REDD 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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  • "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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Journalist John Vidal from The Guardian interviewing Pablo Solon, former Ambassador and Bolivia's lead negotiator at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations.

    THE DAY AFTER – COP17 John Vidal and Pablo Solo (Saturday, Dec 10th 2011) PART1

    Journalist John Vidal from The Guardian interviewing Pablo Solon, former Ambassador and Bolivia's lead negotiator at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations.

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  • "We challenged the big organisations with environmental racism ... including Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, to bring our voices to the board, to the way in these campaigns are shaped. ... We have challenged, and become very unpopular, for raising the issue of classism which is source of the problem and requires an economic analysis if the environmental and climate narrative is to be truthful.... Look at 350.org – we had to challenge them to bring us to stand with them on the pipeline issue. Bill McKibben, the ivory tower white academic, didn't even want to take the time to bring people of colour to the organising. ..."

    Climate Change, the Big Corrupt Business? A Brilliant Interview with Tom Goldtooth

    "We challenged the big organisations with environmental racism ... including Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, to bring our voices to the board, to the way in these campaigns are shaped. ... We have challenged, and become very unpopular, for raising the issue of classism which is source of the problem and requires an economic analysis if the environmental and climate narrative is to be truthful.... Look at 350.org – we had to challenge them to bring us to stand with them on the pipeline issue. Bill McKibben, the ivory tower white academic, didn't even want to take the time to bring people of colour to the organising. ..."

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  • FORESTS ARE MORE THAN JUST A COMMODITY:FORESTS ARE MORE THAN JUST A COMMODITY: Bolivia Submits Sustainable Forest Life Proposal to COP17 based on the Principle of

    Bolivia Submits Sustainable Forest Life Proposal to COP17 based on the Principle of "Non-commodification of Forests"

    FORESTS ARE MORE THAN JUST A COMMODITY:FORESTS ARE MORE THAN JUST A COMMODITY: Bolivia Submits Sustainable Forest Life Proposal to COP17 based on the Principle of "Non-commodification of Forests."

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  • The Commodification of Earth's Forests: The Key Players Behind REDD

    "The WWF, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, Woods Hole Research Center, CIFOR, Wildlife Conservation Society and other “conservationist” NGOs are among those who stand to make billions of dollars from REDD+. The interests of these conservation NGOs and large corporations have become more clear. Corporations on one hand have been using these NGOs as their best green public relations’ agencies – if paid the right amounts of money, and the NGOs funds on the other hand, have grown more dependent on the “contributions” from these same corporations."

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  • Bolivia: Solidarity activists need to support process

    "Ignoring or denying clear evidence of US funding to such organisations is problematic. Attacking the Bolivian government for exposing this, as some did, disarms solidarity activists in their fight against imperialist intervention. But biggest failure of the solidarity movement has been its silence on US and corporate responsibility for the conflict. The TIPNIS dispute was not some romanticised, Avatar-like battle between indigenous defenders of Mother Earth and a money-hungry government intent on destroying the environment. Underpinning the conflict was the difficult question of how Bolivia can overcome centuries of colonialism and underdevelopment to provide its people with access to basic services while trying to respect the environment. The main culprits are not Bolivian; they are imperialist governments and their corporations."

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