4 June 2014

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Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) is pleased to announce that Jay Burney will serve as the Media Coordinator for the international Campaign to STOP GE Trees,and for Biofuelwatch, based in Vermont and the UK. He will work out of the Buffalo office of Global Justice Ecology Project.

Mr. Burney has 30 years plus of working with environmental and sustainability issues and media. He has extensive experience working with NGOs, not for profit organizations, schools, communities, and engaging and educating government officials and the private sector.Mr. Burney is the founder of GreenWatch, a project focused on encouraging literacy for media makers involving sustainability and environmental issues, and The Learning Sustainability Campaign.

The Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees works for a global ban on ecologically and socially dangerous GE Trees. Itcarries out awareness and action strategies regarding the impact of genetically engineered trees and their commercial production on peoples, ecosystems, and the climate. Global Justice Ecology Project is a founding memberof, and houses, the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees, and is the North American focal point for the Global Forest Coalition.

Biofuelwatch works to raise awareness of the negative impacts of industrial bioenergy on biodiversity, human rights, food sovereignty, and climate change. Biofuelwatch is based in the UK and the US. National and international partners work to expose and oppose the social and environmental damages resulting from bioenergy driven increased demand for industrial agriculture and forestry monocultures. https://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/

Anne Petermann, Coordinator of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, and Executive Director of GJEP stated, “The addition of Mr. Burney to our team will help us make the issue of genetically engineered trees, including their potentially devastating impacts, more visible both to the public and to the communities threatened by them.” anne@globaljusticeecology.org

Rachel Smolker, co-director of Biofuelwatch said, “We are excited to be building our capacity to reach wider audiences and help to strengthen our partners and messaging opportunities. This is an important step and we welcome Jay to our work.”rsmolker@riseup.net

Orin Langelle, Chairman of the Board of GJEP and member of the Steering Committee of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees remarked that the hiring of Mr. Burney will enhance our engagement strategies in a powerful and highly visible way. “We will use his resource as a way to help empower and promote our work and that of our partners across North America and the globe.” orin@globaljusticeecology.org

Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) is a registered not for profit 501(c)(3), headquartered in Buffalo, New York. GJEP Coordinates and houses the Campaign to STOP GE Trees out of its Buffalo, NY office.

GJEP’s mission is to explore and expose the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction, and economic domination across the globe.

GJEP has programs and campaigns dedicated to: climate change awareness; stopping genetically engineered trees and their impacts on biodiversity, human culture, and the economy; and the negative consequences of bioenergy investments as climate change mitigation and economic development strategies.

Contact: Jay Burney, Media Coordinator

Office: +1.716.931.5833

Mobile: +1.716.536.5723

Email: Jay@stopgetrees.org


Additional links

GJEP Climate Connections Blog: https://climate-connections.org/

Global Forest Coalition: https://globalforestcoalition.org/

Orin Langelle Photography: https://photolangelle.org/

Photo by Orin Langelle

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