Protest against California Governor Jerry Brown: “REDD is bad for the climate, bad for the environment, bad for Californians, bad for human rights and bad for the economy”

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Last week, more than 60 activists protested outside the Le Parc Hotel in San Francisco against the presentation of Blue Green Alliance’s Right Stuff Award to governor Jerry Brown. Brown did not turn up to accept the award.

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Opposition to REDD in California’s cap-and-trade scheme continues

The debate about whether REDD credits should be included in California’s cap-and-trade scheme continues. This week, a group of social and environmental NGOs wrote to Jerry Brown, California’s governor, opposing REDD and requesting a meeting with Brown and Mary D. Nichols, the Chair of the California Air Resources Board.

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BluForest Inc: “Creating a sustainable, profitable business that protects the world’s irreplaceable rainforests.” Really?

BluForest describes itself as “a publicly traded carbon offsets marketing company that is setting a new standard for sustainable business in carbon offset credit trading.” BluForest owns 135,000 hectares of forest in Ecuador, “from which it will generate tradable carbon credits”.

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Corruption in Tanzania: President’s men took over, Norwegian aid money disappeared

In February 2013, Siri Gedde-Dahl, a journalist with Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper, investigated corruption in a REDD project in Tanzania funded by Norway. In a recent Aftenposten article, Gedde-Dahl reports that Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, the Tanzanian NGO that was running the project, has collapsed.

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NGOs to California’s Governor: “Trading emissions is NOT a solution to climate change”

Here’s another letter to California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, opposing REDD offsets in California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). This one is from 12 environmental and social organisations from Brazil, South Africa, and Europe, and from Friends of the Earth International, the world’s largest grassroots environmental network.

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