People & Groups Archives: Big Green

Mainstream so-called environmental and conservation organizations, which mostly function to greenwash business as usual. They divert funds and energy contributed by well-meaning people into reformist or even destructive projects.

Bronx Zoo Organization Funds Serious Human Rights Abuses

Featured image: Vast swathes of the Bayaka’s ancestral homelands in the Republic of Congo have been taken over without their consent by loggers and big conservation NGOs. © Lambert Coleman      by Survival International An investigation by Survival International has revealed that the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the parent organization of New York’s Bronx … Continue reading Bronx Zoo Organization Funds Serious Human Rights Abuses

Conservation Betrayals in Central India

Throughout India today there are a total of 645 Adivasi communities recognized by the government. With a combined population of about 70 million, these communities maintain an impressive array of cultural identities, languages, customs and economies that go back millennia. But despite their resilience and their relative isolation from the perils of extreme extraction, Adivasis—the Hindi term for Indigenous Peoples—have not been able to escape any of the hardships that other Indigenous Peoples so often face around the world. ... Continue reading →

India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

Featured image: Kaziranga park guards are heavily armed and instructed to shoot intruders on sight.  © Survival International      by Survival International A BBC investigation has revealed that tribal peoples living around a national park in India are facing arrest and beatings, torture and death under the Park’s notorious “shoot-on-sight” policy. The report for television, … Continue reading India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

Leaked Report Reveals WWF Knew About “Pygmy” Abuse

Featured image: Without access to their ancestral land, the Baka’s health has deteriorated and they face an uncertain future. © Survival International      by Survival International An internal report commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) into the impact of its conservation work in Cameroon on Baka “Pygmies” has been leaked after WWF denied it … Continue reading Leaked Report Reveals WWF Knew About “Pygmy” Abuse

Nineteen “Pygmy” Communities Denounce Conservationists Over Evictions and Violence

Featured image: The Congo Basin tribes have lived sustainably in the forests of central Africa for generations. © Selcen Kucukustel/Atlas      by Survival International In an unprecedented protest, 19 “Pygmy” communities in central Africa have denounced conservation projects on their land. Eleven of the communities have urged conservationists to stop funding the anti-poaching squads … Continue reading Nineteen “Pygmy” Communities Denounce Conservationists Over Evictions and Violence

UN report confirms corruption is biggest threat to ivory, as wildlife officials arrested across Africa and Asia

Featured image: Cameroonian “ecoguard” Mpaé Désiré, who in 2015 was accused of beating Baka and in 2016 was arrested for involvement in the illegal wildlife trade. © Facebook A new UN report has confirmed that corrupt officials are at the heart of wildlife crime in many parts of the world, rather than terrorist groups or tribal … Continue reading UN report confirms corruption is biggest threat to ivory, as wildlife officials arrested across Africa and Asia

Mainstream Environmentalism Protects Industrial Capitalism

Big NGOs—Greenpeace, 350.org, Avaaz, and so on—play an important role in maintaining capitalism and the status quo. These organizations protect the industrial economy and distract us from real solutions. By focusing on technological solutions (which destroy the planet, and are also lucrative industries for green businesspeople), divestment (which also represents a major investment opportunity, and … Continue reading Mainstream Environmentalism Protects Industrial Capitalism

Survival International accuses WWF of involvement in violence and abuse

  Featured image: The Baka have lived sustainably in the central African rainforest for generations as hunter-gatherers © Selcen Kucukustel/Atlas By Survival International Survival International has launched a formal complaint about the activities of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Cameroon. This is the first time a conservation organization has been the subject … Continue reading Survival International accuses WWF of involvement in violence and abuse

Battleground BC: Phase Two of the Resistance

By Zoe Blunt, Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network In every part of the province, industry is laying waste to huge areas of wilderness – unceded indigenous land – for mining, fracking, oil, and hydroelectric projects. This frenzy of extraction is funneling down to the port cities of the Pacific and west to China. Prime … Continue reading Battleground BC: Phase Two of the Resistance

“Bring Down the Culture”: An Interview with Kourtney Mitchell

By Vincent Emanuele for Counterpunch Kourtney Mitchell is a writer and activist currently living in northeast Georgia, United States. He sits on the steering committee for Deep Green Resistance and the national board of directors for Veterans for Peace. Co-author of The Enemy in Blue: The Renatta Frazier Story, he has been involved in social … Continue reading “Bring Down the Culture”: An Interview with Kourtney Mitchell