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December 18, 2014
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Taking action ‘For the Forest'; citizens urged to act locally for global change

Professor Dean W. M. Leslie, president, Arts for Peace, at left with dog, later announced that the United Nations is focusing increased attention on internationally significant issues such as hydrofracking for natural gas.


Among the goals listed in the resulting declaration is the following: “We move for the adoption of an intergovernmental mechanism or instrument to assess the environmental, health and socio-economic impacts of new and emerging technologies, in line with the precautionary principle. We call for the outright ban on technologies that put the planet at grave risk.”

Leslie cited “geo-engineering and hydrofacking for natural gas” as examples of such technologies and urged citizens to make the UN aware of their concerns by sending letters and photos to mail@unafp.org in order to provide resources for upcoming discussions at the Rio + 20 conference.
“For the Forest” also featured a performance of Yoko Ono’s “Secret Piece,” a guided mushroom walk with Nathaniel Whitmore, fireside songs with Sima Cunningham and locally sourced foods prepared by Andrea Reynosa of SkyDog Projects and other volunteers. See additional photos on our website.