By Robin Llewellyn, April 9, 2014. Source: Intercontinental Cry
All photos by Robin Llewellyn
The controversial Barro Blanco dam project will face another challenge today when the Cacica Silvia Carrera presents a demand of unconstitutionality before Panama’s Supreme Court of Justice regarding Law 18, passed on March 26, 2013.
With Article 127 of the Panamanian Constitution protecting collective ownership of lands and prohibiting private ownership of indigenous territories, Law 18 was rushed into place by President Ricardo Martinelli to allow the legal appropriation of collective lands, particularly lands held by the Ngäbe communities of Nuevo Palomar, Kiad, and Quebrada Caña. All three communities face land seizures as a result of the dam’s construction.
Genisa, the Panamanian company developing Barro Blanco, initially argued that no land within the Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca would be affected by the 28.85 MW dam project; but then claimed that the indigenous communities had consented to the dispossession of their territories. The project has been approved by the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism, and is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Dutch state development bank FMO, and the German development bank DEG.
By Global Justice Ecology Project
Introduction to Part II
There is much being said and written today about how to effectively address the oncoming catastrophe of climate change, which is already, for many, tragically real.
There is a crucial and obvious need for a powerful global movement to tackle the climate crisis. But this movement will not be based on reform. Capitalism and the markets have led us to the brink of the abyss. They will not provide our parachute. The system cannot be reformed. It must be transformed.
The more we understand how the roots of the many issues we are fighting are intertwined, the better we can cooperate to change the system driving them. In diversity is strength, as any ecologist understands, and our movements for change are no exception.
Global Justice Ecology Project is publishing The Green Shock Doctrine, a paper in four parts, 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. In doing so, we hope to help advance the effort to transform the global system driving climate catastrophe.
Download it here:
THE GREEN SHOCK DOCTRINE: Part II of IV
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 Ozzie Zehner, June 30, 2013. Source: IEEE Spectrum
Photo-illustration: Smalldog Imageworks; Photos: car, Transtock/Corbis; coal: Nolimitpictures/iStockphoto
Last summer, California highway police pulled over pop star Justin Bieber as he sped through Los Angeles in an attempt to shake the paparazzi. He was driving a hybrid electric car—not just any hybrid, mind you, but a chrome-plated Fisker Karma, a US $100 000 plug-in hybrid sports sedan he’d received as an 18th-birthday gift from his manager, Scooter Braun, and fellow singer Usher. During an on-camera surprise presentation, Braun remarked, “We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you are on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly, and we decided to get you a car that would make you stand out a little bit.” Mission accomplished.
Bieber joins a growing list of celebrities, environmentalists, and politicians who are leveraging electric cars into green credentials. President Obama once dared to envision 1 million electric cars plying U.S. roads by 2015. London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, vibrated to the press over his born-again electric conversion after driving a Tesla Roadster, marveling how the American sports coupe produced “no more noxious vapours than a dandelion in an alpine meadow.” Meanwhile, environmentalists who once stood entirely against the proliferation of automobiles now champion subsidies for companies selling electric cars and tax credits for people buying them.
Two dozen governments around the world subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles. In Canada, for example, the governments of Ontario and Quebec pay drivers up to C $8500 to drive an electric car. The United Kingdom offers a £5000 Plug-in Car Grant. And the U.S. federal government provides up to $7500 in tax credits for people who buy plug-in electric vehicles, even though many of them are affluent enough not to need such help. (The average Chevy Volt owner, for example, has an income of $170 000 per year.)
April 1, 2013. Source: Earth First! Newswire
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By Cyril Mychalejko, January 21 2013. Source: Truthout
Photo: Spc. Kim Browne / US Army
Over the past few years a handful of liberal environmentalists, pundits and scientists have been co-opting the language and methods of the National Security State in order to declare a “War on Climate Change.”
A number of recent articles on the topic illustrate just how far militarism has coiled its way around climate change politics. A recent blog post by Joe Romm, an editor at Climate Progress, noted President Obama’s likely (and now actual) nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) as secretary of state. The article described Kerry as a “climate hawk” who “believes that climate change is the ‘biggest long term threat‘ to national security.” Continue reading
Note: Global Justice Ecology Project broke the story about the California-Chiapas-Acre REDD Deal and the impacts it would have on the Indigenous populations of the Lacandon jungle in Chiapas, Mexico following a trip to Indigenous village Amador Hernandez, deep in the heart of the Lacandon jungle in March of last year. To view the photo essay from this trip, click here. To view the 28 minute film we produced on the topic, click here.
–The GJEP Team
Declaration of Chiapas in REDDellion:
Enough of REDD+ and the Green Economy
The Spanish version can be downloaded at http://reddeldia.blogspot.mx/
From September 25-27, 2012, subnational governments from six countries will arrive in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México, to promote and advance advance the new shadow program with which they hope, by way of investors and their government supporters, to privatize tropical forests. It is called REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), and its justification is the climate crisis. The 17 state or provincial governments that will participate are: Chiapas and Campeche in México; Aceh, Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Papua and West Papua in Indonesia; Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Pará in Brasil; California and Illinois in the United States; Madre de Dios in Perú; and Cross River State in Nigeria. This group is hoping to advance, by way of this shadow mechanism, the privatization of Mother Earth, 1) in order to appropriate her resources and services (the objective behind bio-conservation, as the governor of Chiapas calls his REDD+ program in the Lacandon Jungle), 2) to elevate the unsustainable production of biofuels, destroying, in their wake, all forms of life, and 3) to rupture the main historic obstacles to capital in the forests and jungles of our nations: culture and community organization. All of this comes clothed in the concept of the “green economy”.
Filed under Actions / Protest, Bioenergy / Agrofuels, Carbon Trading, Chiapas, Climate Change, Corporate Globalization, Events, False Solutions to Climate Change, Forests, Forests and Climate Change, Green Economy, Indigenous Peoples, Land Grabs, Latin America-Caribbean, REDD, Rights, Resilience, and Restoration