Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Save The OrangUtans


The orangutans are being killed. Let's make 2014 the year we save them.

Huge news: the world's largest palm oil company has just promised to stop destroying the rainforest. Now we need to make sure it actually happens, or it could be too late for the orangutans.

After six months of pressure from SumOfUs members, Wilmar International -- called by Newsweek the world's "least sustainable corporation" -- says it will act to save the rainforests of Southeast Asia. It's a huge step forward, but the fight's not over yet. If we stop campaigning now, Wilmar and other companies might never implement these landmark promises, and the rainforests will continue to be destroyed.

That's why we have to keep fighting. We know our campaign is working, but to stay strong and independent we don't take any money from governments or corporations -- meaning that without your continued support, this work won't happen.

Can you chip in just $1 now to make 2014 the year we end destructive palm oil production and save the orangutans?

This wouldn't have happened without all of us. For decades, Wilmar has been destroying the orangutan's last home. It had to stop, but we knew that nothing would change until companies like Kellogg's -- who buy Wilmar's palm oil -- demanded it. Our sustained pressure made sure these companies acted.

Together, here's just some of what we did:

  • Over 150,000 of us spoke up to demand that Kellogg's stop supporting Wilmar's deforestation
  • Thousands of us flooded Kellogg's phone lines around the world with our message
  • We put the campaign on investors' radars, who raised the issue with the CEO at a key shareholder meeting
  • We met directly with Kellogg's head of sustainability to demand she acted
  • We supported on-the-ground organizers in Kellogg's hometown, generating reams of media coverage
  • Thousands of us helped fund a report showing how Wilmar's suppliers were bulldozing the rainforest -- then shared the report with hundreds more consumer companies and demanded they act!

And it's working! With Kellogg's and others demanding action, Wilmar has just committed to zero deforestation policy.

The palm oil industry is a disaster for people and the planet. Deforestation in Southeast Asia is pushing the orangutan, the Sumatran tiger, and countless other endangered species to the brink of extinction. Indigenous communities have their land stolen and their livelihoods destroyed by palm oil plantations. Meanwhile, the remaining forests of Indonesia are storing as much carbon dioxide as the entire earth emits in a year, meaning that allowing the destruction to continue could detonate a carbon bomb. 

Now we're starting to change that. Wilmar controls nearly half the world's palm oil trade, so this could represent a sea change in the industry, but the fight's not over yet. If Wilmar follows through on its commitments, it will start freezing out plantations that rely on destroying forests and seizing land from local communities. Since it's such a big buyer, a huge number of plantations will have to pay attention. But implementation will be tough, and we'd be foolish to blindly trust Wilmar -- so we need to keep monitoring Wilmar closely to make sure it lives up to its promises, and be ready to hit the company if it doesn't. 

In response to our pressure, Kellogg's -- one of Wilmar's top business partners -- played a key role in pushing Wilmar to act. But it still needs to finalize its own policy ensuring that it won't buy dirty palm oil. Dozens more companies need to commit, as well. We know this campaigning is working -- but if we're complacent now, we may not stop the ongoing destruction before it's too late. That's why we have to keep going.

Chip in $1 now so we can keep campaigning to save the orangutans, and keep winning in 2014.

Thank you so much for all you've done. This wouldn't have happened without you. 

Taren, Paul, Rob and the rest of us at SumOfUs.org


SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dear friends.....

You can help put an end to shark finning in New Zealand waters. Cutting fins off live sharks is already illegal but it's still legal to kill sharks just for their fins and then dump their bodies back in the sea. In New Zealand!

New Zealand needs to join close to 100 countries and states around the world (including Australia, the EU and US) that have already banned shark finning.

Right now the NZ government is reviewing its laws around shark fishing and conservation, and has asked for public submissions. You can use this simple form on the Greenpeace website to tell them you want an immediate ban on shark finning in NZ waters:

http://greenpe.ac/for-the-sharks

Friday, October 25, 2013

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The world’s worst punishment for rape?

