|Rio Earth Summit: Tragedy, Farce, and Distraction|
By Anne Petermann,Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project
Source: Z Magazine, September 2012
As I flew to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 12 for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)—the 20-year anniversary of the historic “Rio Earth Summit”—I read an article in the Financial Times titled “Showdown Looms at OPEC After Saudi Arabia Urges Higher Output.” The article explained that Saudi Arabia was urging OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) to increase their output of oil in order to ensure that the global price of oil would not exceed $100 per barrel in order to “mitigate the risks that ...
9/19/2012 11:15 am Read More
|GJEP Report: GE Trees and Bioenergy: A Growing Threat to Forests and Communities|
Global Justice Ecology Project's report examines the status of genetically engineered trees and their potential use as a bioenergy feedstock; reveals industry-government-university-research institution collusion to advance GE trees for bioenergy; and describes the campaign to stop the genetic engineering of trees.
To download the report, please click on the PDF below:
Analysis of the State of GE Trees May 2013.pdf ...
7/18/2012 12:43 pm Read More
|No REDD Papers, Volume 1|
Global Justice Ecology Project has just published the No REDD Papers.
“No REDD Papers, Volume I is a must read for all who seek to know the truth about this mercantilist tool called REDD. It is also highly recommended for those who believe that policies to fight the current climate chaos must see the people and Mother Earth, and not merely see trees as commodities for cash and carbon speculation.”
—Nnimmo Bassey, Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate, Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Chair of Friends of the Earth International and ...
11/17/2011 4:15 am Read More
|Outsourcing Global Warming Solutions|
Since traveling to Chiapas to investigate the California-Chiapas REDD initiative this March, I’ve written and published several pieces on the multi-faceted problems associated with offsetting California’s Co2 emissions by ‘investing’ in forests in the global South, and specifically in a region such as Chiapas where the fundamental political dynamic is a long-running effort to dispossess indigenous communities of their territories and resources. An issue as complex and multi-faceted as this is requires a number of avenues for exploring its implications; Alternet and Upside Down World have run pieces, and more are forthcoming in Z Magazine and Earth Island Journal. The ...
6/23/2011 11:25 am Read More
|Key Arguments Against REDD fact sheet|
Key Arguments Against REDD is a new 3 page fact sheet produced by Carbon Trade Watch with input from Global Justice Ecology Project and Indigenous Environmental Network. It spells out numerous arguments why REDD (the international scheme to supposedly "Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation") is dangerous, destructive, violates human rights and will do nothing to curb climate chaos.
To download the PDF, click on the icon below:
6/22/2011 6:57 am Read More
|Why Market-Based Solutions to Climate Change Can Cause More Harm Than Good|
A leading environmental activist from Chiapas talks about the threats faced by biofuel plantations, carbon offset programs and more.
June 8, 2011
by Jeff Conant, GJEP Communications Director (Cross-Posted from Alternet)
Photo Caption: Jeff Conant interviews Gustavo Castro in Chiapas. Photo: Langelle/ GJEP-GFC
When I learned last November that California’s then-governor Schwarzenegger had signed agreements to build a carbon offset protocol into California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) (see AlterNet’s coverage hereand here), and that one of these agreements was with the state of Chiapas, Mexico, where I’ve spent significant time, I wondered immediately what this would mean for the Indigenous communities of Chiapas, ...
6/23/2011 11:19 am Read More
|New Ruling Puts California Cap and Trade on Permanent Hold|
Implications Unclear for Chiapas REDD Program- by Jeff Conant, GJEP Communications Director (May 23, 2011)San Francisco, May 23 – San Francisco’s Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment (CRPE) announced today that it received the judge’s writ in its lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board (CARB); the writ gives the green light to most of the policies advanced under AB32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, but puts a permanent hold on cap and trade.“Judge Ernest Goldsmith of the San Francisco Superior Court ruled that CARB violated CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act) when, among other things, it failed to ...
6/23/2011 11:12 am Read More
|Apartheid Housing Posed as Solution to Climate Vulnerability in Chiapas|
Article by GJEP Communications Director Jeff ConantPhoto by GJEP Co-Director/Strategist Orin LangelleCross-Posted from UpsideDown World Friday, 13 May 2011 12:25
(To view the article including the photo essay by Orin Langelle, click here)
The “Sustainable Rural City” Project of Santiago el Pinar
Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state, with the country’s largest indigenous population, has always been extremely vulnerable to volatile climate events. High levels of hunger and marginalization are exacerbated almost annually by torrential rain and flooding, which can only be expected to get worse as the climate crisis deepens. In 2009, the state launched and began widely publicizing its Climate Change Action Programme ...
