Posts Tagged ‘Friends of the Earth’

Food & Environmental Organizations #2: Friends of the Earth

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Friends of the Earth is one of my favorite environmental organizations & this posting has lots of good info. es

P.S. The message will bleed into the right hand margin.



Tell Blackrock to divest from deforestation!

Every year, big agribusiness slashes an area of tropical rainforest the size of Oregon. Tropical deforestation displaces communities, destroys countless species of plants and animals, and produces nearly a quarter of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

But these businesses don’t act alone — they’re propped up by financial firms like BlackRock, the world’s largest investment company. BlackRock has more money invested in big agribusiness than any other company in the world.

We simply can’t stop the destruction of places like the Amazon Rainforest unless BlackRock changes its ways. Pressure is building on the company to stop fueling deforestation. But we need your help to convince BlackRock to act!

Fight rainforest destruction: Tell BlackRock to adopt a No Deforestation Policy!

In 2019, the world watched the Amazon Rainforest burn. This destruction was driven by soy and cattle interests. BlackRock’s financing enabled the Brazilian government to act with impunity, and many BlackRock-funded companies are poised to profit from the destruction.

Industrial plantation agriculture does not only cause deforestation — it is also a leading cause of violent land conflicts that dispossess and displace Indigenous peoples and local communities.

Black Rock is one of the largest investors in agribusiness from Brazil to Borneo. So there’s a lot it can do to help solve our world’s deforestation problem.

But so far BlackRock has done nothing to stop the companies it invests in from tearing down the world’s last great rainforests. The investment giant will only change its ways if it feels pressure from people like you!

Protect our planet’s rainforest: Tell BlackRock to stop fueling deforestation!

BlackRock manages a jaw-dropping $7 trillion in assets. Trillions of dollars that could help solve the climate crisis rather than fund rainforest destruction and human rights violations.

So what can BlackRock specifically do to fight deforestation? It can use shareholder power to pressure the companies it owns to end deforestation. It can vote out the managers at these companies that let the problems continue. And when agribusiness companies refuse to change their ways, BlackRock can cut these companies out of its portfolios.

There is no way through the climate crisis that doesn’t involve making Wall Street giants like BlackRock change their ways. As a self-proclaimed leader in responsible investing, BlackRock should be investing our dollars in fighting the destruction of lands and communities.

Around the world, people of all ages, from the elderly to the youth, have been rising up to tell BlackRock to divest from destruction. Now we need you with us, Ellen Sue, to demand BlackRock defund deforestation. Our planet can’t wait!

Join the anti-deforestation movement: Tell BlackRock to divest from deforestation!

Standing with you,
Jeff Conant,
Senior international forests program manager,
Friends of the Earth 

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
A few days ago I posted about pollinators. This one focuses specifically on bees:


Take action NOW: Tell your Representative to ban bee-killing pesticides in National Wildlife Refuges!

Our wildlife refuges should be a safe space for all wildlife, including bees. But Trump’s Administration is allowing bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides to be used in these refuges.

This means plant and animal species that are supposed to be protected in refuges are at risk of being wiped out by toxic pesticides.

As a leading cause of bee decline, neonics have no place in our environment, most certainly not in our refuges. The good news is that Rep. Nydia Velázquez has introduced a bill to ban neonics and make our refuges safe for bees and other pollinators. We need your help to build support for this bill!

Help save the bees: Tell your Representative to ban bee-killing pesticides in National Wildlife Refuges.

Neonic pesticides are extremely toxic to bees and other pollinators. Over the last two decades neonic use has skyrocketed, while pollinator and honeybee populations have plummeted. A growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that pesticides like neonicotinoids are a leading contributor to pollinator declines.

Our National Wildlife Refuges are meant to conserve wildlife species, especially those that are endangered or at risk of becoming endangered. The Obama Administration introduced a ban on neonics, but the Trump Administration’s Fish and Wildlife Service reversed this decision, putting our bees in grave danger.

Bees and other pollinators are essential to our food systems and agriculture economy. Up to $577 billion of our annual global food production relies on the contributions of pollinators. We can’t let the Trump Administration’s efforts to prioritize the interests of the pesticide industry threaten our public lands and wildlife. With your help we can convince legislators across the country to stand up to the pesticide industry and ban these toxic pesticides on our refuges. But we need you to take action NOW!

Email your representative NOW: Tell them to protect bees and other pollinators, not pesticide industry profits.

The pesticide industry has successfully influenced policymakers in the Trump Administration. Pesticide corporations spend tens of millions of dollars lobbying to prevent any restrictions on their products. These efforts have succeeded in convincing policymakers to deregulate pesticide use. Now our pollinators and food system are in serious danger.

Pollinators and other insects are dying at an alarming rate and overuse of neonics is a key driver. If we don’t take immediate action to protect critical pollinators like bees and other insects, scientists warn we could soon see a ‘complete collapse of nature’s ecosystems.”

There is no doubt that pesticide companies are working hard persuading legislators to allow the continued use of these toxic chemicals. We can’t let the chemical industry harm our refuges, public lands and pollinators. The only way to protect our National Wildlife Refuges is with your support. If you take action today you can help ban neonic use in refuges.

Protect our refuges: Tell your Representative to cosponsor a ban on toxic pesticides in National Wildlife Refuges.

Thank you,
Michael Jarosz,
Food and Agriculture Program,
Friends of the Earth