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Rainforest in Ecuador threatened by mining

Rainforest in Ecuador threatened by mining

Giant copper mining corporations BHP and Codelco close in on 243,000 hectares of rainforest - how you can help

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Don't go with Charmin toilet paper

Don't go with Charmin toilet paper

15% of deforestation is due to toilet paper alone

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Time of the Sixth Sun

Time of the Sixth Sun

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Nature

Rainforest in Ecuador threatened by mining

Giant copper mining corporations BHP and Codelco close in on 243,000 hectares of rainforest - how you can help

243,000 hectares of rainforest in the Cotachaci Cayapas nature reserve threatened by mining

We received an email from Ned Cresswell, an organic farmer and biologist living in Ecuador, politely requesting help to protect his valley in the Intag region of South America.

What’s the problem?

Some of the world’s largest copper mining companies (BHP, Codelco) are planning to develop the region. With the consequence that the natural area will be destroyed.

The Intag zone of Ecuador, where Ned lives, covers an area of 150,000 hectares (1,500 square kilometres). At present, 90,000 hectares (70% of the area) have been concessioned to mining companies. Although these figures frequently change as more areas are concessioned.

In the Intag area, the mining concessions include many towns and villages, hundreds of streams and rivers, thousands of hectares of primary forests and the 6,900 hectare Los Cedros reserve.

The Los Cedros reserve is home to over 400 species of birds, 6 species of big cat, hundreds of other mammals and amphibians, many in danger of extinction, including a unique species of spider monkey.

More importantly, the mining concessions adjoin and are within the buffer zone of the 243,000 hectare Cotacachi Cayapas nature reserve.

The area covering 243,000 hectares of forest in the Cotachaci Cayapas nature reserve was established in 1968 to specifically protect:

• 689 species of birds, 139 mammals, 111 species amphibians, 124 reptiles.

• Wolves, jaguars, bears and pumas.

• Endemic nature in danger of extinction.

Anyone with a concern for nature will see why this is worth a few minutes of their time.

We all lead busy lives.

Yet this video makes you stop and think. If we do anything, surely it must start with protecting the rainforest. Championing the shift to clean energy and sustainable food production is pointless at the expense of the most precious nature reserves.

If one person sees this video who can help, please contact Ned Cresswell (Eduardo in the video) by email:

nedcreswell@yahoo.com.

And thank you to everyone who watches the video.

Please share this link as you never know what may happen.

One butterfly flaps its wings and sends a ripple through the air, that cascades across the world. The butterfly effect.

We believe in butterflys.

For more information see:

http://www.decoin.org/

https://johnseed.net/LosCedrosSummary.htm

https://www.cotacachi.eu/en/cayapas/la-reserve-cotacachi-cayapas

Sign the petition against oil drilling

I’m writing because I want to ask you to support the indigenous Waorani people in their battle to protect half-a-million acres of their rainforest homelands in the Ecuadorian Amazon from oil drilling. In less than two weeks, an Ecuadorian court will make a decision that could halt the auctioning of their lands to the oil companies and protect their forests. But the Ecuadorian judicial system is under pressure from the government and the fossil fuel industry to sway the verdict.

The time for action is now! I have signed an urgent petition supporting indigenous rights, rainforest protection and climate justice! Will you join me in signing this petition, and ensuring that the judges in Ecuador know that the world is watching this landmark human rights case!

Join me by signing their petition, then share it with five other people: https://waoresist.amazonfrontlines.org/action/

Nature

Don't go with Charmin toilet paper

15% of deforestation is due to toilet paper alone

Charmin is one of the most recognizable toilet paper brands in the world. Charmin prides itself on being ‘made from nature’. But its parent company - Procter & Gamble isn’t telling you that Charmin is really flushing nature down the toilet. Single-use tissue paper products like toilet paper and paper towels are heavily impacting primary forests. These impacts are massive — nearly half of all pulp exported from Canada goes into single-use paper products like toilet paper and paper towels. Charmin, one of the biggest toilet paper brands in the world, contains no recycled fiber. That means that Charmin and its parent company, Procter & Gamble, are significant destroyers of the Boreal forest, habitat to wildlife including the endangered Woodland caribou.

Tell Charmin to stop cutting down forests for toilet paper and tissue products. Add your name at:

https://www.stand.earth/stopcharmin

In its “Issue with Tissue” report released earlier this year, Stand.earth and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) took the largest tissue companies to task for flushing our forests down the toilet, giving Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, and Georgia-Pacific “F” grades for having zero recycled content in their at-home toilet paper brands.

Nearly two thirds of Americans are concerned their toilet paper is made from clear-cutting globally important forests, and 85% want toilet paper and tissue sector companies to use more environmentally responsible materials, according to a poll released in March. But major brands refuse to change, instead relying on trees cut down from ancient forests like the Canadian boreal — the “Amazon of the North.”

Charmin prides itself on being “made from nature” — but if today’s video reveals anything, it’s that most shoppers definitely have no idea that when they purchase major brands like Charmin they are unwittingly complicit in flushing forests down the toilet. And that’s a real stinker.

Concerned consumers can join the movement calling on Charmin to increase its use of recycled and alternative fibers and stop cutting down primary forests for toilet paper at

https://www.stand.earth/stopcharmin

15% of Deforestation Is Due to Toilet Paper Alone

Culture

Time of the Sixth Sun

Documentary film about the shift in global consciousness and the emerging movement to find a new way to walk more lightly on this Earth

Time of the Sixth Sun is an inspirational and uplifting documentary film and 8-part documentary series about the shift in global consciousness and the emerging movement to find a new way to walk more lightly on this Earth. Our ancestors understood our symbiotic relationship to nature and the elements, and foresaw the collapse of an unsustainable world. Filmed predominantly in North America, Mexico, Peru, S.Africa, India, Tibet and the UK, this film is a synergy of ancient wisdom from the indigenous Elders and insights from pioneers of new energy consciousness, who collaboratively hold the vision of a new earth experience. We are launching April 24th 2019 have now started the last stages of post production, so please check out our website and Facebook page for updates or register to watch the movie for free at -

https://timeofthesixthsunlaunch.com