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Environmental Roundup: May 15, 2009

The New Climate in Congress
Waxman and MarkeyThis week, we released a joint statement with Greenpeace and Public Citizen to express our concern about disturbing changes to the new climate bill currently being discussed in Congress.  While we don't have the bill in our hands yet, we have heard that there have been various compromises made that weaken the bill.  One, the targets we must reach to avoid climate chaos have been weakened considerably and two, more and more handouts are going to Big Oil and Big Coal.  

If it's as bad as we think, we'll need you to help us by telling your member of Congress you demand better from them -- that you want them to stand up to Big Oil and Big Coal and do what's needed to solve this crisis.  Read more...

ShellGuilty Campaign
Shell's Gas FlaresRoyal Dutch Shell will stand trial on May 26 for complicity in the executions of Nigerian activists who fought Shell's destruction of their homeland. The nonviolent activists died trying to stop Shell's gas flares -- toxic fires used to burn off extra gas released during oil drilling. Already 10,000 people have joined the ShellGuilty campaign to demand that Shell stop this outrageous practice. Please help turn up the heat on Shell and end these toxic fires by taking action today.

Ship Shape: Bring Ship Discharge Standards into the 21st Century
SewageRight now, cruise ships and other large ocean going vessels are getting a free pass because the standards for dumping their sewage are more than 30 years old!  We recently submitted a petition to the U.S. EPA urging it to bring large ship sewage dumping standards into the 21st century. The EPA's standards were set in 1976, based on pollution treatment technology available at the time. More than 30 years later, those standards have yet to be updated to take into account modern technology. Read more...

Keeping Our Food Free
FOEI Group PhotoRecently, the Friends of the Earth International Food Sovereignty campaign held a a strategy meeting in Amsterdam.  Gillian Madill, our Genetic Technologies Campaigner, attended to provide the new technologies perspective, as well as to hear about the work being done in other Friends of the Earth offices around the world. This campaign seeks to empower local food economies and fights against the corporate takeover of our food. Read more from Gillian about the meeting.

Ready or Not?
Friends of the Earth and other allies recently held a summit called "Ready or Not" in order to mobilize activists, Congress and the administration to prepare for climate change. This three day summit included a strategy meeting with other like-minded folks, a lobby day at Congress and a meeting with Obama officials. Read more...

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