2011 Archives

Tell the palm oil industry: Orangutans are no pests!

40,028 supporters

The BBC reports: Orangutans are treated as pest and exterminated on Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil plantations. In the last year alone, up to 1,800 orangutans were killed in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Please write to the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and protest with your signature against the slaughter of orangutans.

Sierra Leone: Land grab for palmoil

27,291 supporters

The people of Sierra Leone are resisting a new biodiesel project. SOCFIN, a Luxembourg-based company, is planning a palmoil plantation of around 12,000 hectares (around 30,000 acres). The land is being provided to the investors at essentially no cost. Traditional chiefs, politicians and officials are trafficking in the land of the small farmers living there and suppressing the protests of the people. Please support our campaign.

Peru: Uprising Against Gold

32,437 supporters

At an altitude of 4,000 meters in the Peruvian Andes, more than 8,000 farmers have been guarding dozens of mountain lakes for nearly the past two weeks. The natural water reservoirs are acutely threatened by gold mining. The lakes are vital as water supplies for livestock and agriculture in the valley. The farmers are calling on the new Peruvian president to keep his campaign promise and speak out against the Conga gold and copper mining project. Sign our petition and help the people of Cajamarca defend their fundamental rights and water sources.

Penan Calling for Help: Stop the Loggers!

28,832 supporters

For years, the Penan people in Malaysia have been fighting the timber company Interhill. In an attempt to stop the loggers, the natives have set up a blockade on the roads running through the rainforest of Sarawak. They are now calling on Interhill and the government of this South-East Asian country to halt their grubbing activities immediately. Interhill is a business partner of French hotel group Accor, operating a Pullman luxury hotel in Sarawak’s capital, Kuching.

Illegally logged wood near the Masoala National Park in Madagascar.

A Guitar manufacturer strikes the wrong chord

25,881 supporters

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa – many rock stars have added to the fame of Gibson guitars. In building these instruments, tropical hardwoods play a prominent role. Musicians have to pay several thousand euros for one of these quality pieces. However, the customers are unaware of this: Some of the timber comes from illegal sources in Madagascar and India. It is supplied by companies that clear the rainforest for this purpose.

Act Now to Protect the Mekong

23,081 supporters

The Mekong River and the millions of people it supports are now in jeopardy. In the next few months, regional governments will decide whether to proceed with plans to build the Xayaburi Dam in northern Laos, the first of 11 dams planned for the Lower Mekong Mainstream.

Eucalyptus trees planted in straight lines on the industrial plantation of a Brazilian paper company

Plantations are not forests

26,703 supporters

The United Nations (UN) declared the year 2011 the International Year of Forests. However, there are conflicting opinions about what constitutes a forest. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), even industrial plantations with their cloned trees fall into the category of forest types. In order to build these green deserts, forests are cleared – but these areas do not count as being deforested. As a consequence, timber plantations are spreading increasingly. So please ask the FAO to revise its definition. Tree monocultures are NOT forests.

“Biofuel“: Please support the scientists’ call to protest

31,107 supporters

On October 7th, 2011, 168 scientists have warned on the so-called “biofuels” in a joint letter addressed to the EU. Energy derived from field crops is by no means environmentally friendly, despite the European Union’s claims. “To promote biofuels as being carbon neutral cannot be supported scientifically”, the researchers said. In favour of agro-energy, the rain forests are clear-cut and world hunger is exacerbated because of rising food prices.

Brazil: Violence and forced eviction for Biofuel

16,432 supporters

The current situation of the indigenous Guaraní in Mato Grosso do Sul is dramatic: The Shell Group is converting their native land into sugar cane plantations in order to produce ethanol fuel for the European market. To give you a recent example of how brutally Shell’s henchmen are treating the Indians: Last week, two settlements were raided, women and children were displaced, and men were injured. “Over there, about 45,000 Guaraní are suffering from extreme social exclusion“, the famous Brazilian conservationist and politician Marina Silva pointed out. They all need our support

Veracel destroys rainforests and arable land in favour of cheap paper

24,766 supporters

Printing paper and paper towels, sales catalogues and handkerchiefs – many paper products are made from cellulose. Because the wordwide demand for these consumer goods is on the increase, the Veracel company intends to massively expand its eucalyptus plantations. And this is bad news for nature and local communities of the Brazilian region of Bahia. The organisation CEPEDES needs support in its campaign in order to preserve the rainforest and the much-needed farmland.

The bloody products from the house of Unilever

35,021 supporters

The manufacturing company Unilever prefers to conceal the ingredient that many of its products (Rama/Blue Band, Becel/Flora etc.) contain: palm oil – and thus, the blood of indigenous people and peasants in Indonesia who are threatened, shot at, arrested and driven off for the sake of its cultivation. Now, the Wilmar Group that supplies Unilever with palm oil for its wide range of goods has dealt another blow.

