Tell EPA and USDA: Stop Glyphosate Use Now!



A recent report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that there is sufficient evidence of carcinogencity for glyphosate based on laboratory studies. Glyphosate is touted as a “low toxicity” chemical and “safer” than other chemicals by EPA and industry. However, IARC’s new classification of glyphosate as a Group 2A “probable” carcinogen finds that glyphosate is anything but safe.
Sign the petition below to urge EPA and USDA to stop the use of the glyphosate and take immediate action to reevaluate its widespread use and registration status.


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Harvard’s investments are wrecking lands and livelihoods



Harvard University has one of the world’s largest endowments, which manages roughly US$30 million every year. Some of this money is invested in forestry projects around the world, including a large plantation in Argentina which has wrecked the ecosystem and left many people wanting for work and food.
Harvard owns 87,000 hectares of land in Corrientes, Argentina, which are planted with pine and eucalyptus plantations managed by two companies: Empresas Verdes Argentinas S.A. (EVASA) and Las Misiones S.A. Pine trees consume more water than native trees, drastically reducing the region's groundwater. The trees do not provide food for local animals, so the animals' habitat has also been disrupted. Pesticides are used in the plantation, polluting the air and water.
Harvard says that these plantations are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and they are not damaging the environment -- but the impacts on the region are clear. Damage to the ecosystem combined with encroachment on lands traditionally managed by local communities has deprived many people of their livelihoods. Damage to the ecosystem combined with encroachment on lands traditionally managed by local communities has deprived many people of their livelihoods. Plantation workers work long hours for inadequate pay in dangerous conditions.
Emilio Spataro, an organizer working with local farmers in Corrientes, said that for hundreds of years the region was rich with wetlands, fertile farmlands and pasture. In less than a decade, Spataro says, the land has been devastated by pine and eucalyptus plantations.
This must stop. We are asking Harvard University to immediately divest from this project, put its money to a more responsible use, and publicly challenge that the Forest Stewardhsip Council for allowing such a damaging project to be painted as ethical and responsible.
Please write to senior staff at Harvard using the form above demanding justice for the environment and the people of Corrientes, Argentina.


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Nevada's mule deer population threatened by gold mine



The world's largest gold mining company – Barrick Gold – wants to expand the Bald Mountain Mine in eastern Nevada. But Barrick's plan threatens the migratory path of the Ruby Mountain Herd, Nevada's largest mule deer herd.
Tell the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) not to ignore sound science! Because Barrick is telling BLM -- manager of lands owned by all Americans -- to do exactly that.
Barrick has:
- Told BLM not to use recent radio collar data collected by the Nevada Department of Wildlife;
- Hired consultants specifically to refute the findings of the Department of Wildlife; and even
- Refused to agree to future mine plan modifications if continued study of the mine expansion shows negative impacts to the herd.
Not only does Barrick – a Canadian company – seem to think it knows more about Nevada's deer than Nevadans, but it has said that even if the impacts are severe, it won't change the way it does business.
Tell the BLM to protect Nevada's mule deer from mining!


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