3 December, 2013–On the opening day of the World Trade Organization’s ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Global Justice Ecology Project stands together with organizations around the world to denounce neoliberal free trade policies through the release of Part I of our new report The Green Shock Doctrine.
Police at the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Ministerial in Miami in 2003 prepare to fire rubber bullets at protesters. Photo: Langelle/ PhotoLangelle.org
Ten years ago there were crucial battles against corporate globalization and free trade in both Cancun, Mexico and Miami, Florida. At the WTO ministerial in Cancun in September, South Korean farmer Lee Kyung Hae took his own life to protest unfair agricultural policies and the theme of the huge protests there became “The WTO Kills Farmers.” Two months later, the ministerial meeting of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) failed amidst opposition by developing countries over its draconian trade liberalization policies. Meanwhile, outside 20,000 protesters and unionists marched in the streets where they were brutally attacked by police.
Today, there is a crucial and obvious need for a powerful global movement to tackle the climate crisis. But it is Capitalism and the markets that have led us to the brink of this abyss. We need to mobilize and strengthen the global movement to tackle the root social and economic causes of the climate crisis–the same roots we were fighting in 2003 and even 20 years ago in 1993, when the Zapatistas were preparing to rise up against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which became the model for many unfair trade deals that followed.
Global Justice Ecology Project is publishing The Green Shock Doctrine to examine these deeper issues behind the climate crisis and their links to many of the other crises we are facing. In doing so, we hope to help advance the effort to transform the global system driving climate catastrophe. Part I is available now and Parts II through IV will be published subsequently.
Part I explains how global elites are using global ecological and social crises to create a whole new system of economics based on financial speculation and trade in so-called “environmental services” in order to maintain business as usual beyond all natural limits. Download Part I here.
Part II delves into “Public Private Partnerships” and what these mean for peoples and ecosystems globally.
Part III challenges “sustainable energy” and details all of the dirty and unjust forms of energy being promoted as “sustainable” as well as the devastating impacts they are having.
Part IV titled “Building the global movement to stop climate change” discusses the wide array of organizing being done around the globe to tackle the intertwined ecological and social causes of the climate crisis.
Filed under Climate Change, Commodification of Life, Corporate Globalization, Ending the Era of Extreme Energy, Energy, False Solutions to Climate Change, Green Economy, Greenwashing, Indigenous Peoples, Land Grabs, Political Repression, WTO
By Chris Lang, 29th November 2013 Source: REDD-Monitor
Negotiators at COP19 in Warsaw last week agreed seven decisions relating to REDD – the “Warsaw Framework for REDD Plus”. You can find each of the decision texts, as they came out of COP19 in Warsaw here.
This post looks at the decision on REDD finance, or, to give it its full title, the Work programme on results-based finance to progress the full implementation of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 (pdf file, 75 KB).
Filed under Biodiversity, Carbon Trading, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Commodification of Life, False Solutions to Climate Change, Forests, Forests and Climate Change, Green Economy, Greenwashing, Indigenous Peoples, Land Grabs, REDD, Warsaw/COP-19
Lubicon Lake Nation Tells Penn West Petroleum to Frack Off!:
Peaceful Occupation of Penn West Petroleum Site Begins Little Buffalo, Alberta
November 26, 2013–The Lubicon Lake Nation people have been driven to enforce their Law against PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD. (TSX: PWT); (NYSE: PWE) today on an oil lease site located in their Territory by peacefully occupying a nearby access road. The oil and gas giant.
Penn West has indicated they intend to drill and use hydraulic fracturing at the location. The site is at the headwaters of a nearby lake, bordered by the traditional Lubicon community of Kinosew Sakahikan referred to provincially as Haig Lake.
Long-time Chief Bernard Ominayak said this evening: We have never signed treaty, ceded our land, nor sold it to anybody. It’s high time that all resource companies operating on Lubicon Lake Nation lands, including Penn West, as well as the Provincial and Canadian governments respect that and stop destroying Lubicon land and stealing Lubicon resources.
