Another blow to REDD: a false solution to climate change that is giving big polluters license to continue polluting, as well as displacing Indigenous Peoples around the world from their lands. For more on the dangers and impacts of REDD on Indigenous Peoples, watch this important interview on Democracy Now!
Brazilian Indigenous Leader: Carbon Trading Scheme “REDD” a False Solution to Climate Change
Democracy Now!, 11 December 2014
The controversial carbon trading scheme known as REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, has set off protests not only in Africa, but also in South America, especially in the Amazon region. We speak to Chief Ninawa Huni Kui, president of the Federation of the Huni Kui, an indigenous group in Brazil. He has traveled to the U.N. climate summit in Lima to voice his opposition to REDD.
Click here to view the interview on Democracy Now!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As officials from California EPA and members of the California Air Resources Board attend the United Nations Conference of Parties in Lima, Peru this week, they should consider the negative social and economic impacts of linking California’s carbon markets with forest protection efforts in Acre, Brazil, suggests a new report from the Brazilian Platform for Human, Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights.
At the Lima, Peru, climate talks, Jim Yong Kim, head of the World Bank, called for countries and corporations to reduce the impact of climate change by committing to a long-term strategy of “Zero Net Emissions,” also known as carbon neutrality. An article on Responding to Climate Change highlights Kim’s speech, while also explaining some of the details of the process, the likelihood it can be achieved and positions of other global leaders.
Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
So how does Kim think the world can get to Zero Net Emissions? Current tactics used by the World Bank and other global corporations include land grabbing, deforestation, wood burning and palm oil plantations — all known to promote, perpetuate and, in most cases, even worsen climate change.
There’s a comments section on this article, folks. At the time of writing, it’s at 0. Let’s use our voices to make it known that carbon neutrality is not the solution to climate change. The planet deserves better options; the world deserves better leaders.
It’s in plain sight, from sea to shining sea, and we’re not talking about purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain. We’re talking about climate change. We see it, the U.S. government and global corporations see it (but try to hide it) and now more and more Americans are starting to see it, too.
Carbon pollution is the biggest driver of climate change, and 40 percent of all carbon pollution in this country comes from power plants. Photo: EcoWatch
According to an article on EcoWatch, “Americans have filed more than 8 million comments in favor of the EPA’s plans to limit carbon pollution from new and existing power plants – the most ever received by the agency.” From California’s drought to Washington’s wildfires, we have to wonder – is this a sign of things to come, or a sign of too little too late?
The World Rainforest Movement (WRM) has issued an urgent call to action regarding the December 2014 COP20 UN Climate Negotiations in Lima, Peru. To join this call (full text below), send the name of your organization or group and country to NoREDDCop20@wrm.0rg.uy
CALL TO ACTION
TO REJECT REDD+ AND EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
TO CONFRONT CAPITALISM AND DEFEND LIFE AND TERRITORIES
COP20, Lima, December 2014
On the occasion of the UN climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru – known as COP20 – we warn that rejecting REDD+ and ‘environmental services’, under the ‘green economy’ umbrella, is a central part of our struggle against capitalism and extractive industries and in the defense of territories, life and Mother Earth.
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Biofuelwatch co-director and GJEP partner Rachel Smolker has posted an important article on Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) at the Washington Geoengineering Constortium website.
Smolker’s piece continues to build on and share her extensive knowledge and critique of bionenergy strategies touted by industry as “climate solutions.” Smolker makes a clear case that these strategies are false solutions to climate change and that environmental thinkers should not naively buy into these strategies.
The Washington Geoengineering Consortium is an initiative of the Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. They are concerned with the social, political, and legal implications of geoengineering technologies.
‘UNCERTAINTIES’ IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT, WHEN IT COMES TO BECCS
By Rachel Smolker, Biofuelwatch, 10 November 2014.
