14 April 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


Just Stop Oil: Valero Energy granted injunction restricting protests
BBC News, 14 Apr 2022

An oil firm has been granted a High Court injunction aimed at restricting environmental protesters from targeting its fuel processing sites. Valero Energy has secured the order against several environmental groups and "persons unknown". It bans anyone from damaging the land at its sites or "affixing themselves to any other person or object". The firm's Warwickshire terminal has been the site of recent protests, with 32 arrests made over during the weekend. 


Biden's biofuel: Cheaper at the pump, but high environmental cost
France 24, 14 Apr 2022

In an effort to ease Americans' pain at the gas pump, President Joe Biden has announced his administration will ease restrictions on the sale of E15 -- gasoline that includes 15 percent ethanol -- and new investments in biofuels as a whole. But the decision hasn't pleased scientists who study the environmental impact of ethanol. 


Indigenous march in Brazil to demand land protection
Al Jazeera, 14 Apr 2022

Thousands of Indigenous people have marched in Brazil’s capital to press Congress not to pass legislation proposed by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s government that would open their protected lands to commercial mining and agriculture. According to the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), some 6,000 people from 176 different groups marched on Wednesday towards the National Congress in Brasilia as part of a 10-day annual protest demanding the protection of Indigenous land and rights.


Who owns the companies destroying rainforests in the heart of New Guinea?
Mongabay, 13 Apr 2022

New Guinea, home to the world’s third-largest rainforest, also contains the world’s largest planned oil palm plantation. Covering 2,800 square kilometers (1,100 square miles) the Tanah Merah project is nearly the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. However, the true owners of the seven concessions that make up the project remain hidden through a shroud of corporate secrecy.


XR scientists glue hands to business department in London climate protest
The Guardian, 13 Apr 2022

Twenty-five scientists have pasted pages of scientific papers to the windows of the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and glued their hands to the glass to highlight the climate science they said the government was ignoring. The scientists, affiliated with Scientists for Extinction Rebellion, arrived at the department’s building at 1 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, just after 11am. Doctors and health professionals staged a decoy action to give them space to get into position.


The dark truth about your pension: New film reveals how UK savers are contributing to climate change
EuroNews , 13 Apr 2022

On Monday (April 11), a ‘people-powered’ campaign launched a brand-new film, aiming to raise awareness about savers' pensions - and the surprising way they can help fight the climate crisis. The movement, Make My Money Matter, was founded by UK film director Richard Curtis in partnership with Jo Corbett, a former special advisor to the government. The new campaign, #DeliverTheTruth, features a short film directed by Curtis - usually known for directing rom-coms such as 'Love Actually'. He hopes to fight the companies responsible for driving “deforestation, damaging the environment, and threatening lives and livelihoods across the planet.”