6/23/2011 11:08 am Read More
|Global Warming Bill Outsources Solutions, Putting the Burden on Poor Communities in California and Mexico|
By Jeff Conant, GJEP’s Communications Director Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP-GFC
Cross-posted from Alternet4.21.2011 – California leads the United States in energy efficiency, and is often hailed as a global beacon of environmental protection; at the same time, it is the 12th largest emitter of carbon dioxide worldwide, making the state a significant driver of climate change. Any efforts to reduce these emissions would clearly benefit not only California, but the world. So when the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32, came to a grinding halt due to San Francisco Superior Court’s March 18 ruling that it violated the California Environmental ...
6/23/2011 10:50 am Read More
|Interview with Santiago Martinez of Amador Hernandez, Chiapas|
“If I go around selling someone else’s home out from under him, well, he’s going to get angry”
Interview by Jeff Conant, GJEP Communications Director. Photo by Orin Langelle, GJEP Co-Director/Strategist
Santiago Martinez is a community health worker from the village of Amador Hernández in the Lacandon jungle of Chiapas, Mexico. Amador Hernández, a village of about 1500 people, sits at the biological center of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, and at the edge of a roughly 500,000 hectare area of jungle known as the Lacandon Community Zone, which was deeded to sixty-six families from the Lacandon tribe, and a few communities ...
6/23/2011 10:39 am Read More
|A Broken Bridge to the Jungle: The California-Chiapas Climate Agreement Opens Old Wounds|
Report Back from Journalistic Assignment in Chiapas, Mexico
by Jeff Conant, (In addition to being a journalist, Jeff is also Communications Director for Global Justice Ecology Project)
When photographer Orin Langelle and I visited Chiapas over the last two weeks of March, signs of conflict and concern were everywhere, amidst a complex web of economic development projects being imposed on campesino and indigenous communities without any semblance of free, prior, and informed consent. Among these projects is a renewed government effort to delimit Natural Protected Areas within the Lacandon Jungle, in order to generate carbon credits to be sold to California companies. ...
4/07/2011 3:03 am Read More
|Z Magazine: Outrage at the UN Cancun Climate Talks|
Cover photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFC
The February edition of Z Magazine features an article by Global Justice Ecology Project Co-Directors Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle titled, “Activist Outrage at the UN Climate Conference: World Carbon Trade Organization vs. the People and the Planet”
The article describes in detail the positions of many of the climate justice and environmental justice organizations that were present at the UN Climate Convention in Cancún, Mexico. It also discusses the concerted effort by the UN Climate Convention to shut down dissent as well as the actions taken by organizations and governments to respond to ...
2/09/2011 12:16 pm Read More
|Forest Policy Fails to Address the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Degradation|
Excessive Demand for Wood and Land is the Major Cause of Deforestation, a New Global Forest Coalition Report Reveals
Cancun, Mexico, 1 December 2010 – A report released by the Global Forest Coalition today at the UN Climate Talks in Cancun, Mexico reveals that measures to address deforestation, like REDD (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) are likely to fail because they do not address the underlying causes of forest loss, such as excessive global demand for wood, plantation agriculture, expanding agrofuel production, and a rapid shift toward a bioenergy economy. High ...
12/06/2010 8:44 am Read More
|Annual Report 2009|
Please click the link below to download our 2009 Annual Report.
Annual Report 2009.pdf
What You Will Find in Our 2009 Annual Report:
• GJEP’s Climate Justice Program: Accomplishments at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark; and building the climate justice movement in North America
• Updates on the STOP GE Trees Campaign and our work in support of the rights of Indigenous and forest-dependent communities
• Media Support work: The Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change
• New Voices on Climate Change: Fall Tour and G20 Protests in Pittsburgh
• GJEP’s Visual Impact: the photography of Orin Langelle
• GJEP’s work in Vermont
1/05/2011 4:42 am Read More
|Biodiversity Conference Hijacked |
Corporate influence continues to prevent action
by Anne Petermann, GJEP (from December 2010 edition of Z Magazine)
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) tenth Conference of the Parties (COP-10) took place from October 5-29. This, the International Year of Biodiversity, was the year by which the UN CBD had tasked itself with achieving a set of "Millennium Development Goal" (MDG) targets to stave off biodiversity loss. These targets were wildly missed. According to Ahmed Djoghlaf, the pro-business executive secretary of the CBD, "The three big outcomes of the COP-10 meeting in Nagoya" were to be "a global agreement on a new [strategic ...