The world's worst punishment for rape?


Dear friends,



16-year-old Liz was gang raped so brutally that she is now in a wheelchair. But it gets worse -- instead of arresting the attackers the police got them to cut the grass, and then set them free! The story has sent shockwaves through Kenya, but to ensure the attackers and the police are held to account we need to build a massive call for justice from across the world. Let's make sure no other Kenyan child suffers like Liz. Sign now and tell everyone:
Liz was walking home from her grandfather's funeral when she was ambushed by six men who took turns raping her and then threw her unconscious body down a 6-meter toilet pit. The punishment for the vicious men who did this to her? Mow the lawn then go free after!

Liz's horror story has sent shockwaves through Kenya and now politicians and the police are under pressure to respond. But women's groups in Kenya say nothing will be done unless the government is put under the global spotlight. They are calling on us urgently to help ensure justice is done and that Liz's nightmare marks a turning-point in Kenya's rape epidemic.

Nobody has been brought to justice -- not the rapists, and not the police. Today, we change that. Let's stand with Liz right now, before the rapists and the police escape. Click below to get justice for Liz and make sure no other Kenyan child suffers this violence:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/justice_for_liz_61/?bSTejbb&v=30643

According to the girl's mother, the rapists return to Liz's home to taunt the family. They act like they're above the law, and have good reason to think so. The police just logged Liz's attack as mere "assault" and asked her mother to "clean her up", destroying key forensic evidence. Meanwhile, Liz has been confined to a wheelchair and fighting a debilitating fistula infection. 

Liz's story is an extreme example of a much bigger problem. In Kenya, two thirds of school girls and half of school boys have been sexually abused. Earlier this year, a landmark ruling by a Kenyan court found police guilty of failing to do their jobs and ordered them to uphold Kenya's strict anti-rape laws. The real test for that court decision is whether we get justice for Liz. 

The police claim that they don't have the money or training to uphold the law. But while further resources in police departments and hospitals are badly needed, you don't need much training to know that cutting the grass is no punishment for rape. The attack on Liz is truly appalling but cases like this will keep happening unless we together stand up and demand the police and authorities set a new precedent for how they treat rape victims like Liz. Stand with her now: 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/justice_for_liz_61/?bSTejbb&v=30643

Avaaz members have a track record for standing up against rape all over the world -- we recently got the Indian government to commit to a multi-billion Rupee national education campaign to combat the problem there. While we can never undo what happened to Liz, we can keep it from happening again. Let's do it. 

With hope and determination, 

David, Anne, Sam, Bissan, Oli, Ricken, Emily and the whole Avaaz team 

PS: Liz is a pseudonym given by the news outlet that broke her story and has since been widely used. She is not pictured here. 

SOURCES

Brave Busia girl battles as her rapists go scot free (The Nation)
http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/DN2/When-rapists-go-scot-free/-/957860/2022572/-/skd9s8z/-/index.html

Miscarriage of justice in brutal gang rape case shines spotlight on Kenyan police (Sabahi Online)
http://sabahionline.com/en_GB/articles/hoa/articles/features/2013/10/18/feature-02 


Police wrap up probe into girl's gang rape (The Daily Nation)
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Police-wrap-up-probe-into-girls-gang-rape/-/1056/2035702/-/format/xhtml/-/4rdyo/-/index.html  

After Kenya's landmark rape decision, all eyes on the police (Globe and Mail)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/after-kenyas-landmark-rape-decision-all-eyes-fall-on-the-police/article13545136/

Kenyan Rape Victims Seek Compensation (IWPR)
http://iwpr.net/report-news/kenyan-rape-victims-seek-compensation


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To contact Avaaz, please do not reply to this email. Instead, write to us at www.avaaz.org/en/contact or call us at +1-888-922-8229 (US).

Monday, October 21, 2013

Trapped in a Russian jail

Incredible! 863,458 have joined in days. Sign and share this with everyone -- let's hit a million and get Russia's key allies to speak out!