Filed under Actions / Protest, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Ending the Era of Extreme Energy, Energy, False Solutions to Climate Change, Greenwashing, Hydrofracking, Idle No More, Indigenous Peoples, Land Grabs
November 26, 2013
Mr. Joe Goffman Senior Counsel, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Mail Code: 6101A Washington, DC 20460
Dear Mr. Goffman:
We, the undersigned scientists, believe regulations governing how stationary sources account for biogenic carbon emissions must be based on sound science and ensure adequate protections for forests and the climate. We applaud the EPA for setting a high standard in making policy on this important issue by seeking expert scientific input from the Science Advisory Board (SAB). We now urge the agency to follow through on that process and embrace the central scientific principles underscored by the SAB as you finalize these accounting rules. Doing otherwise at this juncture will fail the test of rigorous, science- based policymaking and could result in regulations that distort the marketplace towards greater use of unsustainable sources of biomass, with significant risks to our climate, forests and the valuable ecosystem services they provide and we rely on.
In 2011, EPA initiated a science-driven process to develop a methodology for properly quantifying biogenic carbon emissions from stationary sources under the Clean Air Act. As part of this process, the agency rightly solicited scientific input by submitting a draft “Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources” to the SAB for review by an assembled Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel. As now EPA finalizes its biogenic carbon accounting rules, it must follow through on that process and adopt the science panel’s key recommendations: 1) moving beyond the flawed assumption that bioenergy is inherently carbon neutral; 2) rejecting the regional accounting method originally proposed in the draft Accounting Framework; and 3) ensuring a scientifically-sound methodology for determining the carbon emissions impact to the atmosphere from burning long-recovery biomass feedstocks—most notably, whole trees.
Filed under Bioenergy / Agrofuels, Climate Change, Ending the Era of Extreme Energy, Energy, False Solutions to Climate Change, Forests, Forests and Climate Change, Greenwashing, Illegal logging, Land Grabs, Pollution, The Greed Economy and the Future of Forests
Last week’s Earth Minute discussed COP-19, the UN Climate Talks in Warsaw Poland. Simone Lovera, Executive Director of Global Forest Coalition described the situation on the ground.
Filed under Actions / Protest, Climate Change, Climate Justice, False Solutions to Climate Change, Green Economy, Greenwashing, KPFK, Politics, Pollution, UNFCCC, Warsaw/COP-19
NOTE: GJEP did not go to the UN Climate charade due to the takeover by corporate interests. We walked out in Durban, South Africa two years ago and never came back. Actually two people from GJEP had to be carried out of the Durban talks by UN security in protest of the exclusion of peoples’ voices from the negotiations.
To read GJEP’s analysis of the takeover of the UN process, download Part I of The Green Shock Doctrine, a paper in four parts, which we wrote as a means to help expose and examine the deeper issues behind the climate crisis and their links to many of the other crises we are facing.
–The GJEP Team
WARSAW, POLAND, November 21, 2013 – Today, one day before the planned conclusion of the Warsaw UN climate talks, hundreds of individuals from all continents representing social movements, trade unions and non-governmental organizations walked out of the UN climate conference in protest. 
“Polluters and corporations dominated this conference with their empty talk, so we walked out in protest. Polluters talk, we walk,” said Jagoda Munic, Chairperson of Friends of the Earth International.
“While people around the world are paying with their lives and livelihoods, and the risk of runaway climate change draws closer, we simply could not sit by this egregious inaction. Corporate profits should not come before peoples’ lives,” said Jagoda Munic.
“People and communities around the world who are already implementing climate-safe, local energy systems are the real climate leaders. Together, we must now apply political pressure so that our governments follow these leaders instead of the corporate polluters,” she added.
Filed under Actions / Protest, BREAKING NEWS, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Commodification of Life, Energy, Events, Green Economy, Greenwashing, UNFCCC, Warsaw/COP-19
By Patricia Sagastume, November 9, 2013 Source: Al Jazeera America
KEY WEST, Fla. In late October, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture tested insecticidal aerial spraying techniques over a warfare range in Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose: to evaluate how to lower populations of the blood-feeding Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever.
