A journey into the soul of humanity - A powerful statement about deforestation and the global industrial economy.
-▶ "ALMA" explores the devastating impacts of the cattle industry on the Amazon and a powerful statement about the global industrial economy.
Beautifully shot, alternately joyful and horrifying, Alma captures the ecological, and even spiritual, cost of meat, dairy, and leather production in the Amazon.
A cinematic journey into the world's forests and the industries that are destroying them, this time heading to Brazil to explore the devastating impacts of the cattle industry. Here he creates a powerful statement about the global industrial economy and the speed with which virgin forests are being cleared for timber and new grazing land... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8uVOYQPobzo
BRAZIL'S MOST DANGEROUS POLITICIAN
Guardian Environment, May 05, 2014
-▶ BRAZIL'S 'CHAINSAW QUEEN' TAKES ON ENVIRONMENTALISTS . Outside the political hothouse of Brasilia, there are probably few who can name the head of Brazil's powerful agricultural lobby, yet the woman in question, Kátia Abreu, is rapidly becoming the country's most interesting, important – and dangerous – politician.
The senator and rancher from Tocantins was an influential force in the weakening of Brazil's forest code blamed by many for the recent rise in Amazon deforestation. Her support – in parliament and in an acerbic newspaper column – for more roads through the Amazon, congressional control over demarcation of indigenous reserves, more efficient monocultures and genetically modified "terminator seeds" has earned her the wrath of environmentalists who have called her "Miss Deforestation", "chainsaw queen" and the "face of evil".
Abreu, however, is defiant, saying she is preparing to run for president one day and wants to help Brazil overtake the US as the world's biggest food producer. "Running for president is not a plan – it is fate. I'm getting ready for that, preparing in case it is my destiny," she said in an interview at her office in Brasilia. "Criticism from radical environmentalists is the best form of endorsement. It gives me satisfaction. It shows I am on the right track and playing the right role." http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/05/brazil-chainsaw-queen-katia-abreu-amazon-deforestation
March 2, 2013 - Guardian Environment
-▶ LUXURY LEATHER, SUPPLY CHAINS AND AMAZON DEFORESTATION
Cattle ranches are threatening the Amazon thanks to our love of luxury leather goods. But, reports Lucy Siegle, Brazil's forests could have an unlikely ally: Gucci ...
... the more I see of the (fashion) industry, the more I am convinced the supply chain has become so confused that brands genuinely don't know where their raw materials are from.... Currently the luxury market is the key growth area in the fashion industry, so it's vital that this sector engages with ethical issues.
"This is the future of quality fashion and credible brands," says Livia Firth. "Taking responsibility for the supply chain from beginning to end. I think that's a beautiful thing." http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/03/luxury-leather-and-amazon-deforestation
August 26, 2013 Mongabay
-▶ 85% OF BRAZILIAN LEATHER GOES TO MARKETS SENSITIVE TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0822-tcs-walker-brazil-cattle.html
-▶ THE AMAZON'S FIRST SUSTAINABLE CATTLE RANCH: CATTLE THE RIGHT WAY http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/stories/cattle-and-conservation
-▶ AMAZON RAINFORESTS: DEFORESTATION, MINING RISES AGAIN IN BRAZIL'S AMAZON IMPACTING ECOSYSTEMS, CLIMATE, DEVASTATING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/9FG1Lt
December 8, 2012 - Mongabay
-▶ DAMS ARE RAPIDLY DAMNING THE AMAZON http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1208-raisg-amazon-dams.html#z4PLhoBPx4vBhZD0.02
BRAZIL DECREE OPENS TRIBAL LANDS TO MINING, DAMS IN 'NATIONAL INTEREST' http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0726-brazil-indigenous-directive.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;amp;utm_medium=twitter
Mongabay, May 14, 2014
▶ NEW REPORT REVEALS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY CORPORATIONS, GOVERNMENTS IN THE AMAZON.
The report took over six months to complete and gives an in-depth account of the conflicts activists and indigenous peoples (IPs) are having with corporations and governmental agencies. It relays a situation that does not look good.
