Pix-&-Vidz of the Palm Oil Rush – Wed 01 Jul 09Tagged as: climate_rush environmentalism food_not_fuel orangutan palm_oil_rush
Dateline: Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London, UK, 19:00, Wed 01 Jul 09 – Inside the hotel, rich and powerful men in suits attend the Agri Invest Congress gala dinner, a forum for producers and investors of agro-fuels decide which bits of the rainsforest should next be carved out to make room for palm oil plantations and other agro-fuels. Beyond the serried ranks of Met Police rozzers, outside the hotel in Grosvenor Square, scores of concerned citizens picnic, party and protest against this dire threat to provoke even worse catastrophic climate change, and against the continued destruction of the ever-dwindling habitat of our cousin great apes, the orangutans.
Vidz at YouTube
• Playlist: Palm Oil Rush – Wed 01 Jul 09
• Video: Palm Oil Rush 1 – Orangs & Humans, Talking & Dancing
• Video: Palm Oil Rush 2 – Rushing the Climate Criminals
• Video: Palm Oil Rush 3 – Targets for Future Action
• Channel: Dalinian's Vidz – to which you’re invited to Subscribe
“Deforestation of tropical forests to grow palm oil and other biofuel crops results in vast quantities of CO2 being released into the atmosphere, and leaves behind biological deserts where 90% of wildlife has been lost. Global corporations make huge profits while indigineous peoples are illegally forced off the land.
1 - A moratorium on all rainforest chopping.
2 - The government must make it compulsory for UK companies to label the use of palm oil in products that they sell and to disclose the original plantation source.
3 - EU to scrap compulsory 10 percent inclusion of biofuels for EU state's energy needs.”
Source: pre-action email from Climate Rush
In the middle of a summer heatwave, on a beautifully sunny July evening, scores of protesters gathered in Grosvenor Square for a Gala Dinner and Dance called by Suffragette emulators The Climate Rush. Delicious nom noms were shared, picnic style, in the green and grassy interior of Grosvenor Square, to the lilting live tunes of a string band.
“Palm Oil Biofuels: Very Bad News Indeed!
WHY IS PALM OIL BAD?
- 90% of the world’s PALM OIL comes from Indonesia and Malaysia, but it is now being grown widely in South America too.
- The UK is the second largest importer of Indonesian PALM OIL in Europe.
43 of Britain’s 100 bestselling grocery brands contain PALM OIL, including Hovis, Kingsmill, Flora, Clover, Special K, KitKat, Diary Milk, Wrigleys, Persil, Comfort and Dove.
- It’s everywhere!
- One of the biggest growth areas for PALM OIL is it’s use as a BIOFUEL: in the rush to replace diminishing fossil fuel, PALM OIL is being mixed into petrol.
WHAT’S WITH THE ORANGUTANS?
- 90% of the orangutan population has disappeared since the Suffragettes first appeared 100 years ago.
- Orangutans now face extinction.
- 90% of wildlife vanishes when the forest is replaced by PALM OIL plantations, creating biological deserts.
- The PALM OIL industry is responsible for removing more than 10 million hectares of tropical rainforest.
- Global corporations make huge profits whilst indigineous peoples are illegally forced from the land.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT CLIMATE?
- Peat land is drained and burned to create PALM OIL plantations, which releases massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.
- Forest fires are deliberately started to clear land and contribute huge amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere.
- Tropical deforestation contributes up to 40% of global emissions from fossil fuel burning in any one year!
- Indonesia is the 3rd largest producer of CO2 in the world.”
Despite building a cage to contain our righteous anger, the bobbies from old Bill failed to bottle up our indignation in steel crash barriers, and we held our Dance in the road outside the hotel. The filth did form an effective human shield when we tried a Rush for the hotel entrance, the cops knocking two protesters to the ground as they tried to push us back. For their pains, they were treated to some marvellous, intelligent, and satirical attempts to engage with the protesters, both by musician Mark, who tried to get them dancing, and then by Danny and his small son, who tried to get them hugging and smiling. Eventually the bog-standard filthy scowl they must be taught at basic training in Hendon was broken down on nearly every copper’s face, when Danny threatened that he would invite every protester to offer any cop who did not smile a hug. Maryla Hart, of the campiagn group Food Not Fuel, gave and impassioned and fact-full account of why agri-fuels pose such a dire threat to humans, orangutans, and all the other species we are driving up to and beyond the brink of permanent extension.
