Thursday, October 11, 2012

[biofuelwatch] Please sign this avaaz biofuels petition - its urgent!

Dear all

Finally! Avaaz is testing a biofuels action and will decide within 3 hours whether to up this into a full avaaz petition.

Please respond - this may be the petition that ensures EU biofuels policy finally makes the desperately needed u turn!

And please circulate widely!!


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From: Meredith Alexander - <><>>
Date: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM
Subject: Stop the drive to burn food
To: "<>" <><>>

Dear friends across the EU,


Burning crops as biofuels trashes rainforests, drives climate change and fuels mass starvation. EU President Barroso was planning to reduce biofuel use, but a massive corporate lobby is fighting to retain this crazy policy. Click below to convince Barroso to put food back in the bellies of starving children.

[Sign the petition]<>

Food crops are going up in smoke, trashing rainforests and driving mass starvation. The European Commission was set to put the breaks on this dangerous trend, but corporate lobbyists are piling on the pressure to burn more food.

Biofuels are food that's poured into cars. Realising they're a false solution to the climate crisis and are making millions hungry, European Commission President José Barroso wants to reduce the amount of biofuels in our petrol tanks. But letters are landing on Barosso's desk every few hours from one of the most powerful lobbies in Brussels calling on him to back down.

We have just six days to counteract this attempted corporate capture, and ensure President Barosso calls a halt to the absurdity of burning biofuels! When 200,000 of us have signed the petition, Avaaz will deliver the call directly to Barosso's office. Sign now and circulate widely:

Every day almost a billion people go to bed hungry, many of them children. The causes include climate change, demand from a growing population and diverting food crops to power cars. Freak weather this summer destroyed 28% of the US corn crop, roughly the same as the amount the US will use as fuel this year. We could replace the lost harvest with a stroke of a pen by ending the crazy biofuel policies that favour cars over kids.

Biofuels are supposed to replace regular oil, but are in fact a climate change con. When land clearance and fertiliser use are taken into account, biofuels produce more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels do. Newer types of biofuels made from crop wastes or wood also don't solve these problems as they would still require more land to be brought into cultivation.

The world's starving billion won't be represented in Brussels, but we can take their demand straight to decision makers. Together we can stiffen President Barroso's resolve to do the right thing and put food back where it belongs – in the bellies of starving children.

At times of disaster the Avaaz community has often made a difference such as after the Pakistan floods or the Haiti earthquake. Now it's time to come together to stop this slow burn human-induced tragedy.

With hope and determination,

Meredith, Alex, Alaphia, Aldine, Emma, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team


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Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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