Farther south, on the Treasure Coast, Florida health officials had a busy summer trying to control the most recent dengue fever outbreak. Some 22 people contracted the disease, known as break-bone fever for its debilitating joint pain and severe flu-like symptoms.
“It’s very difficult to spray everywhere where this mosquito hides and breeds,” said Gene Lemire, director of Martin County Mosquito Control. “It’s very sneaky.”
Officials admit they are having mixed results with conventional methods, such as fumigations and aerial spraying. The mosquito is tough to hunt down. It thrives in tropical metropolitan areas, moves indoors and can hide in closets, even in folds of laundry.
It’s something most people agree is a problem. But a different and controversial potential solution is splitting communities in the Sunshine State.
Sustainability fear over new power stations’ demand for wood pellets after report says their use has implications globally
By Jamie Doward, 9 November 2013. Source: The Observer
A new report says the demand for wood pellets has implications for global land use. Photograph: Alamy
Britain’s new generation of biomass power stations will have to source millions of tonnes of wood from thousands of miles away if they are to operate near to their full capacity, raising questions about the claims made for the sustainability of the new technology.
Ministers believe biomass technology could provide as much as 11% of the UK’s energy by 2020, something that would help it meet its carbon commitments. The Environment Agency estimates that biomass-fired electricity generation, most of which involves burning wood pellets, can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared with coal-fired power stations. Eight biomass power stations, including one in a unit in the giant Drax power station, are operating in the UK and a further seven are in the pipeline. None operates near capacity.
Filed under Biodiversity, Bioenergy / Agrofuels, Climate Change, Ending the Era of Extreme Energy, Energy, False Solutions to Climate Change, Forests, Forests and Climate Change, Greenwashing, Illegal logging, Land Grabs, Pollution, The Greed Economy and the Future of Forests
Global Justice Ecology Project teams up weekly with Pacifica’s Sojourner Truth show hosted by Margaret Prescod to cover important news about the environment. Every Tuesday we produce an “Earth Minute” and each Thursday an “Earth Watch” interview segment with an activist from the front lines of the battle to protect mother Earth.
Filed under Climate Change, Corporate Globalization, Earth Audio podcasts / MP3s, Earth Minute, Forests, Forests and Climate Change, GE Trees, Genetic Engineering, Greenwashing, KPFK, Political Repression, The Greed Economy and the Future of Forests
7 November 2013. Source: La Via Campesina
Farmers produce food, not carbon. Yet, if some of the governments and corporate lobbies negotiating at the UN climate change conference to be held in Warsaw from 11-22 November have their way, farmland could soon be considered as a carbon sink that polluting corporations can buy into to compensate for their harmful emissions.
“We are directly opposed to the carbon market approach to dealing with the climate crisis,” says Josie Riffaud of La Vía Campesina. “Turning our farmers’ fields into carbon sinks – the rights to which can be sold on the carbon market – will only lead us further away from what we see as the real solution: food sovereignty. The carbon in our farms is not for sale!”Carbon trading has totally failed to address the real causes of the climate crisis. It was never meant to do so. Rather than reducing carbon emissions at their source, it has created a lucrative market for polluters and speculators to buy and sell carbon credits while continuing to pollute. Now the pressure is increasing to treat farmland as a major carbon sink which can be claimed as yet another counterbalance to industrial emissions. The governments of the US and Australia, the World Bank and the corporate sector have long argued for this, and for the creation of new carbon markets where they can purchase land-based offsets in developing countries. Agribusiness is well positioned to profit from these, and some developing country governments hope that offering their forests, grasslands and farmland to polluters in the North could earn them revenue. Continue reading
Filed under Biodiversity, Carbon Trading, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Commodification of Life, Corporate Globalization, False Solutions to Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, Green Economy, Greenwashing, Industrial agriculture, Land Grabs, World Bank