The rainforest is being clear-cut on Sumatra – for our paper

25,198 supporters

In the Indonesian province of Riau, Asian Pacific Resources International Limited, or APRIL, is destroying large sections of rainforest to create acacia plantations. The company uses the wood from the acacia tree to produce PaperOne brand printer paper for international markets. The habitat of the last Sumatran Tigers and the livelihoods of the small farmers living there are threatened by the plantations. PaperOne is also sold by Australian and Asian distributors. Please request these distributors stop carrying this brand. UPDATE: Your protest has a first success: Officeworks has taken our concerns serious and decided to discontinue procurement of PaperOne as of August 24th 2011.Please continue the protest!

Solidarity with Bolivia – Indigenous peoples demonstrate against road through the rainforest

21,730 supporters

In Bolivia, the construction of a road cutting straight through the TIPNIS rainforest national park and Indian reservation has begun. The goal is to connect the Amazonian region with the ports of the Pacific Ocean via the new traffic route to facilitate the export of raw materials. The road will destroy the forest and the TIPNIS area that is home to indigenous peoples. The Indians are seeking to stop the project by marching to the capital city of Bolivia, La Paz. They are asking for international support.

Lufthansa’s green claims don’t fly

26,353 supporters

A new danger is descending on tropical forests — deforestation by the airline industry. In the guise of environmental protection, airlines want to start taking off with jatropha, camelina and palm oil. Both of which are harvested from plantations created by cutting down trees and driving local farmers from their land. Lufthansa has taken a pioneering role. On July 15, the first Airbus 321 to use the so-called biofuel is scheduled to take off. Please sign our protest action.

bulldozer in a clear-cut area in the rainforest in cameroon

Cameroon: Palm Oil Project Threatens People and the Rainforest

23,527 supporters

American investors are planning a 72,000 hectare palm oil plantation in the rainforest of Cameroon. The forest and the animal and plant species living there would be destroyed forever. The people would also lose their land and livelihoods. Help us stop this project. Please write to the government of Cameroon.

Philippines: Please support Palawan's Indigenous Peoples against mining

2,493 supporters

The struggle of the indigenous peoples of Palawan against mining corporations is being impaired by highly manipulative processes involving both the government appointed National Commission on Indigenous Peoples NCIP and MacroAsia Corporation MAC. This process must be challenged, otherwise it could lead to MAC acquiring the ‘social-consensus documents’ required for starting mining operations inside the indigenous people's territory.

Archipelago in the sea

Oil Companies: Keep out of Colombia's Seven Coloured Sea!

6,641 supporters

A consortium made up of the Spanish oil company Repsol (35% of shares), Colombia's state owned oil company Ecopetrol (50% of shares) and YPF (15% of shares) has been awarded concessions over two suspected oil fields, called Cayos 1 and Cayos 5, which are located just off the shore of the Caribbean archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina in Colombia.

British Government and Human Rights: Carbon offset plans linked to murders in Honduras

23,020 supporters

The Honduran plantation company Grupo Dinant is looking for funds from the carbon markets even though they have been implicated in 16-25 assassinations of peasants in 2010 alone. During the first three months of this year, they have been linked again to violent attacks and kidnapping. Unless the British Government stops the sale of those carbon credits, which they can do, the company will further increase their profits and thus be able to pay even more armed paramilitaries and to continue oppressing the peasant communities that are reclaiming lands which are legally theirs. Please ask the British government to stop this deal.

Save the Mekong: the river feeds millions

23,396 supporters

By April 22, a regional decision by the Governments of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam will be made on whether or not to build the proposed Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong River’s mainstream. This dam is the most advanced in a cascade of eleven large hydropower dams planned for the Lower Mekong River’s mainstream and would be located in Xayaboury province in Northern Laos. Millions of people in the region depend on the river’s natural resources for their survival.

‘Responsible’ Soy: misleading consumers

20,063 supporters

Dear consumer, Supermarkets and the food industry want you to believe their products are good for you and produced with respect for nature and environment. But please don’t be misled. A new label is about to be launched for so-called ‘responsible’ soy. Unfortunately it is not responsible at all.

Save Cambodia's Elephants From New Titanium Mine

21,591 supporters

More than 100 endangered Asian elephants -- the largest population in Cambodia -- depend on the elephant corridor in the Cardamom Mountain rainforest. But the elephants could lose this critical habitat if Cambodia approves a permit for a new titanium mine in a meeting this Friday! Tell the Cambodian Minister of Commerce to protect his country's wildlife.

Philippines: UNESCO stands by as forests and livelihoods are destroyed on Palawan

21,585 supporters

On the Philippine island of Palawan, a tragedy is looming: The Government is handing out new concessions to mining corporations. The highly destructive mining of nickel and chrome would destroy the most biodiverse area in the Philippines. UNESCO declared the whole Province of Palawan a Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1990, due to its high biodiversity. Despite repeated appeals by human rights and environmental organisations, UNESCO remains silent about the destruction of people's livelihoods and tropical forests.