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.
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.
BluForest Inc claims to be setting up REDD projects in Ecuador. It plans to generate carbon credits from 105,000 hectares of land in Ecuador. BluForest announced last week that it had signed a letter of intent with Global Fuel Limited for the pre-purchase of carbon credits.
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”.
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.
In May 2013, Naomi Klein asked, “Why aren’t environmental groups divesting from fossil fuels?” Klein discovered that several of the big US-based NGOs invest in fossil fuels.
Indigenous Peoples presented conflicting points out view about REDD during the 12th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, currently taking place in New York.
The Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Climate Change against REDD+ and for Life has written a statement opposing REDD in California’s cap-and-trade scheme.
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.
In April 2013, Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (FoE ATALC) wrote to California’s Governor, Jerry Brown to oppose REDD offsets in California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).
Last week, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth-US, Sierra Club California and 24 other environmental and social groups sent a letter to California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, urging him to keep REDD carbon offsets out of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB-32).
On 22 April 2013, the No REDD in Africa Network sent a letter to Jerry Brown, Governor of California, opposing the inclusion of REDD offsets in California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB-32.
“If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.” That’s the slogan of the Fossil Free Movement, a campaign started by Bill McKibben and 350.org to persuade “educational and religious institutions, city and state governments, and other institutions that serve the public good” to divest from fossil fuels.
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