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  • Good news: APP to "protect and restore" 1 million hectares of forests

    Blogpost by Zulfahmi - April 29, 2014 at 17:33

    During the long campaign to break Asia Pulp & Paper's (APP) deforestation habit there are some headlines I thought I would never get to write. But the above headline, like the news last year that APP would commit to 'No Deforestation', is definitely one of those.

    Over a period of ten years of campaigning APP became the posterchild of everything that was wrong in forest management, its name synonymous with Indonesian forest destruction and a large dose of greenwash.

    The news today that the company will work with stakeholders to protect and restore an area that is equivalent to the area of plantations that have been developed by the company and its suppliers provides more evidence that APP is changing course. It is a major step forward for APP and for conservation in Indonesia - and build... Read more >

  • Open Letter to Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's President

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - April 28, 2014 at 12:01

    In the lead-up to the World Cup and following a trip to Brazil in March, I wrote to President Dilma Rousseff, asking her to welcome and embrace the protests in Brazil as an opportunity to build a more just, diverse and free society. 

    While in Brazil I met with representatives from Amnesty International, Article 19 and Conectas Human Rights. They expressed concerns about the escalating violence on Brazilian streets and how this is being used as an excuse to fast track the approval of bills within the Brazilian Congress which restrain Brazilian democratic rights and tend to increase the criminalization of social movements.

    Street protests in Brazil started in June 2013, mainly due to bus fares, but rapidly expanded to cover other issues - such as the lack of proper education, sanitation and... Read more >

  • So long Shane, thanks for all the 'fush'

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - April 24, 2014 at 14:03

    So Shane Jones is off. Retired from politics he says. Couldn’t give 100 percent to the cause so he did what he thought was best for the Party.

    Shane Jones has always been a polarising figure and never more so when it comes to his dislike for us: “the Green Priests”. We’ve clashed on many issues, most notably his pro-oil and gas stance and his support for destructive fishing in the Pacific. We spoofed a Sealord video, highlighting the impact the company was having on our oceans. Much like an oil spill, his rage washed up on the telly as he leapt to the defence of his former paymasters who had given him 10 grand in 2011.

    And now Parliament's resident firebrand is chasing the money once again and seemingly selling out to National.