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Missoula woman arrested for blocking megaload oil field equipment

By Kathryn Haake, January 22, 2014. Source: The Missoulian

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The 350-foot-long megaload that rolled through Missoula on Wednesday morning on its way to the Alberta tar sands is now parked at the old mill site property in Bonner, where the load is being reconfigured for Canadian highways. MICHAEL GALLACHER/Missoulian

A 71-year-old Missoula woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for peacefully protesting on Reserve Street as a megaload of oil field equipment passed by early Wednesday.

Carol Marsh was charged with the misdemeanor when she sat down in the middle of Reserve Street near the Kent Avenue intersection and refused to move.

Missoula Police Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh said protesters along Reserve Street were generally peaceful and obeying laws as Omega-Morgan moved the behemoth equipment through town.

But as the megaload neared Kent Street at about 12:40 a.m., Montana Highway Patrol officers accompanying the rig called city police and said a protester was sitting in the street, in front of the trucks.

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World’s Top Surfers Gather in Hawaii to Protest over GMOs

Note: Slightly dated article, but intriguing new allies in the struggle to stop GMOs.

Posted on Dec 13 2013 – 9:53pm by Sustainable PulseThe march on Sunday December 15th was called for by Dustin Barca, professional surfer, MMA fighter and recipient of Surfer Magazine’s 2013 Surfer Poll Agent of Change Award for his work with Ohana O Kauai and Hawaii SEED to raise GMO awareness and stop the destruction of our agricultural land by GMO companies.

World renowned surfers Kelly Slater, Dustin Barca, Shane Dorian, John John Florence, Mark Healey, Sebastian Zietz and Makua Rothman will join Uncle Walter Ritte, Babes Against Biotech, Ohana O Kauai, Hawaii SEED, Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition, The Mom Hui, Defend Hawaii, Da Hui, Food Democracy Now and Hawaii United.

At the non-GMO potluck gathering after march, community organizers will speak and Hawaii singers Hawane Rios and Paul Izak will perform.“We are unified in protecting what we love and must stop the poisoning and destruction of Hawaii’s farm lands and urge Kamehameha Schools to refuse to renew a lease to Monsanto for an additional ten years,” the March organizers said Friday.

“We will not remain idle while our citizens, lands, waters and environments are poisoned with biotech industry genetic testing and related pesticides, experimented on by companies using farmlands to genetically alter and patent food crops for exported seed, destroyed by unethical developers and ruined for future generations,” Babes Against Biotech Founder, Nomi Carmona, stated.

Peaceful advocates for environmental awareness, Hawaii agriculture, local farming, sustainability, local economy, tourism, government accountability and human rights will join with dozens of community organizations and the biggest names in surfing today to represent aloha for Hawaii and peacefully resist the environmental harm of massive pesticide spraying and genetically engineered field testing occurring in Hawaii.

“We support local farmers and safe agriculture producing non-GMO food for Hawaii residents,” Carmona concluded.

This year, Hawaiian Senator Donovan Dela Cruz introduced a bill (SB727) to strike County rights to protect citizen life and health with the support of the GMO industry. Therefore, Hawaiians are again asserting their rights to home rule and County leadership while preparing to protect their State as a whole at the 2014 legislative session.

State and County elected officials in Hawaii have received over $515,000 of campaign financing from GMO companies performing genetic experiments in the Hawaiian islands which are banned in the majority of developed countries due to health and environmental biohazards. GMO producing pesticide companies experimenting on Hawaiian soil include synthetic chemical giants Monsanto, DOW, Bayer, BASF, Pioneer/DuPont and Syngenta.

The Aloha Aina March is a family friendly, peaceful, first amendment march and will begin at 12:00 PM in Haleiwa at the 7-11 parking lot proceeding down Kamehameha Highway to Haleiwa Beach Park. One lane will be closed with HPD escort.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring signs, cameras, reusable water bottles and utensils, potluck food, beach chairs and of course, aloha.

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Social movements remind the WTO about the death of Korean farmer Lee Kyung Hae inside the official ministerial conference through a powerful action

Thursday, 05 December 2013

La Via Campesina, Social Movements for an Alternative Asia, Gerak Lawan

(Dec 5, Denpasar, Bali) Representatives of social movements from around the world carried out a dramatic silent procession inside the ministerial venue in Nusa Dua to commemorate the self sacrifice of their comrade, the Korean farmer Lee Kyung Hae. Lee lives on in their struggle.

Part_2.2Lee Kyung Hae took the extreme step of stabbing himself to death outside the conference halls of WTOs 5th ministerial in Cancun in 2003. He climbed atop a fence outside the WTO meeting, wearing a sign that said “WTO Kills Farmers” and then proceeded to immolate himself, shocking the world and reminding everyone that the WTO literally spells death for farmers around the world.

