At a panel session at the Peoples’ Summit, Pat Mooney of the Canadian technology watchdog organization ETC Group challenges UN Environment Program Director Achim Steiner’s concept of the green economy. Mooney says the model would hand control of the world’s biomass over to the same corporations and financial institutions responsible for the current ecological and financial chaos. June 16, 2012.
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Earth Audio podcasts: Achim Steiner of UNEP and Pat Mooney of the ETC Group at the Rio+20 Peoples’ Summit
Rio+20 Alternative Peoples’ Summit opens today: People of the world vs. the “green economy” and global economic foreclosure
By Anne Petermann, Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project
It was pulled together by Brazilian groups and is being attended by social movements, Indigenous Peoples, activists and organizations from all over the world who are coming together to identify real solutions to the multiple and rising crises we face as humans on planet Earth. The summit was organized in direct opposition to the official UN circus known as the Rio+20 Conference for Sustainable Development. More aptly it would be called the Rio+20 Conference for the greenwashing of Business as Usual.
As I flew to Rio on 12 June, I read an article in the Financial Times titled “Showdown Looms at OPEC After Saudi Arabia Urges Higher Output.” The article explained how Saudi Arabia is urging OPEC to increase their output of oil in order to ensure that the global price of oil does not exceed US$100/barrel in order to “mitigate the risks that high oil prices pose to the global economy.”
The insane logic of expanding oil production in the face of mounting climate chaos in order to help rescue the global economy accurately reflects the mindset behind the negotiations around the UN’s Rio+20 Earth Summit, set to start next week here in Rio.
Pittsburgh, PA, September 20, 2009–Jihan Gearon from the Indigenous Environmental Network and Co-Coordinator of the Mobilization for Climate Justice speaks on false solutions to climate change and the impacts on Indigenous Peoples. Global Justice Ecology Project‘s Anne Petermann and Anna Pinto from CORE (Center for Organizing, Research and Education) in India also presented on the climate justice panel in the lead up to the opening of the International Coal Conference and meeting of the leaders of the G-20 to be held this week in Pittsburgh, PA.
The event is part of Global Justice Ecology Project’s New Voices on Climate Change fall tour. The New Voices tour is co-sponsored by Global Exchange, Speak Out and the Mobilization for Climate Justice with support in Pittsburgh from the