[climatematters] FW: RAINFOREST ALERT UPDATE: Demand Ugandan Government Stop Killing Rainforest Protestors and Fully

  • From: Leslie Coelho <lesliecoelho@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "climatematters@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <climatematters@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 09:07:54 +0100

Hi,
 
I thought you would be interested in the following and likely to take action
 
http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=uganda
 
 
> > ACTION ALERT UPDATE PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!> > Demand Ugandan Government 
> > Stop Killing Rainforest Protestors and > Fully Protect Mabira Rainforest 
> > Preserve> > By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet, Inc.> 
> > http://www.RainforestPortal.org/> April 12, 2006> > TAKE ACTION> Last 
> > Chance to Stop Great Ugandan Mabira Rainforest Give-Away > 
> > http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=uganda> > > Update:> 
> > Ugandan police have opened fire at hundreds of Mabira rainforest > 
> > protection campaigners in Uganda protesting against government > plans to 
> > allocate forest land to a sugar company. Ecological > Internet is sad to 
> > report that two local rainforest > conservationists, protesting to save the 
> > Mabira protected > rainforest from being 1/3 cleared for sugar cane have, 
> > were shot > dead when protesting according to BBC. Stopping the "Great > 
> > Mabira Rainforest Give-Away" has been something the Ecological > Internet 
> > Earth Action Network has been deeply involved with > internationally (media 
> > coverage below). This in support of one > of Africa's first grassroots 
> > modern ecological protest campaigns > - with local peoples organizing 
> > boycotts against the sugar > company involved, setting up cyber-petitions 
> > and text messaging > via cell phones to organize protests. Efforts to save 
> > Mabira > rainforest are a spontaneous, home-grown rainforest conservation > 
> > protest that deserves our continued support. Search "Mabira":> 
> > http://www.rainforestportal.org/shared/search/welcome.aspx?searchtext=Mabira>
> >  > Ecological Internet's 25,000 strong global campaign community > must let 
> > the Ugandan government know that shooting protestors is > unacceptable, 
> > that the authoritarian efforts to give away > Mabira's rainforests are 
> > undemocratic and corrupt, and once > again emphasize that Uganda needs more 
> > protected ancient primary > and old-growth forests and restored buffer 
> > zones and corridors > to ensure national ecological sustainability 
> > including water, > climate, soils and local development options.> > Though 
> > indications are the President is going to ram this > rainforest give-away 
> > through Parliament, let's not give up. And > let's not abandon those dying 
> > in the streets for the principle > that logging ancient rainforests is 
> > archaic and must be banned. > The message being sent has been completely 
> > altered so please > send again if you did already. We have other campaigns 
> > coming > but this is important. Please take action now at:> 
> > http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=uganda> > 
> > *******************> Must recent alert:> Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni 
> > continues to pursue legally > dubious plans to destroy large areas of 
> > Uganda's last important > intact and protected rainforests. Some one-third 
> > of Mabira > Forest Reserve, about 7,000 hectares of an area which has been 
> > > protected since 1932, will lose its protection for sugar cane > 
> > production by the Mehta Group. Ecological Internet was the first > to bring 
> > a thriving Ugandan rainforest protection and protest > movement to an 
> > international audience. Since that time many more > local and international 
> > groups have joined the campaign. Uganda > has long been facing a 
> > deforestation crisis, with forests > covering 20 percent of Uganda 40 years 
> > ago, but now just > covering seven percent. Deforestation has been directly 
> > > responsible for declining levels of waters in Lake Victoria, > River Nile 
> > and other rivers resulting in a scarcity of drinking > water and reduction 
> > in hydroelectric energy production. > Continued destruction of Uganda's 
> > surviving forests will have > further grave ecological consequences -- 
> > threatening ecotourism > revenues, rare species, sparking soil erosion and 
> > water > pollution. Already the movement for sustainable rainforest use > 
> > and development in Uganda has won. Maintaining and expanding > rainforest 
> > protection has been established as a critical pillar > of climate change 
> > mitigation, water availability and national > ecological sustainability for 
> > Uganda's future. Please contact > the entire Ugandan parliament, Ugandan 
> > ministries and embassies > and insist that the Mabira sugar cane project be 
> > abandoned, and > Uganda's remaining rainforest strictly protected. Take 
> > Action! > > http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=uganda> > 
> > Discuss alert:> 
> > http://www.rainforestportal.org/issues/2007/04/alert_update_demand_ugandan_go.asp>
> >  > > **********************> > > Deaths in Uganda forest protest > Source: 
> > Copyright 2007, BBC > Date: April 12, 2007> Original URL> > Two people have 
> > been killed in Uganda during violence at a > protest against government 
> > plans to allocate forest land to a > sugar company, police say. > > A 
> > suspected looter was shot dead by security guards and a > passer-by hit by 
> > a stray bullet, say the police, who have fired > live bullets and tear gas. 
> > > > There have been several attacks on Asians, leaving two people in > 
> > hospital. A Hindu temple has also been damaged. > > The sugar firm which 
> > wants to use part of the Mabira forest is > Asian-owned. > > 
> > Environmentalists say the move threatens existence of rare > species of 
> > trees and birds in the 30,000 hectare forest. > > 'Frightening' > > The 
> > march began quietly, with about 500 people marching through > central 
> > Kampala, carrying placards and tree branches. > > "People were 
> > demonstrating peacefully when there was a > misunderstanding with the 
> > police. All of a sudden they opened > fire," Frank Muramuzi, and 
> > environmental activist told Reuters > news agency. > > The BBC's Sarah 
> > Grainger in Kampala says protesters threw stones > at the police and set 
> > fire to vehicles. > > Reuters news agency reports that police had to rescue 
> > about 40 > men from a Hindu temple after it was attacked by a mob. > > "We 
> > were inside the temple and the protesters started attacking > us from 
> > outside," 50-year-old Dipaul Patel told Reuters. "It was > very 
> > frightening." > > The Sugar Corporation of Uganda (Scoul), part of the 
> > Mehta > group, owned by a Ugandan Asian, wants to expand its plantations > 
> > in central Uganda, taking over one-third of the Mabira forest. > > 
> > Campaigners are now calling on Ugandans to boycott its sugar > products. > 
> > > In recent years, Ugandan Asians have started to return to the > country, 
> > after being expelled by Idi Amin in the 1970s. > > They used to control 
> > much of the economy, sparking resentment > among some Ugandans. > > Text 
> > campaign > > Parliament is yet to change the status of the forests and > 
> > campaigners have threatened legal action if the forest is given > away. > > 
> > Public protests over the government plans have heightened in the > capital 
> > and car bumper stickers urging people to save Mabira > forest have become 
> > very popular, our correspondent says. > > There has also been a text 
> > message campaign, urging people to > take part in the protests. > > 
> > Supporters of Scoul's bid for more land say the expansion of > would create 
> > more jobs and income for the country. > > They dismiss those opposing the 
> > move saying subsistence farmers > have already encroached on much of the 
> > forest land. > > The kabaka, or king, of the local Buganda community has 
> > offered > to give alternative land for the sugar company in a bid to save > 
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