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To environmentalists and citizens around the world:

Please help us save Roșia Montană (Apuseni Mountains, Transylvania) from cyanide mining and an ecological disaster that would affect not only Romania, but Hungary, Serbia and most probably the Danube Delta, one of Europe's great gifts of nature.

The Romanian government has just approved a special law drafted for Gabriel Resources Ltd, a Canadian corporation that plans to destroy 4 mountains, 3 villages, 7 kilometers of galleries from the Roman Empire and leave with massive amounts of the country's gold for almost nothing (6% of the profits will go to the Romanian state, but the devastation which they will leave behind will be far beyond this).

Romanian citizens - parents, students, business people, artists, journalists, people of all backgrounds - are rising up to protect the environment, and to demand good governance, an end to corruption and abuse by foreign corporations, and to be treated with dignity and respect.

And we're asking for your support. We need the help of environmental organisations and solidarity groups world-wide. We need the help of students and people who care for the environment. Like in many countries around the world these last years - we're rising up to demand accountable government, and to ensure the protection of the environment.

Please organise solidarity events in your city in front of Romanian Embassies and Consulates or in central locations which will receive media coverage. Please encourage members of your environmental organisations, or your networks and friends to take part. Please also reach out to journalists and political leadership in your country to encourage them to raise awareness and bring pressure upon the Romanian government to shut down Rosia Montana Gold Corporation and remove Gabriel Resources from Romania.

For more information:

Watch this:


In Romanian:

Read this: http://www.huffingtonpost.c[…]orlds-first-_b_3395413.html

And please remeber this:

Thank you. We need all international support we can get!

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Sep 06, 2013 02:28 PM

peterdemetriadi I am extremely concerned about your report "EU bioenergy from a resource efficiency perspective". It seems to encourage use of what you call "agricultural residue" to burn as energy. This must be written by someone who is not involved in agriculture or country life. I would also question whether one form of pyrolysis (burning straw) is any less carbon intensive than burning, say, gas. Let me tell you why burning straw would be terrible for country people. Here in Suffolk many of us use straw as bedding for horses in stables and pigs in fields and in sties. Such horse and pig owners are commonly small enterprises or private people with limited resources. The idea that large incinerators would come and buy up all the wheat straw would put a lot of pig farmers out of business and knock a lot of equestrian activities on the head. It would lead to a heavy loss of employment in the countryside. My own horse manure (straw with droppings) is collected, chopped up, pasteurised and used for growing mushrooms. When the mushroom compost is exhausted, it is bagged and sold in garden nurseries as high quality horticultural compost. This process employs far more people than one person looking at the computer screen controlling an incinerator. Burning straw for energy would cause unemployment in rural areas where it is already a big problem and destroy different forms of traditional life, both business, sport and leisure. It would be a very bad policy. Here in the countryside there is no such thing as "agricultural waste". That is a concept for townees. Here it is all valuable resources.
Please bear this in mind and publish it further. Med venlig hilsen, Peter Demetriadi

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Sep 02, 2013 03:25 PM