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Local Member to Join 1000 km Walk for the Climate
Green Party member, Alan Burns from Charlotte, will be joining Philippine Climate Commissioner Yeb Sano in Manila on September 29th, and beginning a 1,000 km "Walk for the Climate" the following day, culminating after 40 days in Tacloban on November 8th, the site where Typhoon Haiyan made landfall one year ago on that date. This is part of the Fast for the Climate's (FFtC) international movement initiated by Mr. Sano early this year, and currently under the organization of Climate Action Network, with whom Alan has been the U.S. link since May of this year. Yeb Sano made headlines last year when he commenced a 2-week fast during the COP-19 talks in November following news of Typhoon Haiyan.
During the walk, three other Filipinos will walk the entire route with Alan and Yeb, with others joining for other days. Via blogs and video interviews, Alan will report regularly back to France, from where his reports will be sent to other countries taking part in the FFtC, as well as to Green Party members Deanna and Mark Bridgwood by way of their blog, The Lightning Rod.
Green Party Calls Monsanto a Top Risk to Public Health and the Environment
The Monsanto Corporation is a top "corporate climate criminal" whose drive for profit and control of the global food system threatens food safety, biodiversity, and food sovereignty. Monsanto is the world's leading producer and proponent of genetically modified agriculture. Through aggressive purchases of seed companies, Monsanto is rapidly taking control of the world's seed supply.
In addition, Monsanto produces dangerous chemicals that poison communities, add toxics to the food supply and create 'super weeds' that require increased application of even more toxic herbicides. Monsanto also promotes farming practices that severely exacerbate climate change by requiring excessive water and energy, and promoting massive deforestation to provide land for genetically modified agriculture.
Monsanto uses its political connections and market power to intimidate farmers and create a near monopoly on seeds creating a fragile, homogenous food supply as well as to protect themselves from liability for their actions. As more information becomes available, it is clear that Monsanto's practices threaten the future of our ability to grow food and live healthy lives.
The Rule of Law Demands Corporations be Subordinate to Government
The TPP undermines the rule of law. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a global coup that undermines democracy and makes corporations more powerful than government. It creates a "trade tribunal" system that allows corporations to sue governments for expected lost profits resulting from environmental, labor, health, consumer protection and other laws. The judges in the tribunals will be corporate lawyers on temporary leave from corporate job in order to rule on cases brought by corporations and then returning to their corporate job. This rigged rule of law system will prevent countries from acting in the public interest and for the protection of the planet. The Obama administration seeks to make this constitutional violation even worse by passing this secretly negotiated trade deal under "Fast Track" provisions.
We Need Your Help to Get the Green Party on the Ballot in NC
The 2012 campaign of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein broke records for the Green Party from coast to coast -- but she was not on the ballot in North Carolina! You can't register Green, you can't vote Green. It's time to get riled up about that, and then get it fixed. The North Carolina Green Party has launched an all-out push to get the signatures required to get the Green Party on the ballot in NC.
The Green Party does not accept corporate or PAC donations, and can not hire the armies of professional signature gatherers other third parties have used to get on the ballot in NC. This is a grassroots effort and we need your help.