False Solutions Archive

  • "In a January 2012 interview, Berta warned me about how REDD-plus will impact communities where it’s implemented. “It means that they are going to put army or security guards to make sure nobody enters,” she said, “so families can’t go and collect firewood or medicine.” The land will be privatized and conceded to companies, and the community will be excluded from making any decisions about it. This process opens doors to concessions of commercial projects, CDMs, mining, dams, and other projects damaging to forests. In light of this situation, perhaps REDD-plus would be better described as a business of “Reinforcing Enforcement of Dispossession” against communities—and one that causes deforestation anyway."

    The Oxygen Trade: Leaving Hondurans Gasping for Air

    "In a January 2012 interview, Berta warned me about how REDD-plus will impact communities where it’s implemented. “It means that they are going to put army or security guards to make sure nobody enters,” she said, “so families can’t go and collect firewood or medicine.” The land will be privatized and conceded to companies, and the community will be excluded from making any decisions about it. This process opens doors to concessions of commercial projects, CDMs, mining, dams, and other projects damaging to forests. In light of this situation, perhaps REDD-plus would be better described as a business of “Reinforcing Enforcement of Dispossession” against communities—and one that causes deforestation anyway."

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  • " With this formulation, the UN's GEP assumes that forests, species, stable climates, etc. are somehow replaceable by the wizardry of financial markets. This new conceptualization of the natural world creates sets of financial commodities thatwill be conserved in order in order to provide ecosystem services – or traded (i.e.sold) to enable development (and ensuing ecological degradation). This project will undoubtedly create "opportunities" for business at first, but one destroyed ecosystems cannot be saved by other preserved ecosystems elsewhere."

    Re-Imaging the Commons as ‘The Green Economy’ – A Critical Analysis by Dr.Joanna Boehnert

    " With this formulation, the UN's GEP assumes that forests, species, stable climates, etc. are somehow replaceable by the wizardry of financial markets. This new conceptualization of the natural world creates sets of financial commodities thatwill be conserved in order in order to provide ecosystem services – or traded (i.e.sold) to enable development (and ensuing ecological degradation). This project will undoubtedly create "opportunities" for business at first, but one destroyed ecosystems cannot be saved by other preserved ecosystems elsewhere."

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  • EXCLUSIVE / Germany’s largest and most prestigious research institute has pulled out of a Canadian government-funded CAN$25 million research project into sustainable solutions to tar sands pollution, citing fears for its environmental reputation.

    German Research Institute Pulls out of Canadian Tar Sands Project

    EXCLUSIVE / Germany’s largest and most prestigious research institute has pulled out of a Canadian government-funded CAN$25 million research project into sustainable solutions to tar sands pollution, citing fears for its environmental reputation.

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  • "Expelled from their lands because of the continuous process of colonization, more than 40,000 Guarani Kaiowá now live on less than 1% of their original territory. On their lands today, there are thousands of hectares of sugarcane put in place by multinational enterprises that portray ethanol to the world as an "environment friendly" and "clean" fuel."

    WATCH: The Dark Side of the Green | Guarani-Kaiowá Peoples Being Decimated for Ethanol Boom in Brazil

    "Expelled from their lands because of the continuous process of colonization, more than 40,000 Guarani Kaiowá now live on less than 1% of their original territory. On their lands today, there are thousands of hectares of sugarcane put in place by multinational enterprises that portray ethanol to the world as an "environment friendly" and "clean" fuel."

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  • "We denounce to the whole world the pressure from some countries for the approval of new carbon market mechanisms, although these have shown to be ineffective in the fight against climate change, and that only represent business opportunities. This is a climate change conference, not a conference for carbon business. We did not come here to do business with the death of Mother Earth betting on the power of markets as a solution. We are here to protect our Mother Earth, we came here to protect the future of humanity. Yesterday forests were turned into carbon markets businesses, and the same was done with the land, they tried to oceans and, worse, to agriculture."

    Bolivia Address to COP 18 in Defense of Mother Earth in Qatar

    "We denounce to the whole world the pressure from some countries for the approval of new carbon market mechanisms, although these have shown to be ineffective in the fight against climate change, and that only represent business opportunities. This is a climate change conference, not a conference for carbon business. We did not come here to do business with the death of Mother Earth betting on the power of markets as a solution. We are here to protect our Mother Earth, we came here to protect the future of humanity. Yesterday forests were turned into carbon markets businesses, and the same was done with the land, they tried to oceans and, worse, to agriculture."

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  • One hundred tons of an iron-rich dirt-like material was dumped into the ocean near Haida Gwaii, an island off the shores of British Columbia and Alaska, in an effort to enhance the growth of phytoplankton and improve fishery [1]. It was done without permits as part of a $2-million project, initiated by the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation in the hope of obtaining carbon credits, and has sparked considerable controversy.

    Ocean Fertilization Promotes Toxic Algae in Haida Gwaii

    One hundred tons of an iron-rich dirt-like material was dumped into the ocean near Haida Gwaii, an island off the shores of British Columbia and Alaska, in an effort to enhance the growth of phytoplankton and improve fishery [1]. It was done without permits as part of a $2-million project, initiated by the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation in the hope of obtaining carbon credits, and has sparked considerable controversy.

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  • KARI-OCA 2 DECLARATION, “INDIGENOUS PEOPLES GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON RIO+20 AND MOTHER EARTH” June 17, 2012 We, the Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth assembled at the site of Kari-Oka I, sacred […]

    Rio+20 Kari-Oca 2 Declaration: The Green Economy is a Crime Against Humanity and the Earth

    KARI-OCA 2 DECLARATION, “INDIGENOUS PEOPLES GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON RIO+20 AND MOTHER EARTH” June 17, 2012 We, the Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth assembled at the site of Kari-Oka I, sacred […]

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  • "The Rio+20 zero draft remains carefully and deceptively worded in order to ignore and roll back the specific agreements made by governments and obligations on them of the 1992 Rio declaration, Agenda 21 and the Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as ignoring their obligations under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and their self-evident responsibility of protecting our sacred Earth."

    The Climate Emergency Institutes Appraisal of the Rio+20 Sell Out

    "The Rio+20 zero draft remains carefully and deceptively worded in order to ignore and roll back the specific agreements made by governments and obligations on them of the 1992 Rio declaration, Agenda 21 and the Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as ignoring their obligations under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and their self-evident responsibility of protecting our sacred Earth."

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  • Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil. What do these projects have […]

    The Carbon Rush | A New Film by Amy Miller

    Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil. What do these projects have […]

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  • "It is no secret that Al Jazeera has become an instrumental tool of propaganda (Wadah Khanfar, Al-Jazeera and the triumph of televised propaganda by Thierry Meyssan), serving the Imperialist powers in the expanding destabilization campaigns taking place at unprecedented speed across the globe. What is perhaps less known is the destabilization campaign staged against the Bolivian President Evo Morales, which Morales successfully circumvented and over-came in late 2011. (Media reported several deaths including a baby – all which proved to be complete fabrication.)"

    Bolibya? Juan Carlos Zambrana sets the Record Straight on the Destabilization Campaign Against Morales Led by U.S. Funded NGOs

    "It is no secret that Al Jazeera has become an instrumental tool of propaganda (Wadah Khanfar, Al-Jazeera and the triumph of televised propaganda by Thierry Meyssan), serving the Imperialist powers in the expanding destabilization campaigns taking place at unprecedented speed across the globe. What is perhaps less known is the destabilization campaign staged against the Bolivian President Evo Morales, which Morales successfully circumvented and over-came in late 2011. (Media reported several deaths including a baby – all which proved to be complete fabrication.)"

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