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Subject: Somare petitioned by activists


Author:
Wanekole
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Date Posted: Thu, Jan 03 2008, 10:51:02am

WHATS YOUR WORD ON THE GROUND? HYPOCRISY? STUPIDITY? GREED? .........OR????????
Bewlo is the extract from today's post - 03-01-08
Somare petitioned by activists

PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare has been petitioned by activists all over the world to stop his Government from granting a licence to Vitroplant to clear Woodlark Island’s rainforests for oil palm plantations.
A letter officially written to Sir Michael has been circulated from countries in Europe, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asian countries and the Pacific including Papua New Guinea.
This letter has been copied to the PNG embassies, the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Investment Promotion Authority, Office of Information and Communication and Department of Treasury.
The letter reads: “I am writing to protest your Government’s granting of a licence to Vitroplant to clear Woodlark Island’s rainforests for oil palm plantations.
“This will turn a biodiverse, carbon rich paradise into a big lifeless monoculture and environmental disaster. Please ensure this project’s approval is immediately withdrawn, as it is clearly at odds with your public international statements in support of rainforest and climate protection,”
“Your Government has been quite vocal over past years, including at recent Bali climate talks, regarding your willingness to protect PNG rainforests for climate benefits, in return for avoided deforestation payments. Yet, even as you seek to be paid to protect rainforests, ongoing large scale industrial logging and now oil palm expansion continues to severely diminish your nation’s rainforests and carbon storage capital.
“I turn your Government’s prescient words at Bali back upon you: “We seek your leadership. But if for some reason you are not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. Please get out of the way.”
“Sir Michael, please lead on establishing strict rainforest protections in Papua New Guinea that are worthy of carbon payments, or if you are unable or unwilling, please step aside.
“At some point developing countries, including PNG, that are clearing their rainforests must take responsibility for their growing contribution to climate change. For years a rapacious export log industry has ravaged PNG rainforests, causing great harm to local environments and peoples, as well as dramatically contributing to global warming. This must end, otherwise your nation will have no carbon stores to be paid to maintain.
“I respectfully ask that your Government take action to implement your pledges, and stop its support for destruction and diminishment of primary rainforests and their carbon stores.”

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Author:
faraway
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Date Posted: Thu, Jan 03 2008, 11:32:11am

Your Prime Minister is a partner in crime with the Malaysian loggers and now Malaysian owned company "Vitroplant".

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Author:
Kanfused
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Date Posted: Thu, Jan 03 2008, 01:17:52pm

ummmm..that's suprisingly something interesting! Don't tell mi its another RH subsidary.......how can your pm substantiate his campaign on Global warming? just kanfused now

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Author:
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Date Posted: Fri, Jan 04 2008, 11:14:48am

Isn't it obvious that the PM is sickly old and his head is malfunctioning?? Why can't the PM just do PNG and the world a favour and just step down for pete's sake--saying one thing now and then contradicting his own words the next day. How could a person in his right state of mind do or say such a thing? God help us!!!

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