This amazing village in India plants 111 trees every time a girl is born

May 21, 2015, www.globalcitizen.org | “In a country that historically favors the birth of a son, Piplantri village in India has created a new tradition that not only celebrates the birth of a daughter, but also benefits the community and the planet. You see, every time a girl is born they plant 111 trees. That’s right, 111 trees!”

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A tradition that celebrates girls and benefits the community and planet.
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Brazilian Ranchers Aren’t Cutting Down As Much Forest Anymore

May 12, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “Pressure from environmental groups and federal prosecutors is helping break the link between cattle ranching and deforestation in the Amazon, according to a new study.  Agreements with Brazil’s largest slaughterhouses have “dramatically” reduced deforestation by ranchers, research published Tuesday in Conservation Letters found.”

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Breaking the cycle of deforestation in the Amazon is critical to fighting climate change.
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Sri Lanka to become the first nation in the world to protect all its mangroves

Mangrove Forest near Ahungalla, Galle District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

May 12, 2013 www.theguardian.com | “More than half the world’s mangroves have been lost over the last century but all of those surviving in Sri Lanka, one of their most important havens, are now to be protected in an unprecedented operation.”

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National plan puts women at centre of strategy to save trees from being felled for firewood by providing microloans to start business
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Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO standards

May 7, 2015, www.forestpeoples.org | “The RSPO’s Complaints Panel has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan. After concluding that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to conclude that the company is in violation of several RSPO norms, the latest ‘determination’ by the Panel notes: ‘The Panel hereby prohibits GAR from acquiring or developing any new areas until this complaint has been dealt with to the satisfaction of the Complaints Panel.'”

‘Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO standards’
This is a big story for Indonesia! The RSPO’s Complaints Panel has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan. After concluding that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to conclude that the company is in violation of several RSPO norms, the latest ‘determination’ by the Panel notes:

“The Panel hereby prohibits GAR from acquiring or developing any new areas until this complaint has been dealt with to the satisfaction of the Complaints Panel.”

Ex-NASA Engineer to Plant One Billion Trees a Year Using Drones

April 25, 2015, www.goodnewsnetwork.org | “A start-up plans to help solve the world’s climate problems by using drones to plant forests of seedlings.  “We are going to counter industrial scale deforestation using industrial scale reforestation,” says Lauren Fletcher, the founder of BioCarbon Engineering.  The environmental engineer who worked 20 years with NASA wants to use drone technology to plant up to one billion trees a year, without having to plant each one by hand.”

A start-up plans to help solve the world’s climate problems by using drones to plant forests of seedlings – a billion trees each year.
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President Obama’s Earth Day Focus: Climate Change

ObamaApril 22, 2015, ens-newswire.com | “Climate change is the greatest threat that faces humans today, and as a nation, the United States must ‘act before it is too late,’ declared President Barack Obama in his 2015 Earth Day Proclamation. ‘The United States is committed to our role as a global leader in the fight against climate change,’ he proclaimed.”

President Obama’s Earth Day Focus: Climate Change
WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2015 (ENS) – Climate change is the greatest threat that faces humans today, and as a nation, the United States must “act before it is too late,” declared President Barack Obama in his 2015 Earth Day Proclamation. Visiting the Everglades today, Obama said, “Climate change can no longer be denied.”

Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize

winnersApril 20, 2015, ens-newswire.com | “The activists honored with the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony Monday evening have protected the planet by shutting down a lead smelter, blocking dam construction, stopping a proposed gold and copper mine, and safeguarding fisheries.”

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Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 20, 2015 (ENS) – The activists honored with the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony Monday evening have protected the planet by shutting down a lead smelter, blocking dam construction, stopping a proposed gold and copper mine, and safeguarding fisheries. – Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize | ENS

A River Cleanup With A Twist

Windsor-Water-Restoraton-Event--LizDohrmanApril 13, 2015, www.americanrivers.org | “Stacks of muddy tires, bags bursting with plastic bottles, and an assortment of rusted out shopping carts and bike frames are what we typically have to show off at the end of a river cleanup…During the last week of March I joined 60 Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) volunteers for a river restoration event along Bennett’s Creek…Instead of sending out our volunteers with trash bags and pickers we handed out shovels and wheel barrows. Instead of digging tires out of the banks and snatching trash floating down stream our volunteers planted trees and shrubs and spread mulch cover.”

“National River Cleanup joined Keurig and the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance for volunteer river restoration activities in Suffolk, Virginia.
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A historic move in the battle to save tropical rainforests

Earth Day Network's photo.

April 1, 2015, www.theguardian.com | “This week a further historic step is taken in the battle to hang on the world’s remaining tropical rainforests. It is unlikely to make too many headlines, but on Friday two countries will take forward the kind of arrangement that many have talked about but few have had the boldness to actually do.  Guyana and Norway’s leadership is seen in the second stage of a ground-breaking deal through which one (Norway) makes annual payments to the other (Guyana) to keep its forests.”

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Norway commits to saving our rainforests!
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Logging Industry Fails Again to Strip Threatened Seabird of Protections

'WIN! Court upholds protections for the endangered marbled murrelet and its nesting habitat, coastal old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. http://ejus.tc/1GJ7XOe

This is the fifth time the timber industry has tried to challenge federal endangered species protections to gain access to logging the last and most mature old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, and been rejected. Maybe this time they’ll realize that protecting biological treasures of old growth forests is a priority. 

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March 2, 2015, earthjustice.org | “The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday rejected yet another attempt by the timber industry to remove federal endangered species protections from the marbled murrelet, a unique coastal bird found in the Pacific Northwest. The appeal was the timber industry’s fifth attempt in the past decade to eliminate protections for the old-growth forests that marbled murrelets call home, despite undisputed scientific evidence which has shown that murrelets are continuing to disappear from the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.”

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“EARTHJUSTICE DOES IT AGAIN….OLD GROWTH FORESTS AND MARBLED MURRELET PROTECTED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
WIN! Court upholds protections for the endangered marbled murrelet and its nesting habitat, coastal old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. http://ejus.tc/1GJ7XOe
This is the fifth time the timber industry has tried to challenge federal endangered species protections to gain access to logging the last and most mature old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, and been rejected. Maybe this time they’ll realize that protecting biological treasures of old growth forests is a priority.
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  • Robert BrothersHmmm, which year is this? The first time Earthjustice helped us get solid protection for Marbled Murrelets and Ancient Forests was with the lawsuits leading to the Northwest Forest Plan of 1994.

    “Eternal Vigilance.” — Brock Evans, president, Endangered Species Coalition.”
  • Olivia EllisGood news, indeed. Wish Earthjustice could save our old growth forests in the George Washington National Park. It is being sold off in million acre parcels and offered free to fracking freaks at Dominion Power, somebody giving them permission to install 42 inch pipelines across the entire Appalachian Range, including all the headwaters to the midatlantic population! Talk about hard-to-cure-addictions. And criminals running loose!”
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