4 more ‘Food not Bombs’ activists arrested.

Feeding: The anti-poverty group Orlando Food Not Bombs has been passing out free food in city parks for years.

cross-posted from the Miami Herald

ORLANDO, Fla. — Four more activists have been arrested for feeding pancakes and donuts to the homeless in downtown Orlando.

Police officers handcuffed the activists and loaded them into a police van Monday just after they had distributed food to about 30 homeless people in defiance of a city ordinance.

The Orlando ordinance requires groups to get a permit to feed 25 or more people in parks in a downtown district. The rules also restrict the groups to two permits per year for each park.

The law was passed in 2006, but Orlando Food Not Bombs challenged it in court. In April, a federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled that the Orlando law was legal.

Last week, four other activists were arrested for violating the law.

“Responsible” soy labelled ”greenwash. Earth 1st.

Soy fields encroach on Brazilian rainforests accelerating deforestation and destroying biodiversity. Life is replaced by industrial agriculture.

On Wednesday 8 June, the first bags of certified “responsible” soy will be issued to companies such as Ahold and FrieslandCampina, during a ceremony in Rotterdam. This voluntary certification scheme is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund and will be marketed by the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS). One certificate represents one tonne of soy products: beans, flour or oil. [1]

However, the new label has repeatedly been dismissed by hundreds of organisations as “greenwashing”. Networks including Friends of the Earth International, Global Forest Coalition and Food & Water Watch wrote a letter in March this year to warn supermarkets not to cooperate with this misleading label. 23,000 consumers signed an email petition with a similar message. [2]

“This soylabel is a typical example of consumer deceit”, says Nina Holland of Corporate Europe Observatory. “Importing soy for industrial livestock farming in the Netherlands is inherently unsustainable. Apart from that the soy is produced with intensive use of agrotoxins. Even genetically manipulated soy that is resistant to the herbicide Roundup can be called ‘responsible’ according to this new label”, she adds.

Read more here


Fracking the world. New Int.

Issue 442

Big oil is on the move. there’s a rush to exploit new sources of ‘unconventional’ natural gas via hydraulic fracturing – or ‘fracking’. The environmental price tag, as Joyce Nelson reports, is steep.


Warning: drink at your peril! Tap water drawn from aquifers that have been contaminated by fracking is so full of toxic chemicals that it can be set alight.

Caution: flammable water

I was getting horrible burns and rashes from taking a shower and then my dogs refused to drink the water…

In North America, shale gas has become increasingly controversial because of fracking. Huge volumes of water are mixed with sand and dozens of toxic chemicals like benzene, toluene and xylene, and then injected under extreme pressure to shatter the underground rock reservoir and release gas trapped in the rock pores. Each ‘slick-water frack’ uses nearly 20 million litres of freshwater. The toxic chemicals mixed in the water endanger groundwater aquifers and threaten to pollute nearby water-wells. With horizontal drilling, a well can be fracked more than a dozen times, making the fractures extend several kilometres………..

Filmmaker Josh Fox found the same thing happening across the US in many of the 34 states where fracking is taking place. His feature-length documentary, Gasland, won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award this year.

Gasland shows a man setting his water alight and people in 10 different states talking about how their communities were ruined by hydraulic fracturing. One gas company recently bought out the town of Dimock, Pennsylvania, for $4.1 million because fracking made the water completely undrinkable. Fox calls his documentar

y ‘a public health story’ because ‘health problems throughout these regions are really rampant’……..

In Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and West Virginia over the past two years, almost 1,000 small-to-medium-sized earthquakes are being investigated as ‘induced earthquakes’ caused by nearby fracking and wastewater disposal wells.

Meanwhile, the reputation of shale gas – as a clean fossil fuel that could last for a century – is rapidly deteriorating. In January, new research by the EPA found that greenhouse gas emissions from fracking are almost 9,000 times higher than previously calculated, because of methane emissions. And some petroleum geologists are now saying that because the wells deplete so quickly shale gas represents only about seven years’ supply in North America.

Given the consequences it’s no wonder the industry is fretting about its public image. As Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester’s Tyndall Centre, puts it: ‘The only safe place for shale gas is in the ground.’…


On the fracking radar

Some countries targeted for shale gas development.

Countries Companies interested
France Elixir Petroleum Ltd, Vermillion Energy, Toreador Resources
Poland ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Talisman Energy, Chevron
Indonesia BP
China Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips
Australia ConocoPhillips, Origin Energy Ltd, BP, Statoil, Chesapeake, Sasol
Nigeria ExxonMobil
Hungary ExxonMobil
Germany ExxonMobil
Austria OMV
Ukraine Royal Dutch Shell
Sweden Royal Dutch Shell
South Africa Statoil, Chesapeake, Sasol
Algeria BP
India Statoil, Chesapeake, Sasol
New Zealand Statoil, Chesapeake, Sasol, Energy Corp of America

Joyce Nelson is a freelance writer and researcher based in Toronto.