The protesters, led by Korean Farmers, walked in a column through the halls of the BNDCC, the venue of the ministerial, in complete silence, holding their colorful flags and carrying flowers. A photo of Lee was placed in the courtyard and people placed flowers, fruits and symbolic offerings to honor Lee. The protesters also placed a photo of Lee on one of the walls in the center of the venue where there is a pictorial history of the WTO’s official negotiations to mark 2003 as the year of Lee’s sacrifice.“We will never forget the death of our comrade Lee or the hundreds of other farmers that die everyday of poverty because of the WTO’s free trade regime. We want to show the world the real face and impact of the WTO on the people,” said Yoon Geum Soon of the Korean Women Peasants Association and a member of the International Coordinating Committee of La Via Campesina.

“We want to remind the world the the WTO kills farmers, just as comrade Lee had done by taking his own life. In India, 1 farmer commits suicide every half an hour because of the cycle of indebtedness caused by free trade. We demand our governments to stand firm against any attempt to deny small farmers their right to food and livelihoods,” said Yudhvir Singh of India.

Meanwhile a large group of Koreans carried out a simultaneous action at the Sanur Beach in Denpasar, doing a death ceremony for the WTO . They will make a hundred bows each in the Korean style to remember their comrade Lee and highlight the disastrous impacts of the WTO.

The action was carried out by La Via Campesina- the international peasants movement with 200 million members along with Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA), a newly formed coordination of Asian social movements and Gerak Lawan- an alliance of Indonesian Peoples Movements against Neocolonialism and Imperialism.

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Breaking: Civil society walks out of Warsaw climate talks – Says hope lies with building peoples’ power

NOTE: GJEP did not go to the UN Climate charade due to the takeover by corporate interests.  We walked out in Durban, South Africa two years ago and never came back.  Actually two people from GJEP had to be carried out of the Durban talks by UN security in protest of the exclusion of peoples’ voices from the negotiations.

To read GJEP’s analysis of the takeover of the UN process, download Part I of The Green Shock Doctrine, a paper in four parts, which we wrote as a means to help expose and examine the deeper issues behind the climate crisis and their links to many of the other crises we are facing.

–The GJEP Team

WARSAW, POLAND, November 21, 2013 – Today, one day before the planned conclusion of the Warsaw UN climate talks, hundreds of individuals from all continents representing social movements, trade unions and non-governmental organizations walked out of the UN climate conference in protest. [1]

Polluters and corporations dominated this conference with their empty talk, so we walked out in protest. Polluters talk, we walk,” said Jagoda Munic, Chairperson of Friends of the Earth International.

While people around the world are paying with their lives and livelihoods, and the risk of runaway climate change draws closer, we simply could not sit by this egregious inaction. Corporate profits should not come before peoples’ lives,” said Jagoda Munic.

People and communities around the world who are already implementing climate-safe, local energy systems are the real climate leaders. Together, we must now apply political pressure so that our governments follow these leaders instead of the corporate polluters,” she added.

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Genetically engineered trees under USDA consideration could harm environment – report

Note: The report mentioned below was put out by our allies at the Center for Food Safety.  CFS and Global Justice Ecology Project are organizing an international strategy meeting on GE trees later this month.

–The GJEP Team

November 08, 2013 Source: RT

AFP Photo / Patrick Pleul

AFP Photo / Patrick Pleul

As the US Department of Agriculture considers whether to authorize the unrestricted planting of genetically engineered Eucalyptus trees experts are warning that such a policy would not only be unnatural, but negatively impact the environment.

The GE tree is primarily developed by ArborGen, a biotechnology corporation that has been met with protests in recent months, to provide materials to create paper and the wood pellets that fuel power plants around the world. Despite the trees’ propensity for cooler climates, ArborGen has sought to promote the trees’ growth in the south eastern US under the notion that they will help the environment sustain itself.

Yet a new report from the Center for Food Safety titled “Genetically Engineered Trees: The New Frontier of Biotechnology” details how GE trees could increase greenhouse gas emission and reduce biodiversity.

Commercializing GE trees could be devastating to the environment,” Debbie Barker, international program director for the Center for Food Safety, told Eco Watch. “Factory forests’ will accelerate and expand large-scale, chemical-intensive, monoculture plantations. We need to understand the risks in order to determine if GE trees are a sustainable way forward or a dangerous diversion.”

Among the concerns laid out in the report is the immediate risk GE trees would pose to natural trees in the surrounding area. Not only are they expected to suck up at least twice as much water as normal trees, but GE trees are also known for their ability to spread seeds and pollens over great distances. If wild trees become contaminated they could be more vulnerable to pests and pathogens, thus risking the life span of natural US forests. The GE trees would also require substantial amounts of fertilizers and pesticides as well.

Eucalyptus is the first forest tree now being considered for approval for unrestricted planting, but some of the largest biotechnology, paper and energy corporations are experimenting on pine, poplar, chestnut and several varieties of fruit,” said Barker, who also edited the report.

Despite these and other warnings, biotech corporations have a strong incentive to argue against any environmental objections. If GE eucalyptus is approved, according to Eco Watch, ArborGen expects that company profits will explode from $25 million to $500 million in just five years.

