Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) is a national environmental organization that has approximately eighty local groups. Milieudefensie was founded in 1971 and has gathered more than 80.000 members and supporters since then. Jongeren Milieu Aktief (JMA), the independent youth department, has several thousand partners.
The oil palm company Bumitama is guilty of land grabbing and illegal deforestation on Indonesian Borneo. In order to establish a plantation, the company cleared forest where endangered orang-utans live and drained peat lands, which has serious consequences for the climate. Furthermore, Bumitama operates a large plantation without a permit, and thus is marketing illegal palm oil. Rabobank invests millions of euros from Dutch savings accounts in this company.
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Biofuels seemed ideal. They would lead to lower CO2 emissions and reduced dependence on oil imports from unstable or dictatorial countries. However, using biofuels will not prevent climate change and their production competes with food production. It would be better to invest money and energy in cleaner vehicles, better public transport and protection of forests. This way the last forests will be preserved and agricultural lands used for food will remain intact.
Do you remember the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? At least two times more oil has been leaked in Nigeria. A UN report (UNEP, August 2011) revealed that the region is even more severely polluted than we feared. The consequences for local people are immense. As the largest foreign oil corporation in Nigeria, Shell is to a significant degree responsible for this. We therefore ask Shell to clean up the oil, compensate residents and maintain pipelines and installations properly to prevent new leaks.
If you look further than your screen, you’ll see what manufacturers don’t want you to see. The Indonesian island of Bangka is being destroyed to provide the tin for our tablets, laptops and mobile telephones. But Bangka’s tin mines could start operating responsibly right away, if the producers of our electronic gadgets chose to do so – and people, wildlife and nature would be spared.
Our story is a story of change. It’s about another viewpoint and another choice – a story of hope and believing, as well as about action and courage.
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