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World Environment Day 2017 –
A message from Dr Vandana Shiva
Watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/_N54QXln91Q
On this 5th of June – World Environment Day – Vandana Shiva reminds us that we are part of the Earth, and that we all have a duty to care for her future. Two centuries of fossil fuel driven development is pushing humanity to the brink. Dr. Shiva clearly spells out how we need to, and can, change course. Read more
Sowing the seeds of Earth democracy in Trump Times: The Planetary Crisis, Responsibilities and Rights
(Reflections on World Environment Day of President Trump abandoning his responsibility to the Earth and the community of nations)
By Dr Vandana Shiva, 4 June 2017
5th of June is World Environment Day – a day to remember that we are part of the Earth, and that we all have a duty to care. That two centuries of fossil fuel driven development is pushing humanity to the brink. And we need to change course.
This environment day is dominated by President Trump walking out of the Paris agreement. A “concrete-ist” afraid of the “winds of change”. What does Trump’s cowardice imply for international obligations to protect the earth, for a future based on ecological justice, for sowing the seeds of Earth Democracy? Read more
Navdanya Report: “Poisons in our Plate - Glyphosate and Other poisons from field to table”
Rome, 24 May 2017: The report describes how the whole agriculture industrialization process is based on the myth that it is through this system alone of production intensification that we will be able to feed the increasing world population and get rid of the hunger in the world. Studies have shown though that the industrial agriculture model is, instead, only producing a small fraction of the global food supply.
The report points the finger at the Poison Cartel, the group of six poison producing seed and agro-giants intent on controlling our food systems, while making evident the lack of national and international pesticides regulations necessary for the protection of our health and our environment. Read more
— A synopsis of the Report can be downloaded at this link
CETA: an Agrotoxic Agreement
By Ruchi Shroff, 31 May 2017
The recent visit of Canadian President Justin Trudeau to Europe is important not only for europeans and canadians but also for americans. And this is for one simple reason: the vote by the European Commission on February 15th in favour of CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Europe and Canada). The final ratification by the EU member states though is still pending and the “Stop TTIP Italia” campaign was mobilized to protest against this agreement defined as “toxic”. But what has TTIP to do with CETA and why are these trade agreements considered toxic concern Americans too? Read more
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