New Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä aims to finish the Ministry of the Environment. Environmental issues would be relocated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and then it would be renamed as the Ministry of Natural Resources. At the same time the resources for the environmental supervision would be scaled down radically. The model for this comes straight from Putin’s Russia.
The result of this would be very much like the fox guarding the chicken coop.
The opposition parties have been against the idea of dumping the Ministry of the Environment. Three conservative parties, which negotiate about the Government Programme refuse to comment the issue. Environmental organizations campaign to save the Ministry.
To save the climate, we have to leave about 80% of the known fossil fuel reserves, coal, oil, gas and peat, unused.
The first Global Divestment Day 13th–14th February 2015.
Big oil has also noticed the action day, and produced their own hilarious animated video about this warm relationship.
Posted in Environment
Tagged action, carbon, climate, coal, divestment, economy, energy, fossil fuels, multinationals, oil, peat
Wetlands are not wastelands. Happy World Wetland Day 2015!
The cartoon was made for Liminka Bay Ramsar Area exhibition.
Cartoon in Spanish – La caricatura en español:
The world’s largest wildlife survey 24-25 January 2015.
Big Garden Birdwatch
European Union and USA are negotiating secrectly about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership treaty, shortly TTIP. It is a sugar coated cake filled with unpleasant surprises.
George Monbiot wrote 5th November 2014 in Guardian:
“On this day a year ago, I was in despair. A dark cloud was rising over the Atlantic, threatening to blot out some of the freedoms our ancestors lost their lives to secure. The ability of parliaments on both sides of the ocean to legislate on behalf of their people was at risk from an astonishing treaty, that would grant corporations special powers to sue governments. I could not see a way of stopping it.
Almost no one had heard of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US, except those who were quietly negotiating it. And I suspected that almost no one ever would. Even the name seemed perfectly designed to repel public interest. I wrote about it(1) for one reason: to be able to tell my children that I had not done nothing.”
If you do not like TTIP, you can sign the Self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against TTIP and CETA.
Posted in Blog, Global
Tagged action, chemicals, conservation, democracy, economy, genetic engineering, labour, multinationals, nature, sustainable development