographic: “Fewer forests means larger amounts of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere & increased speed & severity of GlobalWarming”. Deforestation drives Climate Change. The deleterious effects of Deforestation are well known. “The most dramatic impact: loss of Habitat for millions of Species”“70% of Earth’s land animals & plants live in Forests & many cannot survive the Deforestation destroying their homes, it removes trees of the forest canopy, which blocks the sun during the day & holds heat in at night. “This leads to more extreme temperatures swings that can be harmful to the plants & animals that survive the logging itself. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts.”
The Washington Post: Illegal Deforestation accounts for nearly 1/3 of world logging “in tropical areas: the Amazons, C.Africa, & SE Asia” Demand for wood is increasing. “China set to double its wood consumption by 2020” “Global demand for timber products growing massively.” The connection with water led a town in Mexico beset by criminal loggers to fight back. When a criminal syndicate started cutting down their forests, the residents of Cheran found that the police & Gov.t were no help. “The bad men come & we are unprotected” “Without trees there is no water, the soil erodes & no one can live from the land. We decided to protect ourselves” The town banished the police & the mayor & established a city council, organized a militia that stops every person who seeks to enter the area at “barricades made of logs.”, & has scared off the illicit loggers. The criminals murdered many residents, but the town stood firm. These heroic measures cannot be expected in every forested area of the globe, & in the meantime, the criminals’ logging is fueling Global Warming. The people of Cheran cannot fight this battle alone.It will take coordinated Int.l efforts to protect the world’s resources from organized crime.
Video: The Waurá Indians from Amazônia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLEy-U1Bd6c&feature=player_embedded
Source: Terry V.
TY, Michela. Signed and spread 2.
In the 1980's & 1990's more timber was removed from the Rainforests Borneo than from all of Africa & South America combined. This tragic loss of Habitat, with its attendant loss of wildlife & indigenous cultures, has gone largely unrecognized in the USA.Video: What is the Borneo Project? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pj1CLuVXu_0
Rainforest logging in Malaysian Borneo
Logging camp in Borneo
News: Indonesia: Orangutans in big trouble http://asiancorrespondent.com/98692/indonesia-orangutans-extinction-conservatio/
The Palm Oil, Paper & Timber industries in Indonesia are killing Orangutans – literally driving the species into extinction. Just 100 years ago the wild Orangutan population is estimated to have been 350,000. Today there are less than 50,000. Their Habitat has shrunk by 80%.
The Orangutan population in Tripa peat swamp forest, located in Indonesia’s Aceh province, declined by 80% due to Poaching,Illegal Logging & Deforestation to make way for Palm plantations. Indonesia’s moratorium on deforestation has no teeth, meaning death for Orangutans & other Species as well as serious other environmental implications, not least among them Climate Change. Tripa forest contains the largest population of Sumatran Orangutans & is home to the rare Sumatran Tiger. Humans are also victims of deforestation, as their water supplies are diverted for use on Palm plantations.
Wildfires, Illegal Wildlife traders, hunters & uninformed individuals who keep orangs as pets are all contributing to the great ape’s decline. On Indonesian Borneo Orangutans are increasingly pushed into villages, where they may be killed, captured & kept as pets, or illegally sold. “The rate at which the animals were being driven out of their natural habitats by companies clearing forests for plantations & coal mines has increased the amount of human-orangutan conflict in the area”
Orangutans are highly intelligent, solitary great apes who require forest land to live in & space to forage for food. Wild Orangs have been documented manufacturing & using tools, while those in captivity are even using iPads at a zoo in the USA http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20130214/APHEADS/302140033/That-s-odd-Orangutans-learn-iPads-Ky-zoo?gcheck=1
Deforestation in Indonesia
Orangutan sanctuary, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Photo Gallery: Indonesia's Sumatran Orangutan population hit by deforestation http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2013/feb/14/sumatran-orangutan-tripa-indonesia-deforestation
Numbers decline by a shocking 80% in Tripa peat swamp forest of Aceh province as illegal poaching, logging & deliberate fires to clear tracts for Palm Oil plantations take its toll on the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans.
Signed everything they'd let me sign, some probably for the second time!
Have signed almost all.Can't watch the Youtube videos about WWF because it has been banned in Germany because of a complaint.
The orang utans' situation is a real catastrophe, and it's getting worse day after day. How can people be so blind? How is it possible not to realize they destroy their own future?
Signed all petitions.
Thanks, Michela for the photos. What the heck was going on in the second one?! Figures that really stood out: from 350,000 to 50,000 for the Orangutans! I'm looking forward, also, to any news about the indigenous people in those areas. Ciao fer now, with blessings your way....J.
