For our english-speaking friends everywhere, a longer report about the events so far:
The Fennovoima Energy Company is starting to construct a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, a nice, quiet and small municipality in the northwest of Finland. An action camp has been started in the area to stop the project.
Jatka lukemista Antinuclear resistance in Pyhäjoki, Finland – join the struggle!
All around the world we are experiencing the destruction of nature in the name of capitalism. And all around the world we witness how the resistance against greedy elites is rising to defend our vital natural environments and wildlife.
Since years an ancient forest in Hambach, Germany is being occupied by the resistance movement to stop coal mining and the destruction of the forest. The resistance has won many battles there. Now in finland a similar struggle is occurring. A lovely forest on the northwest coast has been cut down, on the Hanhikivi cape in Pyhäjoki. The goal of the irresponsible capitalists: building a nuclear power plant.
Jatka lukemista From Pyhäjoki to Hambach, solidarity in resistance against capitalistic destruction!
The clearcutting of the forest where Fennovoima wants to build their nuclear power plant was originally subcontracted to Stora Enso, but they dropped the deal because of strategical disagreement: Fennovoima wanted the cutting to start in April, even though the relevant permits are still in process and not legally ratified; Stora Enso, which has faced public scrutiny and resistance around the world, wanted to wait until the paperwork was properly in legal order. To keep to their schedule and get rid of the forest before regulated bird nesting periods, Fennovoima replaced them with finnish company L&T Biowatti Oy, which got to work destroying the area as soon as the deal was signed on the 16th of April.
Jatka lukemista INVITATION: Antinuclear protest camp started early in Pyhäjoki, Finland
One of Britain’s most powerful energy companies is facing acute embarrassment today after it was forced to drop a highly controversial £5m lawsuit against a group of climate change campaigners. The humiliating climb-down by EDF follows an unprecedented backlash in which hundreds of customers deserted the company and 64,000 people signed a Change.org petition posted by one of the activists’ parents.
The awareness of capitalism’s core mechanisms (as opposed to its effects) is so crucial because the system has numerous methods of assimilating our struggles, and we have to make sure we don’t get sidetracked. It diverts discontent into forms that reinforce its own institutions. These are very sophisticated and persuasive – they make people feel that they are making a difference when in fact they’re tightening the bonds of their own oppression.
Espanjan oikeuslaitos on hylännyt Venäjän vaatimuksen karkoittaa kirjailija ja aktivisti Pjotr “Pit” Silajev Venäjälle. Himkissä on vastustettu vuosien ajan maksullisen Moskova-Pietari-moottoritien rakentamista arvokkaan metsäalueen läpi ja heinäkuussa 2010 tapahtuneen mielenosoituksen jälkeen Venäjän viranomaiset ovat pidättäneet, uhkailleet ja kiduttaneet tunnettuja bloggareita, antifan aktivisteja ja toimittajia. Pit sai turvapaikan Suomesta, mutta joutui Espanjassa käydessään vangituksi ja häntä uhkasi karkoitus Venäjälle.
Fifi 23.8.2012: Toisinajattelija Silajev vangittu Espanjassa
Avtonom.org 23.10.2012:Peilimaassa & helvetissä
Avtonom.org 21.11.2012: Suomesta saatu turvapaikka menettämässä merkityksensä
Avtomon.org 14.2.2013: Petr Silaev: Audiencia Nacional has refused my extradiction to Russia
There is no such thing as socially and environmentally sustainable mining!
With the Northern mining boom the mining industry, famous for its chemical emissions, is threatening waters and ecosystems in various locations, where clean nature offers the most possibilities for local people. It is grotesque that the people involved gather to discuss the mining industry as a sustainable activity while every emergency dam in the Talvivaara mine is leaking poisonous waste water to Vuoksi waters.
Jatka lukemista Stop the mining boom! Activists interfere international mining conference in Espoo
By Patrick Bond
Looking back now that the dust has settled, South Africa’s COP17 presidency appears disastrous. This was confirmed not only by Durban’s delayed, diplomatically-decrepit denouement, but by plummeting carbon markets in the days immediately following the conference’s ignoble end last Sunday.
Of course it is tempting to ignore the stench of failure and declare Durban “an outstanding success,” as did South African environment minister Edna Molewa. “We have significantly strengthened the international adaptation agenda,” she explained about the near-empty Green Climate Fund. “The design of the fund includes innovative mechanisms for bringing private sector and market mechanisms into play to increase the potential flow of funding into climate change responses.”
Because the $100 billion promised by Hillary Clinton in Copenhagen two years ago is apparently fictional (aside from minor commitments by South Korea, Germany and Denmark), Molewa’s two crucial albeit unintended words are ‘play’ and ‘potential.’ In our new book, Durban’s Climate Gamble: Trading Carbon, Betting the Earth, critical researchers show why emissions markets are as comatose as the Kyoto Protocol. Only a casino drunkard would put money – much less the planet – on the odds of a death-bed resurrection. Jatka lukemista Durban’s climate Zombie tripped by dying carbon markets
A Statement on Intergenerational Rights
Let us not forget that the victories that will define 2011 in the pages of history began in Africa. That story of 2011 should end here. 2011 took us from Tunisia to Durban, South Africa – where Mandela cast his first vote and Gandhi held his first public meeting. Draw a line on the map from Tunis to Durban and think of all the languages you have crossed, all the diversity, all the wisdom, all the gods. There is a continent bridging those two cities – dreaming.
We are all in that dream.
2011 started with the demand for freedom, and ends with the demand for justice.
As our planet rampantly burns its insides and warms, history will view these years as a window closing. We have a chance to escape the catastrophe we are creating for our children. But there is no freedom without justice, and no justice without rights. Jatka lukemista #OccupyCop17 letter of support for Madrid’s callout: International Day of Action for Human Rights
In Finland, uranium extraction was the main focus on the Day of Action, April 20th 2011. Around 50 people participated in the demonstration against uranium mining in Helsinki centre. At the end of the demonstration, a group of ”mine workers” in white overalls claimed a uranium mine in front of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The activists wanted to bring attention to the ministry’s short-sighted and damaging mining policies.
Talvivaara polymetallic mine in Sotkamo, in the northeast of Finland, is planning to recover uranium for the nuclear industry. If their plans are carried out, Talvivaara will become the biggest uranium-producing mine in Europe. This could be the start of large-scale uranium production in Northern Finland. Jatka lukemista NO URANIUM MINING! Actions in Helsinki