1/13/2011 5:26 am Read More
|Why REDD is Wrong|
To download the PDF of this document, click on the icon: WhyReddIsWrong.pdf
WHY REDD IS WRONG
The UN states that the chief aim of its program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is “to make forests more valuable standing than they would be cut down, by creating a financial value for the carbon stored in trees. Once this carbon is assessed and quantified, the final phase of REDD involves developed countries paying developing countries carbon offsets for their standing forests.”[i] On its face, the idea of “reducing emissions from deforestation” is extremely appealing. But the devil, as ...
11/25/2010 11:33 am Read More
|Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis & Social Change|
By Brian Tokar From Communalism Press in Porsgrunn, Norway
(cover photo by Global Justice Ecology Project’s Orin Langelle taken in Copenhagen at the 2009 UN Climate Talks)
Available now from Amazon.com
To be distributed by AK Press in the US and UK.
List Price: $14.95. Bulk discounts are available via http://www.communalism.net.
The outlook of Climate Justice offers a renewed grassroots response to the climate crisis. This emerging movement is rooted in land-based and urban communities around the world that are already experiencing the impacts of global climate disruptions. Climate Justice highlights the social justice and human rights dimensions of the crisis, while challenging corporate-driven false solutions, and using creative direct action to press for real, systemic changes.
Toward Climate Justice explains the ...
8/19/2010 2:56 pm Read More
|A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency|
Jeff Conant, Global Justice Ecoloy Project's new Media Coordinator, is a writer, educator, and social justice activist with a focus on international development and ecology. As the coordinator and lead author of A Community Guide to Environmental Health (Hesperian Foundation, 2008), he spent most of a decade collaborating with grassroots development initiatives in many countries to develop popular education materials addressed to the needs of under-resourced communities.
Conant represented Global Justice Ecology Project as our Grassroots Media Liaison in Cochabamba, Bolivia this April during the People’s Global Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Jeff helped us with ...
8/17/2010 11:13 am Read More
|Learning from the Ground Up|
The following book was edited in part by Global Justice Ecology Project board member, Dr. Aziz Choudry.
Learning from the Ground Up
Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production
Edited by Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor
The dynamics, politics, and richness of knowledge production in social movements and social activist contexts are often overlooked. This book contends that some of the most radical critiques and understandings about dominant ideologies and power structures, and visions of social change, have emerged from those spaces. Written by authors working closely with diverse social movements, NGOs, and popular mobilizations in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, ...
8/17/2010 10:59 am Read More
|Fighting FTAs, Educating for Action: The Challenges of Building Resistance to Bilateral Free Trade Agreements|
The following article was written by Global Justice Ecology Project board member, Dr. Aziz Choudry.
Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences
JAPSS VOL 2, SPECIAL ISSUENO. 1, AUGUST 2010 Globalization, Development and Education in Africa and Asia/Pacific: Critical Perspectives Guest Editor: Dr. Dip Kapoor, University of Alberta, Canadahttp://www.japss.org/japssaugust2010.html
Click here to download the PDF ...
8/16/2010 1:57 pm Read More
|Wood-based Bioenergy: The Green Lie|
This new report from Global Justice Ecology Project, Global Forest Coalition and BiofuelWatch shows that increased support for the burning of wood to produce energy (bioenergy) is triggering increased logging and expansion of industrial tree plantations in the U.S., Ghana, the Congo, Brazil and West Papua. U.S. plans for large-scale expansion of bioenergy and the U.S. Climate Bill promotion of biochar , combined with the recent USDA approval of a large-scale release of GE trees in the U.S. South, threaten to devastate forests and communities.
Click the link below to read more.
Wood-based Bioenergy: The Green Lie.pdf ...
6/21/2010 11:07 am Read More
|GJEP on What Really Happened in Copenhagen|
Global Justice Ecology Project attended the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December along with allies from all around the world. Global Justice Ecology Project Executive Director Anne Petermann and Co-Director/Strategist Orin Langelle report in this month's issue of Z Magazine (linked below) what happened in Copenhagen and what it means for the future of climate change activism in the U.S. and worldwide. Also included is a link to a 28 minute radio interview of ...
2/17/2010 3:12 am Read More
|Annual Report 2008|
Download our 2008 Annual Report for a description of this past year's endeavours and accomplishments. If you would like us to mail you the printed version of the report, simply contact us with your name and address. 2008 Annual Report.pdf
1/18/2010 1:31 pm Read More
19th January 2010
While REDD proponents and critics often provide lists of conditions that should be met before REDD can go ahead, they rarely conclude that REDD should not go ahead if these conditions are not met. As Simone Lovera explains in "REDD Realities" many of the conditions are ...