Another red flag for the Center for Food Safety is the assertion that burning wood pellets slows climate change. The report acknowledges that the method, which involves selling European stumps to European companies so they can keep power plants running 24 hours a day, helps cut down on the number of sulfur emissions. But more recent research has found that burning wood pellets likely increases the presence of other pollutants.

The USDA will consider the adoption of GE tree planting despite what environmental advocates say are scientific risks, and questions about the integrity of government’s scrutiny over ArborGen.

Rachel Smolker, co-director of the environmental advocacy group Biofuelwatch, wrote a column in The Huffington Post earlier this year alleging that vested commercial interests made rigorous evaluation of the biotech’s venture unlikely.

Perhaps in part it is a response to the fact that ArborGen has succeeded in placing key personnel within positions in agencies such as the USDA and Department of Education where these decisions are made also,” she wrote. “Also, it is clear that the entire awesome weight of the biomass juggernaut comes into play.”

Subsidies are flowing into the construction of hundreds of bioenergy ‘renewable energy’ projects, including plans to convert massive coal plants to burn biomass, efforts to convert wood into ethanol and other transport fuels, as well as a suite of other biomass based chemicals and products,” Smolker continued. “The demand, and the potentially massive profits to be made, are altogether clear.”

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First Nations to resume blockade in Canadian fracking fight

Note: Clayton Thomas-Muller is on the Board of Directors of Global Justice Ecology Project

–The GJEP Team

Renewed protests follow announcement that energy company will re-start shale gas exploration

By Sarah Lazare, November 5, 2013.  Source:  Common Dreams

A Royal Proclamation day feast brought out over 300 to the anti-fracking blockade in Rexton, New Brunswick in early October. [Photo: Miles Howe]

Elsipogtog First Nations members are heading back to the streets in New Brunswick this week to defend their land from a gas drilling company seeking to re-start exploratory fracking operations in the region.

The new wave of local anti-drilling resistance will resume an ongoing battle between the community members who faced a paramilitary-style onslaught by police last month that sparked international outcry and a wave of solidarity protests.

“This is an issue of human rights and access to clean drinking water, and it’s fundamentally about sovereignty and self-determination.” –Clayton Thomas-Muller, Idle No More

The renewed protest follows a recent announcement by New Brunswick’s premiere that SWN Resources Canada, a subsidiary of the Houston-based Southwestern Energy Company, will resume shale gas exploration in First Nations territory after it was halted by blockades and protests. Continue reading

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India opens largest nuclear plant on tsunami-exposed coast, defying mass protests

By Sarah Lazare, October 22, 2013 Source: Common Dreams

Local residents worried Fukushima-style disaster could wreak havoc on people and environment

Mass protests against Kudankulam increased after the Fukushima disaster (Photo: IBTimes.com)

Despite years of opposition and protest from local residents, India opened its largest nuclear power plant on Tuesday in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu on a stretch of coast slammed by a 2004 tsunami.

The joint Indo-Russian Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant opened at the tail-end of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Russia. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., which, according to Bloomberg, is the country’s only atomic energy producer, started up part of one of its reactors worth $2.84 billion on Tuesday.

The opening moved forward despite a thousands-strong protest over the weekend in which over 200 people were arrested.

The plant, which was planned in 1988 and started undergoing construction in 1997, has faced a series of delays due to protests from local communities concerned that it will ruin the Bay of Bengal ecosystem and devastate the local fishing economy, AsiaNews reports.

Protests increased in intensity and regularity following the tsunami-sparked meltdown and ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

To mark the second anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown in March 2013, 600 boats filled with 4,000 workers in the fishing industry waved black flags in the sea behind the Kudankulam plant.

Despite widespread concerns, Singh has vowed to drastically expand nuclear power in India.


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‘We draw the line’: Coal-impacted Lummi Nation and Northern Cheyenne unite in solidarity

By , Oct 9, 2013. Source: Intercontinental Cry

Photo by Paul AndersonPhoto by Paul Anderson

Offering solidarity to Indigenous Nations, last month five Carvers from the Lummi Nation House of Tears set out on a journey up the Pacific North West Coast hoping to send a message of Kwel’Hoy, or ‘We Draw The Line’ to the resource extraction industry. With them, lain carefully on the flat bed of a truck, the Lummi carried a beautifully-carved 22-foot cedar totem pole for Indigenous communities to bless along the way. Their journey gained international attention as a pilgrimage of hope, healing and determination for the embattled Indigenous Nations they visited.

The rich prairies and clear streams of Otter Creek, Montana, land of the Northern Cheyenne, were the first stop on the Totem Pole’s profound journey. Both the Lummi carvers who made the 1,200 mile trip inland and the Northern Cheyenne who received them, currently face major, interconnected threats from proposed coal mining developments. Bound by this common struggle the meeting of these Peoples resonated with a deep significance that replicated along the rest of the Lummi’s spiritual trail. Continue reading

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