Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Campaign against large biofuel power station in Bristol

Biofuel company W4B Renewable Energy has applied for permission to build the largest of all proposed UK biofuel power stations in Bristol. They want to burn 90,000 tonnes of vegetable oil, most likely palm oil, every year. Over 22,000 hectares of oil palm plantations would be needed just to supply this one power station – more if any other feedstock was used. Three other biofuel power station applications have recently been refused by local authorities, including one in Portland by the same company, W4B.
This new demand for palm oil would, directly or indirectly, cause more rainforest and peatland destruction and thus more climate change, and more indigenous peoples, small farmers and other communities being displaced from their land.
Please go to
to object online to the planning application. Please note that this email action is for people who live in the UK. If you do not live in the UK then please don’t take part.
If you live in or near Bristol and can help in any way with campaigning against this proposal, please contact info@biofuelwatch.org.uk

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ALERT! Liberia's Plans to Resume Industrial Primary Rainforest Logging

Notorious illegal loggers Samling of Malaysia; who have devastated rainforests globally including those of the Penan, are about to begin destroying Liberia's rainforests. The tropical timer logging industry remains corrupt, and there is no evidence first time industrial logging of primary forests is ever ecologically sustainable or reduces poverty.
Please call upon Liberian President to pursue development based upon standing rainforests, and reject entirely the resumption of industrial logging.

Please visit Rainforest Rescue's web page and participate at:

Oil giants destroy rainforests to make palm oil diesel for motorists

Fuel companies are accelerating the destruction of rainforest by secretly adding palm oil to diesel that is sold to millions of British motorists.Twelve oil companies supplied a total of 123 million litres of palm oil to filling stations in the year to April, according to official figures obtained by The Times. Click here to read more

Please send letters in response to the first article, to letters@thetimes.co.uk. Letters should include an address and daytime telephone number.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

European Commission must stop funding aviation biofuel development

Biofuels could be used in aircrafts within the next 1-5 years, creating yet another market which will cause more climate change, deforestation, evictions, hunger and put endangered species at an even greater risk of extinction

To read more about this latest plan click here

To sign a letter to the European Commission, click here

Friday, June 19, 2009

Madagascar: Daewoo's Rainforest Land Grab in Nature's Paradise

South Korean Daewoo Group intends to lease up to 1.3 million hectares (3.2 million acres) of Madagascar's land for 99 years. This land contains significant amounts of irreplaceable biodiversity, rainforests and unique and endangered species. Find out how you can help by clicking here

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chimps 90 Percent Gone in a "Final Stronghold"

In a recent article published by National Geographic researchers found some shocking statistics when setting out to survey chimpanzee populations in West Africa. When looking at chimp populations in Côte d'Ivoire they found that they had reduced by up to 90% - a devastating loss as Côte d'Ivoire is thought to hold half of all West African chimps.

Click here to read more about the story

Visit Wildlife Direct to find out how you can contribute to conserving great apes and their habitats and how you can support the people who put themselves on the line to protect them

Friday, May 8, 2009

The story of stuff

Ever think where your ipod or radio or computer comes from?

The things we use in our everyday lives all come from somewhere....and more often than not have impacted on the environment in a negative way when being produced. Natural habitats for thousands of species around the world are being exploited, converted and destroyed to make our "stuff".

The video below highlights where "stuff" comes from, it is based on stats from USA but applies to consumers world-wide
(click on the picture or the link below to view the video)

How much stuff do you really need?