In 2012, Biofuelwatch published a report titled “Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage: Climate savior or dangerous hype?” We had long been working to reveal and oppose large scale industrial and commercial scale bioenergy in various forms ranging from ethanol refineries to soy and palm oil biodiesel to coal plants converting over to burn wood. We had argued that corn ethanol would drive biodiversity loss, cause food prices to rise and contribute to chronic hunger, while failing to reduce emissions, as it has in fact done. We argued that burning wood as a substitute for coal would create a new driver of deforestation, even as protecting forests and ecosystems was recognized as a “best line of defense” against climate change. We pointed out that large scale bioenergy was incompatible with the simultaneous push to quantify, commodify and protect land based carbon sinks and their “services” (often for the dubious purpose of providing offsets to polluters…). We highlighted the human rights impacts, as land grabs for bioenergy escalated in Africa and elsewhere. And we argued over and over that the carbon consequences of bioenergy were far from “climate friendly” or “carbon neutral,” a myth that has been perpetuated by industry proponents and even parroted by many naive environmentalists.
Washington Geoengineering Consortium definitions of geoengineering here.
Chris Hedges has a weekly column at Truthdig. Last Monday after participating in a variety of events and talks during the activist weekend in NYC including participation in a panel discussion titled “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” with Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein and Ksama Stewart. The Real News Network and Producer Jaisal Noor posted a piece about it HERE. Hedges made the remarks partially posted below at that panel discussion. The full Truthdig piece “The Coming Climate Revolt” can be found here.
Street medics wash pepper spray out of the eyes of protesters during the Flood Wall Street actions on Monday, 22 September. Photo by Ruddy Turnstone
The Coming Climate Revolt
by Chris Hedges Truthdig 21 September 2014
We have undergone a transformation during the last few decades—what John Ralston Saul calls a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. We are no longer a capitalist democracy endowed with a functioning liberal class that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Liberals in the old Democratic Party such as the senators Gaylord Nelson, Birch Bayh and George McGovern—who worked with Ralph Nader to make the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the OSHA law, who made common cause with labor unions to protect workers, who stood up to the arms industry and a bloated military—no longer exist within the Democratic Party, as Nader has been lamenting for several years. They were pushed out as corporate donors began to transform the political landscape with the election of Ronald Reagan. And this is why the Democrats have not, as Bill Curry points out, enacted any major social or economic reforms since the historic environmental laws of the early ’70s.
We are governed, rather, by a species of corporate totalitarianism, or what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin describes as “inverted totalitarianism.” By this Wolin means a system where corporate power, while it purports to pay fealty to electoral politics, the Constitution, the three branches of government and a free press, along with the iconography and language of American patriotism, has in fact seized all the important levers of power to render the citizen impotent.
The full Truthdig piece “The Coming Climate Revolt” can be found here.
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How Capitalism will save the planet it is destroying. After all, US money is green too.
In a 2009 file photo, a general view of the new PS20 solar plant at “Solucar” solar park in Sanlucar La Mayor, near Seville. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – There’s money to be made by going green.
So say business leaders and politicians who pressed the economic case for urgent action to fight climate change at events across New York City ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, which opens on Tuesday.
“Climate change is the biggest problem in this world but also one of the most exciting opportunities,” Virgin chairman Richard Branson said at the Morgan Library during a panel discussion addressing the role of business in society. “If business leaders realise how exciting it is, they’ll see there’s actually an opportunity here.”
Switching the business focus from old, dirty resources to renewable, eco-friendly solutions is a matter of profit, Unilever CEO Paul Polman said at the forum.
Ignoring the problem and doing nothing is “exceeding the cost of taking action,” Polman added, noting that inaction on climate change would wipe out profits to be made in the food sector in the next 50 years.
Pointing to the hundreds of thousands of people who marched in New York and cities around the world to demand urgent action on climate change, U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said that the business community now has to maintain that popular momentum.
“Sustainability has to stop being viewed as a corporate responsibility issue” and become a core part of business operations, she said.
Their comments came as We Mean Business – a coalition of organisations working with thousands of businesses and investors around the world – released a report detailing the financial returns of switching to cleaner technologies.
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