Cyberactions: fighting for people and the environment
What difference can one email make? A whole lot when added to thousands of other emails from around the world making the same demands. The more emails, the louder the voice of protest becomes and the more difficult it is to ignore. Our email actions typically fall into one of two categories.
These actions are directly linked to the work we campaign on. For example, in 2008 we asked you to show your support for local communities defending their rights in the face of powerful multinationals. Our cyberactivists responded by demanding that the Indonesian government support the victims of a devastating mud flow brought about by a gas leak, and prosecute the company responsible. They also requested that action be taken in Guatemala to support local communities fighting to protect their land from the environmental damage caused by the mining industry.
emergency response actions
Throughout the world individuals and communities are harassed for defending their rights. Attacks, imprisonment and false accusations are commonplace. Often people are intimidated merely for being associated with environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth International. An emergency response is one way of drawing the world's attention to the plight of a group or individual in such circumstances.
Actions often originate from a Friends of the Earth member group fighting a particular injustice in their region. In early 2009 we called on you to help one of our colleagues in Honduras, Tesla Ventura, who had been sentenced to four years in prison on completely made up charges. Tesla believed she was targeted because she spoke up for the rights of indigenous communities in her region. With your help, we managed to pay the $2000 fine imposed on her so she could avoid the prison sentence. Read Tesla's story.
Equally successful was a call for you to demand the Ecuadorian government reinstate Acción Ecológica's status as an environmental organisation. They had closed down the long-standing partner of FoEI when it took a stance against the government's position on mining.
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