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World Social Forum IV comes to a close

Feb. 1, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today we saw the World Social Forum IV come to a close under rainy skies. The rain united with many tears from the public and from the assembly groups who said their goodbyes and who once more lifted their hopes for change in the world.

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Nanotechnology, Public Engagement and Human Intent

Jan. 31, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today we held our final workshop on nantechnology. This workshop was dedicated to the issue of nanotechnology and public engagement. We talked about how important it is for the public to discuss and have decision making power in the development of...

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Nanotechnology and Worker Safety

Jan. 30, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Today our World Social Forum workshop focused on nanotechnology and worker safety. We listened to Brazilian worker union representatives and worker safety specialist who talked to the audience about the many risks involved in working with nanopart...

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Our First Workshop

Jan. 28, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today we held our first workshop on the WSF's beautiful grounds by a river that connects to the Amazon forest. We organized the workshop as a space to discuss nanotechnology, public engagement and the technologies novel risks for humans and the en...

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Marching into our workshops

Jan. 27, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Today, I took part in a march attended by more than 80,000 people! This march was the start of the World Social Forum. I’ve never witnessed such a colorful and powerful protest. It was peaceful, full of music, drums, singing and dancing. The...

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One forum down, one to go

Jan. 27, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Meetings took place over the weekend to finalize our activities for the World Forum on Science and Democracy and for the World Social Forum (WSF). Those who have come to the forum have been confronted with not only the challenge of projecting a po...

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Coal Ash Spill

Jan. 25, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

At the end of 2008, a large swath of Tennessee was flooded with toxic coal ash when a containment pond ruptured. The massive spill -- bigger than the oil released from the Exxon Valdez -- covered hundreds of acres of land, knocking homes off of th...

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Act Together for another World

Jan. 22, 2009 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

The World Social Forum unites thousands of activists, social movements, civil society groups, NGOs, unions, universities and fellow Friends of the Earth sister groups from around the world and will host more than 2,500 seminars, workshops and othe...

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Deeply Flawed U.S. Climate Action Partnership Proposal

Jan. 15, 2009 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Friends of the Earth released a statement regarding the deeply flawed U.S. Climate Action Partnership (U.S. CAP) Proposal. U.S. CAP's proposed emissions reduction target for the year 2020 is far weaker than what scientists have called for, the pro...

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