The EU wants to burn our forests for energy production. This is madness. There is already not enough sustainably harvestable wood for furniture and construction, which is why plastic is used more often. The wood to be burned would then come at least indirectly from the clear cutting of primary forests from abroad. The boreal forests also know other enemies such as toilet paper, which is made from paper that has not been recycled. The loss, especially that of primeval forests, is a big problem for climate protection and not its solution! Stop felling Canada’s centuries-old forest giants for lumber!
There has been a globalization due to the rise and pervasiveness of new communication techniques, especially the internet. We see this type of globalization in a very positive way as it interconnects people from different parts of the world and can raise awareness for the living circumstances of people from elsewhere. It can be used to communicate important information globally and rapidly. — However there has also been a globalization due to the proliferation of the neoliberal economic model. As we know it fosters inequality and environmental destruction. Neoliberalism can be seen as “greed by ideology”. Unfortunately the spread of neoliberalism is so often sugarcoated as “globalization” that both words are nowadays most often used as synonyms.
In our last message we reported about Adani´s mega-coal mine in Australia to make profits from the export of coal energy from India to Bangladesh, which could sink into the sea due to climate change. The project shows once again how extremely reckless the neoliberal model student India behaves when it comes to its economic policy. With such a project, compliance with the 1.5° target is probably not possible worldwide, which means that all coral reefs, as they have been around for millions of years, would die off. Due to ongoing protests, one private donor after the other has withdrawn, but now the Indian state wants to step in for its Adani group. India does not have the right to point with the finger at others. You need to consider on how recklessly India acts with neo-colonial behavior against the indigenous people of the Andaman Islands. Their own indigenous people are no better off; they are expropriated and evicted from their land to create reservations.
Germany refused to ban microplastics for cosmetics on a national level. Now we hope for the European Union and the ECHA / REACH process. Nobody in Europe shall need to fear losing the money to sustain his basic needs like food or living: The Corona crises highlights the need for an emergency basic income. The omnibus law in Indonesia will cut labour and environmental regulations: 1000 people were arrested at the protests.
David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, brought forward the key vote on the future of agricultural subsidies by one day. It sounds like no big deal - who cares, right? But it was about how €60 billion of agricultural subsidies to be spent each year. The date change confused the whole vote, leading to allegations that the powerful agribusiness lobby played a role. As the result was a vote that totally undermines the EU’s commitment to climate action, we once more wanna suggest Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to submit a new CAP proposal.