Harvard: Stop destroying the Iberá Wetlands!
AmigosdelaTierra . Argentina
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We are writing to you so that you, as president of Harvard University, take rightful responsibility for the activities of your university in the Iberá Wetlands in Corrientes, Argentina. Large-scale monoculture tree plantations occupy vast areas of land, displace local communities, consume huge amounts of water and nutrients from the soil, and require the intensive use of agrochemicals. These characteristics make them inherently unsustainable, and they therefore cannot be certified as "sustainable.” For communities living with the reality of the eucalyptus plantation companies and pulp mills, the FSC seal is a farce, guaranteeing impunity, even in the face of rights violations. In this case, FSC has certified social, environmental and cultural injustices.
We therefore ask that you: 1. Stop expanding the plantations until completing a participatory study of their environmental and community impacts. 2. Remove all plantations within 2,000 meters of our communities. 3. Comply with all legally required employment practices, which are currently being ignored.
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