10 Feb 2008

Two victories won by Ecological Internet

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PRESS RELEASE
Ecological Internet Surges with Two Decisive Victories

Follows science showing right on biofuels and natural
ecosytems, and recent news of three preliminary victories

February 10, 2008
By Ecological Internet
Contact: Dr. Glen Barry, glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org,
+1 920 776 1075

(Earth) - Ecological Internet's Earth Action Network reports
two stunning victories in campaigns to promote global
ecological sustainability. Colombia's Constitutional Court has
declared their Forestry Bill unenforceable because it treats
forests only as wood, and indigenous and black peoples that
have protected forests for decades were not consulted [1]. And
French President Sarkozy has announced gold mining activity by
a Canadian company in French Guiana's rainforests has been
permanently cancelled [2]. We had earlier reported progress on
these measures.

These decisive victories come as Ecological Internet (EI) has
recently reported important initial success in helping to
freeze oil palm development in Woodlark, Papua New Guinea;
ending rainforest timber use for park benches in NYC; and
keeping ancient timbers out of Ocean City, New Jersey's
boardwalks and in rainforest canopies [3]. Efforts continue to
finalize and expand these recent initial strategic victories.
Ecological Internet's ecological science based environmental
advocacy continues to prove itself time and time again.

For years EI has highlighted impacts of ill-conceived biofuel
development. EI led successful efforts to highlight the
tremendous carbon released to "protect" the climate by oil
palm production in Indonesia's peatlands, making it an
international issue. We were amongst the first to work on
global biofuels' impact upon ecosystems, food and water. This
week science caught up with EI's ecological intuition, as a
definitive report shows biofuel production releases huge
amounts of carbon as it almost always results in clearing of
natural ecosystems [4].

In each case EI's large international protest campaigns
supported active, well organized local opposition. Their
efforts had become stymied by local power elites, and
international protest came at just the right target and time
to shame them internationally, strengthen local demands, and
delay inevitable start of ecological destruction to allow time
to pursue final victory. "Assuming success raising funds, EI
expects to continue leading and contributing to saving the
world's rainforests and climate," says EI's President Dr.
Barry [5].

"The world needs to stop looking for easy answers to failing
global ecosystems; and commence radical, even revolutionary,
means to protect our atmosphere, land, water and oceans. The
Earth and humanity's very survival -- being -- depends upon
protecting and restoring intact ecosystems, ending burning of
fossil fuels, reducing human population and consumption, and
other sufficient actions to avert global ecological collapse."

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Additional information:

[1] The original URL for the protest campaign is found at:
http://www.ecoearth.info/alerts/send.asp?id=colombia

[2] Ecological Internet worked closely with Pita Verweij of
the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and
Innovation. The original URL for the protest campaign is found
at:
http://www.ecoearth.info/alerts/send.asp?id=french_guyana

[3] A list of selected recent environmental victories by EI
can be found at: http://www.ecoearth.info/kudos/

[4] More on emissions from land clearance to grow biofuels:
http://www.rainforestportal.org/issues/2008/02/biofuels_from_c
leared_natural.asp

[5] Twice yearly EI appeals for donations, we seek to increase
our foundation support, and tax-deductible gifts are always
appreciated at http://www.ecoearth.info/donate/

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