ActionAidUK Biofuels campaign introduction


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An introduction to ActionAid UK's biofuels campaign launched in February 2010.
The campaign is based on extensive global research of the risk that the contined growth of biofuels poses to food security in the developing world as well as to climate change. ActionAidUK is currently lobbying the UK government and Department for Transport to review its policy of increasing the percentage of biofuel in transport fuels to meet EU targets. For more info please visit or contact us on twitter @actionaiduk

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ActionAidUK Biofuels campaign introduction

  1. 1. Meals Per Gallon ActionAid launches campaign on biofuels Photo: Atul Loke/Panos/ActionAid
  2. 2. Flickr Photo: Nic’s Events The UK government is currently planning how it will meet reduced emissions targets for the transport sector set by the EU
  3. 3. Flickr Photo: Left to right, diby graham, david.nikonvscannon The government should be changing attitudes towards transport and encouraging investment in cleaner technologies +
  4. 4. Instead, it is planning to get 10% of all transport fuel from biofuels by 2020
  5. 5. Targets like the UK’s could force an additional 600 million people into hunger by 2020 photo credit: ActionAid Photo: ActionAid Ban Van Tuan is a Vietnamese farmer whose family has been trapped by global food price rises. Everyone has to skip at least one meal a day to cut costs.
  6. 6. Flickr photo: Kevin Lallier This is because biofuels are usually made from crops such as maize, wheat and sugar which should be on a plate rather than in a petrol tank
  7. 7. In the developing world agricultural land is being grabbed to meet the demand for biofuel crops Photo Credit: Tim Rice/ActionAid
  8. 8. Local people are losing their land without consultation or compensation which means they can no longer feed their families Photo: James Oatway/PANOS/ActionAid “ Our livelihood was dependent on the farms – and they’ve taken the farms.” Julio Ngoene, village chief and farmer, Mozambique, November 2009
  9. 9. Unbelievably, many industrial biofuels are actually worse for climate change than the fossil fuels they are designed to replace Flickr Photo :Matt and Kim Rudge
  10. 10. And, fertilisers used to grow biofuels release nitrous oxides which are AT LEAST 300 times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide Flickr Photo: selfhatingotaku
  11. 11. ActionAid has launched a campaign to pressure the UK government to put the breaks on biofuel production Flickr Photo: Johannes Pape
  12. 12. We are calling for an end to the government subsidies and financial incentives for biofuels which are driving land grabbing in the developing world
  13. 13. We need your help to convince the government that putting poor people’s food into cars is a bad idea
  14. 14. <ul><li>BUT we only have until June 2010 as that’s </li></ul><ul><li>when the Department for Transport and the </li></ul><ul><li>Department for Energy and Climate Change will </li></ul><ul><li>finalise their report </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>What can you do? </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Visit and </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail the Department for Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Lobby your MP </li></ul><ul><li>Have your say and join the debate </li></ul><ul><li>4. Spread the word and make a difference </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Biofuels: Stop the disaster before it happens </li></ul>‘ What we want is to get our farms back because that is what our livelihood is dependent on... we are dying of hunger and there is nothing that we have that is actually our own.’ Matilde Ngoene, mother and farmer, Mozambique, November 2009 Photo: James Oatway/Panos/ActionAid
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