Major actions are being planned to oppose this conference. Join the STOP GE Trees Campaign, Global Justice Ecology Project, Dogwood Alliance and ForestEthics in standing up against the social and environmental destruction caused by GE trees and industrial tree plantations:
Roadshow on Plantations and GE Trees September 17-22
Featuring speakers from Dogwood Alliance, the STOP GE Trees Campaign, ForestEthics and Global Justice Ecology Project on the looming threat to the forests and communities of the U.S. South, Chile and Brazil from GE trees and industrial tree plantations and what you can do to stop it.
* Sunday, September 17 roadshow kickoff in Asheville, NC
* Monday, September 18 event in Charlotte, NC
* Tuesday, September 19 event in Columbia, SC
* Wednesday, September 20 event in Savannah, GA
* Thursday, September 21 event in Conway, SC
* Friday, September 22 roadshow finale in Wilmington, NCTree Plantations Are Not Forests-Public Forum on GE Trees and Industrial Tree Plantations, October 8-9, College of Charleston, SC This forum will feature experts from across the U.S. and Chile who will lead discussions on the social and environmental threats and dangers of and growing resistance to plantations and GE trees, especially in the Global South, with a focus on Chile and Brazil.Plan to stick around until the 14th for some fun actions surrounding the Industry Conference!
The industry conference "Forest Management with Fast Growing Plantations" is being co-hosted by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, U.S. Forest Service, North Carolina State University and ArborGen. ArborGen is joint research venture comprised of International Paper, MeadWestvaco and New Zealand's Rubicon and is the world's leader in GE trees research and development.
The development and expansion of non-native industrial tree plantations has been so heavily subsidized by national governments--especially Chile's government--that they are literally discriminating against native and natural forests. In the process, these governments are also displacing poverty stricken rural and indigenous communities, destroying their water resources and contaminating their air with toxic chemicals all for the sake of rich foreign markets in places like the U.S., Europe and Asia. Introducing genetically engineered (GE) trees into monoculture plantations will inevitably and irreversibly destroy wildlife, contaminate water and soils, worsen global warming and cause social, cultural and health impacts on rural and forest dwelling indigenous and non-indigenous communities.
Join us in STANDING UP for native forests, wildlife and indigenous communities!
STOP GE Trees Campaign:
Dogwood Alliance: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.dogwoodalliance.org