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Portraits: British Singer and Activist Committed to Saving Tropical Forests

Posted on 11 December 2009 by editor

British activist Misty Oldland is focused on saving the rainforest. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

British activist Misty Oldland is focused on saving the rainforest. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

British singer and activist Misty Oldland is rushing around Klimaforum asking people at the crowded and colourful parallel summit to mime the letters and words in the phrase “CO2 Cut”, to film them and upload the videos to the YouTube website.

“I support tropical forest conservation. (Here in Copenhagen) I’m meeting people concerned with this issue. All my work is about raising consciousness and fighting for tropical forest conservation,” the 43-year-old activist told TerraViva after filming indigenous people from South America.

Oldland, who came to Copenhagen with a friend and has also visited the COP 15 at the Bella Center, is a volunteer with the Inga Foundation, a British NGO dedicated to reducing forest clearance by the slash and burn techniques often used by poor farmers.

According to the activist and singer, in Latin America the Inga Foundation is teaching Honduran small farmers a number of more productive, sustainable agricultural practices.

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