Saw that I'd signed the last one. The entitlement of these companies to think that whatever their product is is worth displacing people from their homes! THAT is horrific. I wonder what the discussions are like in the board room. I can't imagine how they are couching their actions!
Target: Brazilian Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo
Goal: Increase protection for tribespeople & end intimidation killings
An 8-year-old girl wandered away from her family, members of the Awá tribe in the Amazon Rainforest, & fell into the hands of white loggers. As part of a campaign to drive tribes off of valuable land, the loggers tied the girl to a tree & reportedly laughed as they burned her alive.
It is reported that 450 tribespeople have been killed between 2003 & 2010, & the laws that would stop this are hard to enforce. There are not enough people or resources available to improve the protection of the tribes or the enforcement of the regulations, which is why Brazil must increase its efforts. It is time Brazil worked to curtail illegal logging & worked to better protect its last tribes. Urge the Brazilian Gov.t to guarantee the survival of these defenseless groups.Kevin A.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3546387
We've already delivered half a million signatures to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, but we're just getting started. Help us stop the Belo Monte Dam by signing the petition here!Video: A Last Stand for the Xingu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvbOTrczxAA&feature=player_embedded#!
Scenes from a historic indigenous gathering held in the Kayapó village in the Amazonian state of Mato Grosso. This assembly was called to discuss the impending human rights & environmental disaster that is the Belo Monte Dam on the Lower Xingu -- in particular the menace it represents to Brazil's indigenous peoples -- & ways for its opponents to forge a single & unified force to resist its construction.Kevin A.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/353427779/3549799
Signed all of them. The love of money truly is the root of all evil.
Sign, repost, tweet, share everywhere you can & keep pushing!!!. We can stop this, we can save the Amazon, the people, the animals. We can stop greed from ruining our world. Take A Stand... The Brazilian Amazon, home to 60% of the world’s largest Forest & 20% of the Earth’s oxygen, remains threatened by the rapid development of the country. The area is currently populated by over 20 million people & is challenged by deforestation, agriculture, mining, a governmental dam-building spree, illegal land speculation incl. the occupation of forest reserves & indigenous land & other issues...James H.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/618286890/3551675
We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The Gov.t has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions & leopards. The evictions are to begin immediately. Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost 1 million Avaaz members rallied to our aid. Your attention & the storm it created forced the Gov.t to deny the plan, & set them back months. But the President has waited for international attention to die down, & now he’s revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again, urgently!! President Kikwete may not care about us, but he has shown he’ll respond to global media & public pressure -- to all of you! We may only have hours. Please stand with us to protect our land, our people & our world’s most majestic animals & tell everyone, before it is too late. This is our last hope.-The Maasai community of Ngorongoro District Source: Isa Villanen
signed many and cross posted two,the Masai was one, to fb
All caught up. Thanks, Michela, You are the voice for these animals and people. God Bless You My Dear.
Caught up. I wonder how the Massai are doing, if their displacement was carried through, even with petitions. The theme in all of these topics is more and more crystal clear: money over people, all over the world!
Sponsored by: Judith B.; Target: Gov.t of Brazil
Indigenous & environmental groups are furious at the Brazilian Gov.t’s plans to build a whole series of dams along the Tapajós River & its tributaries without, they say, the consent of communities.
The planned dams are part of a mammoth hydroelectric project & could cause tremendous environmental disruption, potentially ruining the lives of communities along the river. Although it is illegal in Brazil for projects on this scale to go ahead without the permission of affected communities, it appears that this is just what has happened. The authorities are also accused of using intimidation techniques, primarily the unnecessary deployment of armed military personnel for surveys, to curb protest.
Tell the Brazilian Gov.t to withdraw its troops until full & proper community consultation has taken place on the Tapajos River dams.
News: Maasai banned from their land in favour of an Arabian Hunting Company http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/loliondo.html#cr
Maasai locked out of Loliondo - OUR THANKS TO AFRICA GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE FOR PERMISSION TO REPRODUCE THIS ARTICLE.
April 2013. The Loliondo Game Controlled Area (LGCA), one of Tanzania's most well-known Maasai community concessions & wildlife destinations is in the spotlight as local stakeholders & outside financial interests clash over its natural resources.
It is suggested that the 'Ortello Business Corporation' want a new hunting block as they have killed most of the Wildlife on their old one
signed petitions 12 to 17,thanks Michela!
The natives around the world are more civilized than the riches.
Ay yi yi. The greed continues and our people and the animals of whom they took great care are outcast...regardless of signed petitions. Thanks for keeping us up on the poor Masaai, Michela.
