cyberactions in 2009
In February Friends of the Earth Malaysia called on you to support six indigenous Malaysians who were arrested and held without charge by the Malaysian police in Sarawak.
They were from families who had diligently defended their ancestral land from plantation and logging companies. Three of the six were still being detained when we launched the cyberaction calling for them to be released.
The cyberaction collected more than 1,000 signatures and shortly afterwards the remaining three were given access to legal representation. However, two of the detainees were sentenced to two years in prison.
Meanwhile the plantation company continues to encroach on their land, and a court case has now been initiated. However, the odds are stacked against the community, and Friends of the Earth Malaysia continues to make legal appeals on their behalf.
In May Friends of the Earth Netherlands called on retail multinational Ahold to stop hiding behind the Round Table on Responsible Soy's weak guidelines, and put an end to the use of unsustainable soy in animal feed. The cyberaction received 889 signatures.
As a result of this and campaign work by Friends of the Earth Netherlands, Albert Heijn, one of Ahold's Netherlands based retailers, released a press statement recognizing the importance of responsible soy, and called for the government to introduce a Sustainability Act in order to create a level playing field amongst retailers.
Copenhagen Climate Talks
In the second half of 2009 we launched the Demand Climate Justice petition which focussed on the Copenhagen climate talks. This petition was run by FoEI and Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland on a separate website. It was available in six languages and collected 36,000 signatures.
Prior to and during the climate talks Friends of the Earth member groups handed in the signatures to their ministers attending the talks.
During the conference we also promoted a number of cyberactions (listed below) initiated by Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland responding to the state of the talks. These included calls on:
- the Danish government, to broker a just and transparent climate agreement (826 signatures)
- the Canadians, to stop undermining the Kyoto Protocol (845 signatures)
- the US, to stop denying historical emissions (393 signatures)
- the UN, to lift the ban on Friends of the Earth International at the Copenhagen conference (2,826 signatures)
The outcome of the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen showed a deficit of ambition from the leaders of developed countries. But it also showed a clear rise in the determination of the climate justice movement.