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Help Amazon, Stop Keystone Pipeline, Tell Cargill to Protect Rainforests and Human Rights

August 27, 2011

Image | Avaaz

Please click on and sign the following:

1. World to Dilma: Save the Amazon
2. Stop the Tar Sands Oil Keystone XL Pipeline
3. Tell Cargill to Protect Rainforests and Human Rights

1. Background | From Avaaz

The Amazon is in serious danger: Brazil is on the verge of gutting its forest protection laws — unless we act now, vast tracts of our planet’s lungs could be opened up to clear-cutting devastation.

This threat to the Amazon has sparked widespread anger and protests across the country and tensions are rising. In an effort to stifle criticism, armed thugs, allegedly hired by loggers, have murdered environmental advocates. But the movement is fighting back — in three days, brave indigenous people are leading massive marches across Brazil to demand action and inside sources say President Dilma is considering vetoing the changes.

79% of Brazilians support a veto of the forest law changes and this internal pressure is leading some in Dilma’s administration to back a veto. But we need a global cry of solidarity with the Brazilian people to really force Dilma’s hand. Our global petition will be boldly displayed on banners at the front of the massive marches for Amazon protection.Let’s reach one million to SAVE THE AMAZON! Sign the urgent petition and send this on to everyone.

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2. Background | From IS Foundation

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a project that would transport extremely toxic tar sands oil 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada through the middle of the US heartland to the Texas Gulf coast for refining. Tar sands oil production is one of the most destructive strip mining techniques on earth and results in deforestation, habitat loss, ground water contamination, pillaging of native lands, and three times the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere than that of traditional oil.

Tar sands oil is amongst the dirtiest and carbon-intensive fuels on earth, and a spill along the pipeline’s route will be catastrophic for American farmers and residents in the region, fish and wildlife, and the food supply. The recent pipeline spills of tar sands oil into the Yellowstone River on July 1, 2011 and the massive spill in the Kalamazoo River in July 2010 underscore the dangers of this type of pipeline. Most troubling, the first Keystone pipeline, developed with state-of-the-art technology and only in operation since June 2010, has already spilled 12 times in its first year in operation, which is a stark reminder of the risks involved with this proposed expansion project.

Canadian towns near the tar sands production are already reeling from the impacts of this dirty fuel, and now a foreign corporation, TransCanada, wants to jeopardize Americans with the same type of environmental destruction for the sake of private industry profits.

At a time when America needs to reduce its reliance on oil and to protect the environment for future generations, the Keystone XL pipeline would keep our country addicted to this unsustainable and highly polluting fuel even longer. Instead of recklessly fast-tracking this dangerous project, the US could instead be focusing our attention on encouraging lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles, electrification of transportation, expansion of mass-transit, and other proven solutions for reducing our oil demand, while preserving our environment at the same time.

Changing the way we use energy is in our national interest. As President Obama himself has said, “For the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, we must end the age of oil in our time.” Denying the permit for Keystone XL will send a powerful signal that the United States is boldly taking action on climate change and clean energy by refusing to be tethered to the energy sources of the past.

We call on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama to fulfill their promises to act on climate change by denying the permit for Keystone XL.

3. Background | From RAN

Cargill Inc. just reported a record net profit of $4.2 billion dollars. As the world’s biggest importer of rainforest-destroying palm oil into the US, it’s easy to see how. Cargill’s palm oil operation has been run with the ruthless mentality of a cut throat trader: buy low, sell high and to hell with the inconvenience of considering the impact on people and planet.

Tell Cargill CEO Greg Page that his balance sheet must be cleared of slave labor, human rights violations and species extinction.

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leave our planet as it was meant to be
with humans and animals, together
in safe company
do not mess with nature
treat all beings with care
or one day when you wake up
there will nothing, there

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2011 6:21 am

    leave our planet as it was meant to be
    with humans and animals, together
    in safe company
    do not mess with nature
    treat all beings with care
    or one day when you wake up
    there will nothing, there


  2. August 28, 2011 1:07 pm

    We, the “superior” animals, should be surgically removed from the planet: our superiority (pfff) is to destroy everything (and everyone!)
    All done, thanks x


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