Woodlark Island – a small Pacific Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), covering some 80,000 hectares of biodiverse rainforest, and containing a largely intact Pacific culture practicing agro-ecology in forest gardens – is again threatened with ecocide and cultural genocide. Imminent industrial rainforest logging on Woodlark Island, as well as a planned gold mine, will endanger the island’s flora and fauna, destroy unique intact lowland island rainforests causing environmental upheaval, and result in drastic and negative cultural change and worsened and permanent poverty. In 2007-08 EcoInternet successfully spearheaded an international campaign that protected Woodlark Islands rainforests and peoples from oil palm development (Mongabay heralded the successful campaign). We are called once again to demand no industrial clearing of Woodlark’s rainforests and recognition of indigenous land rights. PNG's continued well-being and community advancement depend critically upon ending industrial old-growth forest logging to base development upon standing old forests.
The Ebola epidemic threatens global ecological sustainability and well-being. Unless its exponential growth can be stopped in a matter of weeks to months, it is highly unlikely its global spread can be prevented. Please write (and optionally tweet) to European and American governments and health officials demanding a massive infusion of doctors and quarantined hospital beds to stop Ebola at its source. Ebola is ecosystem collapse as loss of forests resulted in increased bushmeat consumption, allowing the disease to spillover to humans. Going forward, Ebola’s root causes of rainforest loss, perma-war, poor governance, abject poverty, and over-population must be recognized and – along with community sustainable development – be adequately funded, or we face more such threats as the biosphere collapses. It is unacceptable the Western world spends hundreds of billions on war, but only millions to stop the Ebola epidemic. Read more in important essay showing Ebola is ecosystem collapse.
This week’s decision by India’s top court that coal field allocation for the past 16 years has been illegal offers a chance for Earth’s largest democracy to start fresh by canceling illegal coal leases, particularly those that threaten intact natural ecosystems important to villagers like the Mahan forest. India’s “Coalgate” is an opportunity for India to be in the transition to a clean energy and restoration ecology economy.
Ecuador's mega-diverse Yasuni National Park is again threatened by oil industry road construction as state oil company Petroamazonas has in secret constructed a road into the world-famous Amazon rainforest - violating environmental laws and threatening uncontacted indigenous tribes. More than 45% of the Yasuni National Park is now overlapped by oil concessions. Without improved oversight, Petroamazonas will likely continue building new access roads deeper into the core of the Yasuni National Park in both Blocks 31 and 43 (ITT), and future oil highways may penetrate into the core of the park, fragmenting this vital global rainforest ecosystem and threatening its biodiversity. Join in EcoInternet's over decade-long campaign to keep Yanuni National Park ecologically intact and road free.
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