The report details everything from physical attacks to “systematic pressure” by corporations and governments. According to the report, conflicts over land and territories have reached a ten-year peak in Brazil. In Peru, social conflicts have tripled since 2008, with two-thirds of the reported cases defined as “socioenvironmental” conflicts. http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0514-dulaney-regnskogfondet.html
-▶ DAMS, ECOCIDE AND WATER RIGHTS -▶
BIG MONEY DRIVES EXTINCTION
Indigenous Communities, EcoSystems, Forests Devastated
REPORT: International Rivers: September 2013
-▶ WORLD BANK, WITH CHINA AND BRAZIL RETURNS TO FUNDING MEGA DAMS http://www.internationalrivers.org/resources/world-bank-returns-to-big-dams-8077
Highlighting the battles over the Belo Monte and Ilisu dams http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0429-hance-damocracy-video.html
-▶ WHEN WILL WE LEARN: BRAZIL STATE BANK TO INVEST $11 BILLION IN AMAZON DAM http://sco.lt/6bEuy9
-▶ SILENCED RIVERS: THE ECOLOGY AND POLITICS OF LARGE DAMS http://www.internationalrivers.org/resources/silenced-rivers-the-ecology-and-politics-of-large-dams-4043
Environmental Protection, February 01, 2013
-▶ THE VULNERABILITY OF AMAZON'S FRESH ECOSYSTEMS. River, lake and wetland ecosystems—encompassing approximately one-fifth of the Amazon basin area—are being increasingly degraded by deforestation, pollution, construction of dams and waterways, and over-harvesting of plant and animal species. http://eponline.com/articles/2013/02/01/the-vulnerability-of-amazons-freshwater-ecosystems.aspx
THE TRUE STORY OF CHEVRON'S ECUADOR ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER http://sco.lt/63ewyH
August 23, 2013 Mongabay
-▶ PESTICIDE PROBLEMS IN THE AMAZON: DEFORESTATION AND BIODIVERSITY http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0821-andrus-pesticide-problems-amazon.html
Guardian Environment, December 20, 2013
-▶ OIL INDUSTRY 'DEVASTATING' FOR AMAZON COMMUNITIES, WARNS UN RAPPORTEUR - James Anaya says oil companies have affected health and food sources of indigineous people in the Peruvian rainforest
INTO THE HEART OF ECUADOR'S YASUNI
A Pending Corporate Oil Plunder
▶ IS UN 'REDD A FAILURE? INDIGENOUS GROUPS IN PANAMA WAIT FOR UN REDD TO MEET PROMISES http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0830-hance-panama-indigenous-redd.html#
▶ GAS EXTRACTION AND UN-REDD IN PERU http://www.redd-monitor.org/2013/02/14/gas-extraction-and-redd-in-peru-you-cant-have-your-cake-and-eat-it/#more-13489
Forest Peoples Programme
▶ 'REDD' AND THE GREEN LAND GRAB IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON http://www.forestpeoples.org/faceted_search/results/The%20return%20of%20fortress%20conservation%3A%20REDD%20and%20the%20green%20land%20grab%20in%20the%20Peruvian%20Amazon
SO MUCH FOR UN-REDD AND REDD PLUS
WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY
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-▶ ****REMEMBERING "GREEN" -
An Multi-Award Winning Documentary by Patrick Rouxel on the Indonesian rainforest, deforestation and orangutan extinction. http://sco.lt/6IIb0T
GREEN has now won top awards from the two most prestigious wildlife film festivals in the world...and more than 30 others... http://greenplanetfilms.org/product_info.php?products_id=682
14 February 2013 - The Guardian
-▶ 80% OF INDONESIA' SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN POPULATION HIT BY PALM OIL DEFORESTATION - IN PICTURES
Numbers decline by a shocking 80% in Tripa peat swamp forest as deliberate fires are set to clear tracts for palm oil plantations... http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2013/feb/14/sumatran-orangutan-tripa-indonesia-deforestation
May 25, 2013 The Observer
-▶ SUMATRAN RAINFOREST WILL MOSTLY DISAPPEAR WITHIN 20 YEARS WITH ALL LIFE WITHIN IT http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/26/sumatra-borneo-deforestation-tigers-palm-oil
-▶ PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-
"THE STORY OF UN-REDD"
A REAL SOLUTION OR ACCELERATOR FOR DEFORESTATION http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/2973775544/the-story-of-redd-a-real-solution-or-accelerator-for-deforestation-animation