Signed petitions from 1 to 18 + Masaai banned from their land in favour of an Arabian hunting company. What is happening to Masaai people is absolutely shameful.
The dams would cost $105 billion, flood an area twice the size of LA, & force the relocation of tens of thousands of indigenous people. Against all the odds, the local forest-dwelling people are coming together & organizing in a way that’s unheard of in this part of the world. Source: Heather G.Video: Inside Malaysia's Shadow State http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1RRNggnM6A&feature=player_embedded
18) Pet.: Philippines: Our Nature Is Worth More Than Palm Oil! https://www.regenwald.org/aktion/915/philippinen-unsere-natur-ist-mehr-wert-als-palmoel?mt=1578&v=0&ref=nl
"The spreading Palm Oil plantations are a tragedy for us. They destroy our ancestral lands & forests, which plunges us into utter misery" said Mandawa Artiso from indigenous network ALDAW on Palawan. Let's put a stop to Deforestation!
“The future of our children is the Forest. Palm Oil plantations make us poor!”
19) New!! Pet.: Protect the Amazon & its Indigenous People from Brazilian Mega-Dam http://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/brazils-mega-dam-threatens-survival-indigenous-people?cmpid=action-eml-2013-07-30-Dam "The world must know what is happening here, they must perceive how destroying forests & indigenous people destroys the entire world." - Kayapó Indigenous leaders Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3619321
20) New!! Pet.: Keep Oil Exploration Out of Virunga National Park https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=721 British oil company Soco Int.l PLC plans to explore for oil inside the park, even though the park is protected under Dem. Republic of Congo law. More than 27,000 people fish in Lake Edward & it provides drinking water to 50,000 people. But thousands more benefit from locally sourced fish, renewable energy. Virunga has been a Nat.l park since 1925 & a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Oil development in the park would threaten local communities that rely on the park’s natural resources & jeopardize the region’s potential for long-term income from sustainable development. Tell Soco & Gov.t leaders that Virunga is too important to open up for Oil exploration!!. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3619645
Indigenous Peoples Reclaiming their Lands: Summary Petitions List:
21) New!! Pet.: End Industrial Logging of Congo's Old-Growth Rainforests http://www.ecoearth.info/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=drc_rainforest Recent revelations of illegal logging in the Dem. Republic of Congo's (DRC) Rainforests demonstrate yet again that globally logging of old growth forests remains irredeemably corrupt & inevitably devastating to Rainforest ecology. After years of Int.l assistance & a "moratorium" on new Rainforest Logging, it is revealed that local permits for individuals to clear Rainforest are being abused by the Gov.t & industrial loggers, even as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) & NGOs pressure for "sustainable" industrial destruction of Congo's primary Rainforests. For DRC's local people & the biosphere, it is time to ban old growth logging in the DRC & globally. The DRC Gov.t must be convinced to abandon inherently corrupt industrial-scale rainforest clearance for log export – before the nation's rainforests, ecological sustainability, & future development potential are gone forever – & be justly compensated for doing so. Instead they must focus upon developing ways for local communities to benefit from standing old forests. Both local & global ecological sustainability depend upon doing so.
Local advancement & global ecological sustainability depend upon standing old growth forests. It is barbaric to cut down primary & old growth rainforests & other old forests, & stupid & hubris to claim it can be done sustainably.
22) New!! Pet.: Respect the Rights of Penan of Murum & Stop Murum Dam! http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/respect-the-rights-of-penan-of-murum-and-stop-murum-dam This week, the Murum dam (Malaysia) began impoundment, starting to fill a 2,750 sq. kilometer reservoir that will displace thousands of peoples & destroy priceless forest. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3653119
23) Pet.: Please help stop experimental seabed mining in the Pacific http://actnowpng.org/action 1,254 Sign. - Experimental seabed mining could soon begin in the Pacific Ocean despite the risks of an environmental catastrophe & the fact it is not a sustainable development option for indigenous peoples. This will completely destroy underwater hydrothermal vents, containing mineral deposits but also rich & unique eco-systems which contain many species which are yet to be discovered & which scientists believe could hold the secrets to the origins of life. The mining will also involve the transport, stockpiling, trans-shipment & processing of mineral ores & produce millions of tons of toxic wastes, all of which will occur close to remote coastal communities that rely heavily on a healthy sea for their diet & income. Jenny http://www.care2.com/news/member/234119459/2936228
News: Spider Without the Web- The Silent Destruction By Oil Palm in Papua New Guinea http://www.actnowpng.org/content/spider-without-web-%E2%80%93-silent-destruction-oil-palm-papua-new-guinea Thubten C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/234119459/2938395