Dear friends,



Ana Paula and 29 of her Greenpeace crewmates are trapped in a Russian jail for trying to save the Arctic from oil drilling. But our community could set them free if we help Greenpeace build a massive global outcry targeting Russia's biggest global partners. Let's reach 1 million to free the Arctic 30 -- sign now by clicking below:
Ana Paula is a 31-year old from Brazil who wanted to peacefully protest Russia's plans to drill the Arctic. Now she, along with her 29 crewmates from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is locked in a Russian jail with no release in sight. But we can throw her and the rest of her crew a lifeline.   

The Greenpeace staff, some in solitary confinement, are now facing fifteen years in prison on trumped up charges of piracy. Their crime? Hanging a banner on a Russian oil rig to protest dangerous deepwater drilling in one of the earth's most beautiful and fragile places. Many western governments have already spoken out, but now Ana Paula and Greenpeace are asking the Avaaz community to help build a truly global outcry. 

Together we can call on some of Russia's strongest trade and political partners -- Brazil, India, South Africa and the EU -- to call for the release of the Arctic 30. Let's reach 1 million to free Ana Paula and her friends. Once we hit that mark, Avaaz will project their faces in key public places to keep this story at the top of the news:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bSTejbb&v=30450

This is what Ana Paula's sister said about her: "In many ways, my sister is a typical Brazilian -- talkative, friendly, and full of life. But she's also simply extraordinary, passionate about nature since she was little, and never hesitating to stand up for it even at great personal risk."

Now Ana Paula and her crewmates could lose 15 years of their lives, all for trying to hang a banner on a Gazprom oil rig, the first of its kind in the Arctic. This is an aggressive backlash against defenders of our environment -- stopping oil drilling in the Arctic is about protecting the last great wilderness on earth, where oil spills are almost impossible to clean up.

Greenpeace has hired great lawyers who point out that the 30 were arrested in international waters, making Russia the one violating the international Law of the Sea. But being on the right side of the law may not be enough to regain their freedom, and their dreadful fate may be sealed soon unless the international community lets Russia know that this is a scandal that's not going to go away.

Avaaz has a particularly powerful voice in many of these countries with huge memberships -- 5 million in Brazil alone! If we all weigh in now and build a one million strong petition, Avaazers in Brazil, South Africa, India, and the EU can ramp up the pressure. Sign now to help build 1 million people to help free the Arctic 30:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bSTejbb&v=30450

These Arctic 30 were brave enough to confront the oil industry in one of the last untouched places on earth. They are being silenced and intimidated by the oil industry for their bravery. Our community has stood strong for campaigners across the world -- now let's free these 30.

With hope and determination,

Jamie, Alex, Emma, Lisa, Ricken, Marie, Julien, Diego and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Russia accuses Greenpeace crew of 'piracy' in Arctic (BBC) 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24222392 
 
Dutch sue Russia to recover 'pirate' Greenpeace crew (France24)
http://www.france24.com/en/20131004-netherlands-russia-greenpeace-oil-arctic-piracy-justice

What Russia's Treatment of Greenpeace Activists Reveals About its Arctic Policy (The Atlantic) 
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/10/what-russia-s-treatment-of-greenpeace-activists-reveals-about-its-arctic-policy/280352/

Legal analysis by International law professor Prof. Dr. Stefan Kirchner
http://fr.scribd.com/doc/173374193/Comment-on-the-institution-of-arbitration-proceedings-between-the-Kingdom-of-the-Netherlands-and-the-Russian-Federation-concerning-the-case-of-the-shi

Black Ice: Russia's ongoing oil spill crisis (Report, Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/arctic-impacts/The-dangers-of-Arctic-oil/Black-ice--Russian-oil-spill-disaster/


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that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

To contact Avaaz, please write to us at www.avaaz.org/en/contact or call us at +1-888-922-8229 (US).

Friday, September 20, 2013

Top 10 Toxic Products You Don’t Need

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