Archive for December, 2009

“We’re not finished yet,” civil society warns

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Excerpt of story
… Changing the system

“System Change – Not Climate Change,” is the title of the final statement from Klimaforum09, signed by some 360 organizations from around the world.

Drafted months ago and discussed over the last week in the Danish capital, this “People’s Declaration” argues that “there are solutions to the climate crisis,” and puts forward six demands.

“What people and the planet need is a just and sustainable transition of our societies to a form that will ensure the rights of life and dignity of all people and deliver a more fertile planet and more fulfilling lives to present and future generations,” it states.

The signatory organisations called on governments to take urgent climate action, most importantly the “complete abandonment of fossil fuels within the next 30 years, which must include specific milestones for every five-year period.”

They also demanded “an immediate cut in GHG (greenhouse gases) of industrialized countries of at least 40 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020,” and “recognition, payment and compensation of climate debt for the overconsumption of atmospheric space and adverse effects of climate change on all affected groups and people.”

The statement goes on to reject “purely market-oriented and technology-centred false and dangerous solutions,” such as “nuclear energy, agro-fuels, carbon capture and storage, Clean Development Mechanisms, biochar, genetically ‘climate-readied’ crops, geoengineering, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).”

The “real solutions” are “based on safe, clean, renewable, and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as transitions to food, energy, land, and water sovereignty.”

The signatory organisations also proposed that an “equitable tax on carbon emissions” be established instead of “the regime of tradable emission quotas,” and that multilateral financial bodies like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund “be replaced by democratic and equitable institutions functioning in accordance with the United Nations Charter.”

They also demanded a “mechanism for strict surveillance and control of the operations of TNCs (transnational corporations).”

“Irrespective of the outcome of the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change, there is an urgent need to build a global movement of movements dedicated to the long-term task of promoting a sustainable transition of our societies,” the statement concludes.

Indigenous Pacific: Copenhagen Accord a failure

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Fiu Elisara, an indigenous expert at the climate change conference, says the accord ignores the concerns of indigenous people. He says this includes REDD, which is designed to offer financial incentives to conserve forests, but will not filter through to local communities.

“The way it’s working any funding out of REDD will be through an inter-governmental process and it’s basically benefitting the culprits, or compensating the loggers for example, because the criteria is such that the intention to de-log will actually amount to the logging companies and the emissions trading companies to actually benefit from REDD funding.”

Fiu Elisara says communities in the Indonesian province of Papua have been killed to make way for REDD projects.

Last day UNFCCC: Guilty men and women fleeing to the airport

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

JOHN SAUVEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GREENPEACE UK

“The city of Copenhagen is a crime scene tonight, with the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport. There are no targets for carbon cuts and no agreement on a legally binding treaty.

“It seems there are too few politicians in this world capable of looking beyond the horizon of their own narrow self-interest, let alone caring much for the millions of people who are facing down the threat of climate change.”

Interactive Play: VITAL SIGNS OF WARMING WORLD

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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Interactive play: PAYING TO POLLUTE

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Companies, including your utility company and even some environmental groups are lobbying for a mandatory “cap and trade” system that would penalize heavy polluters and reward companies that invest in clean power. Under the plan companies whose emissions are under their “cap” would get credits that could be sold to producers who go over their limit.

LEARN HOW THE “CAP AND TRADE” SCHEME WORKS -Play along as a company making investment decisions in a simulated market using such a system.

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VIDEO: THE MONEY TREE – CARBON OFFSET

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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WARNING: “REDD Not Fixable Nor Reformable – Don’t Greenwash REDD”

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

CLICK: Don’t Greenwash REDD

December 2009, at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Indigenous participants are increasingly concerned about REDD.

REDD stands for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation”. The idea, as agreed by United Nations climate negotiators in Bali in 2007, is that because preserving forests is good for the climate, governments, companies or forest owners in the South should be rewarded for keeping them standing instead of cutting them down.

However, several Indigenous Peoples representatives say that REDD is bad for people, and bad for climate. They call REDD “CO2lonialism of forests.”

Many human rights and environmental groups say that REDD will inevitably give more control over Indigenous Peoples’ forests to state forest departments, loggers, miners, plantation companies, traders, lawyers, speculators, brokers, Washington conservation organizations and Wall Street, resulting in violations of rights, loss of livelihood – and, ultimately, more forest loss.

The draft REDD text: targets gone, safeguards fading

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

CLICK: By Chris Lang, 14th December 2009

…Late on Friday night a draft REDD text was leaked to observers in Copenhagen. The draft REDD text has no mention of targets for ending deforestation and includes only weakened language on safeguards….