The Life and Brutal Death of Sister Dorothy, a Rainforest Martyr


From: Greenpeace <usnewsletter@activism.greenpeace.org>

It is with much regret that we tell you of the brutal murder of a woman we've worked with on many occasions. For the past 37 years, Sister Dorothy Stang worked tirelessly supporting the rights of rural workers and defending the Amazon from deforestation. Last week, the 74-year old American-born nun made the ultimate sacrifice for her cause as she was gunned down by two men in Anapu, Brazil.

A Senseless Death

The murder of Sister Dorothy is a tragedy, but it not unexpected. The Amazon Rainforest is not only beautiful, it is a highly volatile and dangerous area. In addition to rampant illegal logging - slavery, corruption and violence are regular occurrences. Death threats are not uncommon.

Activists risk their lives every day fighting against forest destruction and for the rights of local communities. As we mourn the death of Sister Dorothy Stang, we know that our fight continues. Please help us protect the forests so that her death will not be in vain. Read on to learn about three actions you can take right now.

1. Stop the Violence

Urge the Brazilian government to implement concrete measures to end the illegal logging and guarantee a sustainable future for the Amazon forest and its inhabitants. Since Sister Dorothy's murder, the Brazilian government has designated two million acres of forestland as reserves, now we must make sure that this protection is enforced. Take action!

Learn more about the life and death of Sister Dorothy.

2. Save "Muggle" Forests

The excitement is building as Harry Potter fans prepare for the long-awaited release of the sixth book in the Harry Potter series. While the incredible success of J.K. Rowling's tales are a boost for children's literature (and, let's be honest...adults' literature), the production of those books spell bad news for ancient forests. In 2003, Bloomsbury and Raincoast Books co-published the Canadian edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on 100 percent recycled paper. Help us convince the U.S. publisher - Scholastic - to follow suit and print Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on ancient forest friendly paper. Take action!

3. End "Kleercuts"

The manufacturer of Kleenex brand tissues, Kimberly-Clark, is destroying ancient forests like the magnificent Boreal forest of Canada, to create its products. Ancient forests are being flushed down the toilet or thrown away even though ecological alternatives exist. Please help us convince Kimberly-Clark to stop destroying ancient and endangered forests and to start using more recycled fiber in its products. Take action!

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More on the Smokestack Six

We're pleased to report that five of the six smokestack activists have been released from jail. They are relieved to be home, but know that the sixth member, Josh, still has some long weeks ahead. If you haven't already, you can send a message of support to Josh and the others in our discussion center. The activists assured us that all the comments they received helped the days pass a little quicker.

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