“Yesterday, as the heat of London cooled just a little for evening time, seventy Climate Rushers were picnicking outside one of London's plushest hotels: The Millennium Hotel. Inside the major producers and investors of agrofuels were discussing which bit of rainforest should next be carved up to allow for yet another false solution to climate change - unsustainable agrofuels.
After our picnic a swing band struck up and led us out into the street. Orangutans danced with Climate Suffragettes who shimmied up close with the 80-strong police presence guarding shut the Millenium Hotel's main entrance. We closed the street chanting 'FOOD NOT FUEL' at the grim facade of the hotel. The police, overheating in their uniforms and hats, assured us that the delegates inside could hear our shouts and knew why we had come. No-one was allowed to enter or leave the hotel for over an hour. We definitely made our presence felt.
BUT... we need to be doing so much more. Every single day there is a conference that is celebrating carbon intensive industry or pushing forward eco-system destroyers. So rally up troops - if you want to be more involved in putting on events, awareness raisers, rushes, boycotts then Get In Touch TODAY (firstname.lastname@example.org). We need your help if we are going to give the government the mandate they need to take action on climate change.
As Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst once said...
'You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under, if you are really going to get your reform realized'.”
Source: post-action email from Climate Rush
The protest ended as it began, relaxing on the green, green grass of Grosvenor Square, as the evening sunshine lit up the trees with sunbeams of gold. If only the trees of the South-East Asian tropical rainforest could be assured such a peaceful and secure future.
Sat 04 Jul 09
Mili-Band @ Kingsnorth Power Station, North Kent
The Mili-band will bring together over a thousand people from across the country to create a human band around Kingsnorth power station to show our opposition to new dirty coal plants. A coalition of groups including Oxfam, the World Development Movement, the RSPB, the Woodcraft Folk and the National Union of Students have come together to show the broad spectrum of people standing up for action to save the climate. There will be music, games, refreshments, and most important, a powerful message to government that building a new dirty coal plant at Kingsnorth will not be tolerated.
» Website – http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/miliband
» Facebook Event Page – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=92735233435
Fri 10 Jul 09, 16:00-18:00
Put the “Independent” Police Complaints Commission on Trial!
On Friday July 10th it will be 100 days since the death of Ian Tomlinson. To mark this sad occasion, and to show solidarity with the Tomlinson family and the countless other families and friends still awaiting justice the United Campaign Against Police Violence asks you to join us in putting the Independent Police Complaints Commission on trial.
WHERE: IPCC HQ, 90 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6BH
WHY: Currently those who police the police have shown themselves to be neither independent nor just. We are going to hold our own public investigation and trial of the IPCC and invite all those with complaints to bring them down to be aired (and judged) in public. We also come to stand in solidarity with all victims of police brutality, their families and their friends.
» Website – http://againstpoliceviolence.blogspot.com/
» Location and Public Transport Map – http://tinyurl.com/IPCC-map
» Facebook Event Page – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123451130782
Fri 17 Jul 09, 17:37-20:00
Bonuses are Back Pig Party!
Snouts in the trough, come and be a PIG!
Location: Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8AH
They thought they chased us out of town on April 1. Well we're back! The Bonuses are Back Big Time! Come and get your fill!
Pigswill Party on the steps of the Bank of England, Friday July 17, 5:37 p.m. precisely!
Head down, snouts in the trough, all at the taxpayers' expense, hahahahaha we're laughing all the way to the Bank!
Pig snouts provided, trough provided, pigswill provided, courtesy of the taxpayer!
All breeds of PIG welcome to chow down:
Pigs on the Beat – filth, fuzz, rozzers
Right Honourable Pig MPs
Turn up with your accessories – pinstripe/bowler/cigar, handcuffs/truncheon/helmet, or rosettes for prize-winning Pig MPs – and we guarantee to turn YOU into a PIG!
» Facebook Event Page – http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=103851151974
Up the Revolution,
Tim Dalinian Jones
• Photos – Climate Rush Palm Oil Rush – pix by Amelia Gregory' @ Facebook
• Photos & report – Palm Oil Gala Dinner & Dance Protest – by Peter Marshall @ Demotix & Peter’s blog
• Photos & report – Protestors disrupt biofuels Mayfair summit – by Felix Allen @ London Evening Standard
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