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Sep 19, 2012

Defend life (Jmaktik buch’utik sk’anik spojik jkuxlejaltik) - a poem about Plantations

by Denis Burke — last modified Sep 19, 2012 10:21 AM

Jmaktik buch’utik sk’anik spojik jkuxlejaltik (Defend life)

by Jose Manuel Martín Pérez (translated from Tzotzil - original below)


What does the forest mean for a local community?
building materials
safe space for animals
the forest means life
And what happens with a plantation?
The water runs out
there is no food
nor safe spaces
nor medicine
nor pollinators
nor firewood
nor honey
nor respite
there is no life
What is there to do?
Stop the plantations!


Jmaktik buch’utik sk’anik spojik jkuxlejaltik

¿K’uyun lek k’alal oy a’mal te ta jlumatik?
Mi oy a’mal, oy ve’lil
Oy o’
Xu’ jva’antik jnatik xchi’uk k’usi oy ku’untik te ta a’mal
Oy svayeb chon-bolometik
Oy vomol-poxil
Oy epal mutetik
Oy si’
Oy pom
Oy bu’ lek nichim ko’ontontik jkotoltik
Me oy a’mal oy jkuxlekatik
¿Mi ech xa na’ k’alal sts’unik yansba ko’ol te’tik?
Mo’o, mauk ech sjam. Chlaj o’
Chlaj te ve’lile
Ch’ay batel svayeb chon-bolometik
Chlaj vomol-poxil
Chlaj ch’ul-balamil
Chlaj si’
Chlaj snichimal ko’ontontik
Solel chlaj jkuxlejaltik
¿K’usi xu’ chapas o’ote yu’un mu chlaj skotol?

What some Friends of the Earth Groups are planning for The International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations on September 21

by Denis Burke — last modified Sep 19, 2012 10:10 AM

Friends of the Earth groups around the world will commemorate the International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations in a variety of creative ways. We are working to get the word out across the world. We hope you will join us and get some inspiration from these examples of Friends of the Earth actions below.

In the Czech Republic an information campaign will buzz around Middle Europe through facebook and email campaigns. Want to help out? Find Friends of the Earth Czech Republic on Facebook

In Mexico, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Governors Climate and Forest Task Force (REDD - GCF) will meet in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas between 25 – 27 September. Amigos de la Tierra Mexico is conducting parallel activites, including a press conference, daily forums for public debate, guests from FoE USA (Jeff Conant) and AdT Brasil (Lucia Ortiz), and representatives of the Lacandon jungle who are fighting REDD and oil palm plantations. The period around September 21 will be covered in a blog

Amigos de Terra Brasil  will be at the University de Espirito Santo for a book launch (La Ambientalizacion de los Bancos y La Finacerizacion de la Natureleza) with Red Alerta Contra el Desierto Verde and the Brasilian Network of IFIs. They also plan community visits.


Amigos de la Tierra Costa Rica plans an action in front of the Constitutional Court, protesting the advance of monoculture pineapple plantations and their impacts on forests.


In Mozambique a workshop about the community forest project underway there will be taking place on the 20 and 21 of September. On the 21 they will release a short documentary about one of these projects and the invasion of plantations in the area. A petition to the national government to halt their plans to turn Mozambique into a mega plantation is also planned.


Argentina will conduct outreach activities and workshops.


Uganda will also mark the day with workshops and press releases.


Read a poem about Monoculture Tree Plantations by Jose Manuel Martín Pérez