Audio: Geoengineering on a Global Scale

In our conversation with Silvia Ribeiro, Latin American Director for ETC Group, we discuss geoengineering, the radical techno-fix to climate change. Geoengineering comprises dangerous attempts to alter climate on a global scale. Environmental groups are concerned with the unknown dangers of geoengineering, including its disproportionate risk to countries and people least responsible for global warming in the first place.

Interview by Steve Taylor, Press Secretary of Global Justice Ecology Project.

GJEP Supports Farmers Protesting in India

Canadian Labour, Civil Society Groups Express Solidarity With Protesting Farmers

“The farmers are literally sacrificing their well-being and putting their lives on the line to uphold these constitutional guarantees on behalf of all the people of India and are setting a glorious example to the entire world.”

The Wire 28 February 2021

New Delhi: A group of labour, community and civil society organisations from Canada and elsewhere have issued a statement supporting protesting farmers in India.

“These laws were drafted without any consultation with farmers or their representatives, the farmers’ unions. The farmers have consistently opposed these laws, which go against the promises and commitments made to farmers by different governments over several decades,” the statement reads.

The organisations argue that the contentious farm laws openly benefit big corporates and harm farmers. However, instead of responding to farmers demands, “The government and its propaganda machines…have concentrated not on finding solutions but on delegitimizing the protests and all who support them as representing special interests (large and rich farmers) in prosperous states.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” the statement continues.

To read the full article visit The Wire

New Friends of the Earth International Report Unpacks the Science Behind “Net Zero” Claims

Chasing Carbon Unicorns: The deception of carbon markets and “net zero”

Friends of the Earth International 22 February 2021

Powerful actors are using “net zero” pledges to hide their climate inaction. Stopping the climate crisis requires us to stop burning fossil fuels – no magical thinking will solve this problem, just immediate action and system change. But transnational corporations and governments are hiding behind the “net” in “net zero” – claiming that they just need to pay someone else to remove carbon, through carbon offsetting, rather than taking action on their own.

This report unpacks the science behind “net zero” claims and how they are used to obscure climate inaction. It explores the new strategies to expand carbon offset markets, linked with new “net zero” demand for offsets. It also explains the roles played by various actors involved in the effort to “make offsetting great again”. These include less obvious players such as a few large mainstream conservation organisations, as well as the more obvious ones: the banks, the finance industry, and corporate interests behind maintaining the status quo of fossil fuel production and consumption.

“Net zero” means that fossil fuel companies can continue to explore, drill, extract, and burn fossil fuels, while someone somewhere else sucks carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, magically balancing out emissions. But whose land, whose forests will be used to suck that carbon out? Fossil futures require carbon unicorns. 

The area of land required to sequester just 2 Gt CO2 through ecosystem restoration is estimated at 678 million hectares – about twice the land area of the country of India. Communities in the global south are already facing huge land and resource grabs, loss of livelihoods, and violations of their territorial rights. 

“Net zero” targets need to be transformed into Real Zero targets, including a complete phase-out of fossil fuels and industrial agriculture, keeping equity in mind, and support for rights for communities whose livelihoods are dependent on those ecosystems. 

Download the full report here:

The World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s Latest REDD Scam

Indigenous Peoples and allies at the UN Climate Conference in Bali, Indonesia protest the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the related UN REDD Program (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). (2007)

The World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s latest hot air scam: Retroactive credits

Originally posted on REDD-Monitor by Chris Lang

18 February 2021

The World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility recently changed its rules to allow governments to sell REDD credits from their Emissions Reductions Programmes before the programmes even started. The FCPF has decided that credits can be back-dated to 1 January 2016.

A presentation at the most recent Carbon Fund meeting in November 2020 explains that several REDD countries asked the FCPF for this change:

Retroactive credits

Predictably, the Bank doesn’t mention that the FCPF’s Carbon Fund will now be handing over millions of dollars to governments that have done absolutely nothing to reduce emissions.

To read the full article visit REDD-Monitor

188 Environmental Groups Call for an end to Single Use Products

188 Environmental Groups Call for an end to Single Use Products, as the United Nations Environment Assembly gets set to discuss sustainability

Canopy News 17 February 2021

For Immediate Release: February 17, 2021 – As government representatives from 193 countries prepare to discuss “Strengthening Actions for Nature”[1], 188 environmental groups from around the world are calling on them to change the systems that support production of polluting single-use products.

The environmental groups today issued a joint position paper “From Single Use to Systems Change”, to highlight the massive impact that disposable products are having on the natural environment, wildlife, human health, and vulnerable communities.

Single use products, from packaging to food containers, to disposable cups and cutlery, are a key contributor to the 2 billion tonnes of waste that humans produce every year. That number is projected to increase 70% by 2050.

“We’re depleting the very life support systems that we all need to survive, simply for the supposed convenience of single-use products,” said Tamara Stark, Campaigns Director of Canopy, one of the authoring organizations of the joint position paper. “Doing away with disposables will not only reduce waste but help address climate change, protect forests, and stop microplastics from poisoning marine life.”

To read the full press release visit Canopy News