Friday, March 14, 2008

It's Time To Regulate Bio-Fuels

Bio-fuels are commonly touted to be better for the environment but the people doing the touting are often those that benefit most from the production and consumption of it. However, many, many more people suffer the consequences. The thing is, bio-fuel producers say that it saves our planet's oil supply by using ethanol but in reality it takes oil to transform the corn into fuel. Not only that, the consequences on a human scale are simply horrific.


Increased demand for biofuels is driving up food prices and accelerating climate change, as rainforests are destroyed to grow fuel. But with strong global sustainability standards, we can ensure that biofuels help, rather than hurt.

This weekend, the twenty biggest economies, responsible for more than 75% of the world's carbon emissions, will meet in Chiba, Japan to begin the climate change discussions leading up to the G8 summit this summer. Before the summit, let's send our leaders messages urging the adoption of global standards for biofuels.

Sending your message is easy. Enter your information below, and your leader will automatically be targeted in the form to the right. You can then either type your own message, or send our pre-written version. Either way, join a global cry for biofuel change--urge your leader for biofuels standards now!

Be sure to send a letter in support of Avaaz's efforts, it only takes a moment. There are better ways to power our planet, such as using more solar and wind sources. Our farms should be providing food to those that need it, especially in developing countries that are desperately lacking in arable land that can feed their people. It should be just as profitable or more so to grow crops that are consumable rather than to be put into cars.