In our last message we reported about Adani´s mega-coal mine in Australia to make profits from the export of coal energy from India to Bangladesh, which could sink into the sea due to climate change. The project shows once again how extremely reckless the neoliberal model student India behaves when it comes to its economic policy. With such a project, compliance with the 1.5° target is probably not possible worldwide, which means that all coral reefs, as they have been around for millions of years, would die off. Due to ongoing protests, one private donor after the other has withdrawn, but now the Indian state wants to step in for its Adani group. India does not have the right to point with the finger at others. You need to consider on how recklessly India acts with neo-colonial behavior against the indigenous people of the Andaman Islands. Their own indigenous people are no better off; they are expropriated and evicted from their land to create reservations.
Germany refused to ban microplastics for cosmetics on a national level. Now we hope for the European Union and the ECHA / REACH process. Nobody in Europe shall need to fear losing the money to sustain his basic needs like food or living: The Corona crises highlights the need for an emergency basic income. The omnibus law in Indonesia will cut labour and environmental regulations: 1000 people were arrested at the protests.
David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, brought forward the key vote on the future of agricultural subsidies by one day. It sounds like no big deal - who cares, right? But it was about how €60 billion of agricultural subsidies to be spent each year. The date change confused the whole vote, leading to allegations that the powerful agribusiness lobby played a role. As the result was a vote that totally undermines the EU’s commitment to climate action, we once more wanna suggest Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to submit a new CAP proposal.
According to recent reports, the Brazilian environmental agency Ibama had to stop the fight against the forest fires and withdraw all emergency services. Apparently, the agency lacks the financial means to continue to take action against the devastating destruction of Brazil's forests.
Yesterday the European Parliament finally decided to leave the EU's agricultural policy essentially unchanged until 2027. And that despite considerable criticism from science, a large movement made up of climate, environmental and progressive agricultural associations as well as Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left. EPP and Liberals voted for the deal. “We call on Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to make use of her right to stop the negotiations and submit a new CAP proposal.” The agrarian reform decided by the EU Parliament contradicts everything that was announced in the Green Deal by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen when she took office; to the article by NABU.
Instead of the necessary greening and species protection, there are even steps backwards. Climate-friendly agriculture would look very different. Tomorrow the EU Parliament should approve the deal. A vote against it would be the last chance! contribution from Attac.