1/22/2010 12:58 pm Read More
|Climate Change: Crisis and Challenge|
Download Global Justice Ecology Project's 8 page booklet "Climate Change: Crisis and Challenge" with the PDF below: GJEP climate change statement.pdf
7/22/2009 4:41 am Read More
|GE Trees, Cellulosic Biofuels & Destruction of Forest Biodiversity|
To download a PDF of the Global Justice Ecology Project article on the dangers of genetically engineered trees and cellulosic agrofuels (unsustainably produced biofuels) click the icon below: GE Trees= Cell Eth-comp.pdf
7/22/2009 4:36 am Read More
|Changing the Flow: Water Movements in Latin America|
This 56 page booklet was produced by Food and Water Watch, Red Vida, Transnational Institute, The RPR Network and Other Worlds. (Cover photo: Orin Langelle, Global Justice Ecology Project)It was distributed at the 5th World Water Forum held in Istanbul,Turkey 16-22 March 2009. Water Rights activists blasted the World Water Forum as a "Corporate Trade Show to Promote Privatization."The booklet is comprised of individual and collective stories throughout Latin America. The entire booklet can be downloaded below: ChangingTheFlow-3.pdf
4/21/2009 8:50 am Read More
|Rising Tide Organization's 'False Solutions' Booklet|
This booklet, published by Rising Tide North America gives analysis and critique on the false solutions to climate change being promoted. RT_Booklet.pdf
4/21/2009 8:57 am Read More
|I Believe: 'Change the system, not the climate'|
Cross-posted from the Burlington Free Press
As the polar ice caps melt at an increasingly alarming rate, and rising sea levels threaten billions of people living along the planet’s coastlines, the world’s attention is focused on the upcoming U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen. Many people are asking whether stopping catastrophic climate change is possible.
I believe it is.
I believe this because I am part of the growing international climate-justice movement. This global movement is tackling climate change in three important ways. It is unifying diverse groups, ...
3/18/2011 1:25 pm Read More
|Z Magazine: UN Climate Convention: World Carbon Trade Organization|
UN Climate ConventionBy Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle(from the February edition of Z Magazine)The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) once again failed to take concrete steps to avert the ever-worsening climate crisis at its 14th Conference of the Parties (COP-14), held December 1-12 in Poznan, Poland. This failure has been widely denounced by social movements, climate justice groups, and indigenous peoples organizations that have already begun to organize a mass mobilization around the next Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, scheduled for December 2009.The day before the Poznan meetings began, activists ...
8/13/2009 4:33 am Read More
|Z Magazine: Biodiversity Loses at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity|
One Leap Backwards for Biodiversity, One Giant Step Forward for IndustryBiodiversity loses at UN convention on biodiversityBy Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle(from the July 2008 edition of Z Magazine)The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) emerged, along with its cousin the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), out of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Its mission is ostensibly to recommend solutions to the escalating biodiversity crisis, which is manifesting in the extinctions of hundreds of species every day and which threatens the existence of entire races of people.The CBD was thought to be one of the more approachable ...
8/13/2009 4:34 am Read More
|2007 Annual Report|
Below is Global Justice Ecology Project's fiscal year 2007 Annual Report. 2007AnnualReportWeb.pdf
3/26/2009 2:57 pm Read More
|The True Cost of Agrofuels: Food, Forests, and the Climate|
The True Cost of Agrofuels: Food, Forests and the Climate. The report, co-produced by Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition (GFC), details the impacts of the large-scale production of agrofuels on forests and indigenous peoples around the world.
3/26/2009 3:11 am Read More
|Making a Killing: The Military-Industrial Complex and Impacts on the Third World |
Global Justice Ecology Project board member Aziz Choudry published this article on Toward Freedom on 20 August, 2008.To read the article, please click here.
3/26/2009 3:16 am Read More
|From Meals to Wheels: The Social and Ecological Catastrophe of Biofuels|
A leaflet on the problems with agrofuels (unsustainable biofuels). GJEP-biofuels-comp.pdf
3/26/2009 3:07 am Read More
|Joint Response to UNCBD INF/27 Paper on GE Trees|
Below please find English, Spanish and French versions of the analysis
document produced jointly by organizations involved in the effort to
stop the release of genetically engineered trees through the UN
Biodiversity Convention in Bonn, Germany 19-30 May 2008. Joint_analysis_GET_Bonn.pdf CBD joint analysis spanish.pdf CBD joint letter french_bonn.pdf
3/26/2009 2:39 pm Read More