Joint International GMOpposition Day: April 8, 2006
A worldwide event (see the International Program and reports) was held on the 8th of April 2006, with the twofold aim of informing people and demonstrating the front of concerned citizens and organizations against GMOs (both open-air plants and food). This action developped according to a given Agenda, was distributed over several Information Sites, possibly linked through Internet video connections.
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Map of the
JIGMOD-2006 Information Sites.
Click on the signs to get to the International Program)
Orange spots locations of local events and contact-persons of the JIGMOD
Fire works signs demonstrations in connection with the JIGMOD
Blooms local teams participating in the Video-Conference
&& "Dear parliamentarians" MEMORANDUM
&&& Peasant / Native Seeds
&&&& Joint International GMOsaic
&&&&& Beacons of Fire
& International video-conference On the 8th of April 2006, Local teams with an Internet Video Connection were aware of simultaneous activities in other world districts. After a quarter of simultaneous connection involving Japan, Hungaria, Austria, Paris and Besançon (France), the image of an unreadable manuscript that contained a grining Smiley suddendly appeared at the place of the 5 videoconference windows. The full connection could not be reinstalled after this, except with Hungaria and later on with Berkeley.
Last preparation before the videoconférence : Japan, Turkey, France, Austria (1 mn 27)
click here >> Vandana Shiva contribution (9 mn 50) << pre-recorded on the 3rd of april for being broadcasted during the videoconference
click here >> Contribution of Brian Tokar & friends, from Blue Hill, USA (19 mn) << recorded on the 8th of April
Silent memory : Paris, Berkeley and Besançon (2 mn 23) << late on the 8th of April
Updated PC computer (Pentium III 800 MHz processor or equivalent, 256
MB RAM and 50 MB free disk space on your hard drive), working under Windows
written by independent scientists and
co-signed by organizations and citizens
The down-loadable 1-page letter summarizes many of the risks and problems of genetically engineered organisms. It will notably be read out during the international video-conference of the JIGMOD on 8 April, 2006.
The letter, written by a team of scientists and others, is primarily aimed at parliamentarians. It therefore emphasizes health risks—a particularly sensitive topic for law makers. The letter may also be used to highlight risks for shareholders of biotech companies.
Supporting signatures are welcome from scientists, as well as members of farmer-, consumer-, and political-organizations. (You are welcome to sign as a member, even if you are not signing on behalf of your organization.)
To become a signer, simply send an email to AlterCampagne. Include your name, profession, country, and whether you are signing as a scientist, as a member or officer of an organization, as a world citizen. The list of signatories is updated on this website.
&&& Peasant Seeds : a pre-existing alternative to GMOs
fruits and vegetables are delicious, but forbidden to sell, to exchange,
and to give.
&&&& JIGMOD : Joint International GMO Drawing
Let's Build the NOtoGMOsaic Together!
square pieces of mosaic
&&&&& Beacons of fire at the top of the hills, at sunset, the 8th of April
How was it possible to get ready?
Team which officially co-ordinated the JIGMOD for France:
Anne Bringault (Friends of the Earth - France)
Magali Ringoot, Arnaud Apoteker (Greenpeace - France)
Guy Kastler (Nature & Progrès)
Juan Roy de Menditte (ATTAC - France)
Michel Dupont (La Confédération Paysanne)
Vincent Perrot (FNAB)
Arnaud Gossement (FNE)
Stephen Kerckhove (Agir pour l'Environnement)
Dominique Béroule (Amis de la Confédération Paysanne, Attac, Greenpeace)
Maxime Lamy : JIGMOD Secretary
(printable version for poster, banner...)
stick-on labels available on request
At "D"-1 : there are official events planned in 247 localities and 72 states across the world, where about 1500 different types of actions will be carried out.
Thank you so much for this synchronized move towards a better planet.
Whatever may happen on the 8th of April 2006, our joint project is already useful, given the fullness of our mobilization, including the links created at both local and global levels.
Without having been led by an international structure, we, citizens of the world, have shown that we were able to set up a common front opposing the financial interest of a few AgroBiotech multinationals.
Not everybody could work out a big "Information Site" or a demonstration, but this is not the point. Because of our mutual solidarity, any downtown stall, any countryside beacons of fire will be amplified by the simultaneous actions carried out the very same day, everywhere on earth.
This "D" Day is not an end. This may be a starting point for a global resistance instead, and, hopefully, the beginning of the end for the current global GMO invasion.
Dom of Chevreuse
Thank you in first place to those who participated in the setting of their local event.
For their early and continuous involvement in this project, special thanks to :
Gerald of St David's, Jürgen of Stuttgart, Brian of Plainfield, Ignacio of Berkeley, Wolfgang of Wuppertal, Arpad of Hungary, Jeffrey of Fairfield, Jadwiga and Julian of Krakow, Annick of Charleroi, as well as to the French coordination team, including in particular: Eléa of Créteil, Maxime of Paris, and last but not least : Juan Roy of Paris.