Artic: resource grabbing sparks war fears

Scramble for Arctic oil and gas puts pristine ecosystem at risk

Mark Jansen

6th June, 2011

The Arctic is becoming a battleground as Russia, Norway, Canada and the US vie for access to oil, gas and minerals – campaigners fear safety and the environment will be the losers

one cannot exclude that in the future there will be…armed intervention

The Arctic covers 30 million square km, has 24 time zones and is home to just four million people. It also has vast reserves of oil and gas, not to mention diamonds, platinum, nickel and iron.

Those reserves have been known about for centuries, yet a combination of new extraction technology and rising demand means that the human race is ready to start ripping them out – raising the threat of devastating pollution to a uniquely clean environment and worsening the problem of global warming, even as the ice caps are melting.

Greenpeace claims they could even cause a war in the region, with releases this month by Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing website, showing how the scramble for oil and gas in the Arctic is sparking military tension. Norway’s foreign minister is quoted as saying regular military flights by the Russians up and down Norway’s coast had helped to justify the purchase of four new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter combat aircraft to the Norwegian public. Meanwhile, the head of the Russian navy is quoted as saying ‘one cannot exclude that in the future there will be a redistribution of power [in the region], up to armed intervention.’

Instead of seeing the melting of the Arctic ice cap as a spur to action on climate change, point out campaigners, Arctic nations are preferring to invest in military hardware to fight for the oil beneath it.

Read more HERE

Toma la calle / Take the Streets/Barcelona

English.. Barcelona camp in Plaza Catalunya WILL CONTINUE.

There has been some confusion with some tired people proposing to close or only open by day.

However others are keen to continue, with several big demos and lots of small ones planned.

The rapid evolution to ASSEMBLIES IN THE  BARRIOS continues



Las comisiones y los acampados, seguirán acampando de noche y trabajando de día.

by un de comisió d’acció 06 Jun 2011
Comisión de acción y la mayoría del resto de comisiones siguen acampando, también de noche, y quieren denunciar el proceso seguido para intentar desmantelar acampada barcelona.
El sabado,por sorpresa,se presenta durante 20 minutos, un tiempo exagerado en esta asambea, la propuesta de acabar con la acampada y proponiendo “vinir de dia a una pocas estructuras(desmantelando TODAS las otras) donde estas estructuras serán reservadas a unas pocas comisiones (contenidos, dinamización..que son las que están detras de la propuesta,claro),rompiendo la cohesion del espacio e ideas, y facilitando la direccion de TODOS por UNOS POCOS…
La propuesta se sube en tiempo récord a la web oficial, la comisión de Comunicació,la encargada de ello,NO SABE NADA, Alguien que sabe los codigos se ha encargado de ello..

Domingo. Denunciamos estos hechos en la reunión de Comisiones.Indignación general,se intenta impedir la votación de la propuesta hasta que se aclare,pero antes de que nos pongamos en marcha empiazan a aparecer mas y mas personas hasta 40,que no son de ninguna comisión y nadie los ha visto nunca.. Son el “grupo de trabajo” que no comisión, que ha elaborado la propuesta… acompañados finalmente por el grupo que esta “dinamizando” las asambleas revientan la reunión entre gritos.

nosotros seguimos todos acampados y trabajando, ahora es más importante venir acampar que nunca con lo qeu si quieres coge tu saco y vente a pasar la noche con nosotros.

Change the rules. Subvert the System. Save the Planet.

Change the rules, subvert the system, save the planet

The recent figures on CO2 emissions are sobering. Despite the fact that the world has suffered a terrible recession, emissions are still rising.

In essence all the efforts to tackle climate change have simply slowed the rise a little rather than reversing it.
The problem is that the solutions to climate change put forward at international conferences like Copenhagen and Cancun dare not deal with the real root cause of climate change – our current economic system.
Simply put, our economic system is based on the accumulation of money. There is a constant race to throw money into the system and to get more money out at the other end.
That’s what modern life is about.
From Fifa to the current conflict in Libya, the desire to accumulate cash sets the objectives for society. If something makes cash it is holy in the eyes of the economists, the media and virtually all political parties.
So climate change is tackled internationally by “market-based” methods. These fail time and time again, but more effective action would require a change in our priorities.
Our economic system is based on resource extraction. Minerals, metals and fossil fuels are taken out of the ground, made into goods and then thrown away.The faster the cycle the more profit is made.
If you think about it for more than a minute or two, there is something rather mad about this methodology. The cost to the natural environment is immense. Right across the planet fragile ecosystems are under enormous threat.

The human cost is also huge. The value of good is….

CONTINUE HERE              another-green-world.

Danny Chivers on climate change denial

This is an episode in the Radio NI podcast series, which features regular interviews with contributors to New Internationalist’s magazine and books. You can subscribe to this podcast for free in iTunes, or via the RSS feed, or by visiting the Radio NI blog to check for new interviews. To listen, click the play symbol below, or download the MP3:Mag

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Danny Chivers is the author of The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change: The Science, The Solutions, The Way Forward, recently published by New Internationalist. He is also the author of a guide to debunking the myths of climate change deniers, the keynote article in our May issue, the main feature of which covers this issue. Here, he discusses climate change’s connection to other problems, what a zero carbon future would look like, and more.

Chivers on climate change denial — New Internationalist.

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