EU Commission in Biodiesel ‘Forest’ Scam

This is not a forest! A leaked draft EU document shows that the Commission would like to rename palm oil plantations as “forest” in order that biodiesel from palm oil plantations can still meet EU biofuels sustainability criteria. Palm oil expansion is a major cause of tropical rainforest destruction and biodiesel from palm oil can easily cause more greenhouse gas emissions that the fossil fuel it is meant to replace.

Please email the new energy and environment Commissioners and ask them to amend this document to give a clear message to member states that biodiesel from palm oil has no role to play in a sustainable EU energy mix.

It’s a rare instance where emailing megalomaniacs could work, because ‘leaked drafts’ are often put out as feelers when they are not 100% confident of getting away with something.
see rainforestrescue.org for more and an email form if you don’t want to write your own.

Indigenous Tree Planting Campaign Hi-Jacked

ECOTERRA Intl.—one of the co-founders of the original campaign—warned that the indiscriminate counting of even GM-trees planted by industries into the statistics of the now UNEP-led initiative gives a false picture and bears grave dangers.

“A serious indigenous tree planting campaign carried out by honest people has been hi-jacked for the PR purposes of the robber-barons like Bayer, Coca-Cola and Vivendi. This is not only appalling but might lead to the breakdown of a positive global movement!” ECOTERRA stated.

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Survival International: thanks to you, a decade of success

Message sent out by Survival International to their subscribers:

As we enter the new decade, we’d like to thank you for your support for tribal peoples over the last ten years. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Land of Awá nomads protected

Following a 20 year Survival campaign, the Brazilian authorities mapped out and legally protected the land of the Awá, one of Brazil’s last nomadic tribes, in 2003. A Brazilian judge ordered this ‘demarcation’ after receiving thousands of letters from Survival supporters. For two centuries the Awá had been persecuted, and many killed by ranchers’ hitmen, but the recognition of their land gives them a chance of survival.
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International law for tribal peoples gains strength

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Nepal, Spain and Venezuela all signed up to the international law for tribal peoples, ILO 169, during the last decade. The total number of signatory countries is now twenty. In Chile, the most recent country to ratify, the law was used in November by the Supreme Court to protect an indigenous group’s right to water.
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India recognizes Jarawa’s right to choose future

The Indian government published its new Jarawa Policy in 2004, which recognized the Jarawa tribe’s right to decide their own future. Survival had campaigned vigorously against the government’s 1990s plan forcibly to settle the isolated Jarawa of the Andaman Islands in villages outside their forest, which would have been disastrous for the tribe.
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Kalahari Bushmen win landmark court victory

The Bushmen were evicted from the Central Kalahari in 2002 to make way for future diamond mining. With Survival’s support they fought and won a case in the Botswana High Court in 2006, which affirmed their right to live on their land. Survival’s campaign with the Bushmen also targeted De Beers diamond company, which abandoned its project on the Bushmen’s land.
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Peru

The Peruvian government banned oil and gas companies from exploring in some parts of the Peruvian Amazon inhabited by uncontacted tribes, after lobbying from Survival and others. The tribes could have been decimated if exploration had gone ahead.
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Without the growing movement in support of tribal peoples, none of this would have been possible. Thank you so much for standing with them, and against those who want them to disappear.

Andaman Islands. Ancient Bo language becomes extinct

Human thought is inextricably tied to language. Diversity of language indicates diversity of humanity, so when a language dies, we are all impoverished. It seems from reading the articles listed below that only a couple of NGOs and some academics are concerned that the last speaker of an ancient tribal language has died in the Andaman Islands, breaking a 65,000-year link to one of the world’s oldest cultures.

With her death, a whole world is literally gone forever, and the whole of humanity has lost a part of itself.

Death of Boa Sr, last person fluent in the Bo language of the Andaman Islands, breaks link with 65,000-year-old culture (Grauniad)

Final survivor of ancient tribe spoke of the sadness of having no one left to talk to (Independent)