[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Indigenous people unveil 'false solutions' to climate change
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Mon Apr 20 21:30:54 BST 2009
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Subject: NEW: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' GUIDE "False Solutions To Climate
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 12:54:05 -0700
From: EARTH PEOPLES <earthpeoples at earthpeoples.org>
LAUNCH of the INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' GUIDE "False Solutions To Climate Change"
Our planet is heating up at an alarmingrate, threatening our very
survival. What needs to be done is simple: Thepollution and destruction
of Earth must be stopped immediately. But instead,there is a lot of
greed, false solutions and lies about how to save our future.It seems
that leaders of the world are more concerned about making money
thansolving the climate crisis.
This is a quick guide to the truth about false solutions to climate
change. These market-basedscams allow polluters to avoid reducing their
pollution, continue to destroynature and make millions while they are at
it. The United Nations, the WorldBank, industry, multinationals,
governments and even some NGOs promote thisclimate fraud. Could it be
that crimes against humanity and the planet arebeing committed and
Butwhat does all this have to do with Indigenous Peoples?
Unfortunately, most of these falsesolutions are violating not only the
law of nature but also Indigenous Peoples'rights. Many of these
so-called "solutions" to Climate Change are grabbingIndigenous Peoples
land and devastating our planet. Indigenous Peoples need toknow what's
going on so that they fight back.
"Capitalismis in deep crisis, but it still has a green card to play.
Rather than takingeffective action against climate change - which would
mean a radical reductionof industrialized countries' emissions and
questioning the forced growthof the capitalist system itself - they are
reaping mega profits from biofuelsand carbon trading. These market
mechanisms and techno fixes will be a disasterfor the poor, and will
result in a new form of colonialism. They are alreadyprivatizing the
atmosphere and subsidizing enormous corporate land grabs ofpeoples'
lands and forests in the Global South. Instead of business asusual,
emissions must be drasticallyreduced, which means that fossil fuels must
stay in the ground." Oliver Demarcellus, Youth ClimateAdvocate
Three Types of FalseSolutions:
The Carbon Market buys and sells permits to pollute called
"carboncredits". It claims to solve the climate crisis but really just
allowspolluters to buy their way out of reducing their emissions.
Thismultibillion-dollar pollution trading mechanism privatizes the air
andcommodifies the atmosphere. The International Indigenous Peoples'
Forum onClimate Change opposes the carbon market. "We cannot condone
activities that defile the sacredness of Mother Earth.Carbon
trade-induced conflicts.endanger our survival." Northern polluters can
also get permits to pollute through projects inthe South like a dam or a
tree plantation under the Clean DevelopmentMechanism (CDM). The
InternationalIndigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change calls the CDM
"a new form of colonialism." Permits to pollute could also soon be
generated by promising not to cutdown forests and plantations that
absorb pollution. This is called ReducingEmissions from Deforestation
and Degradation (REDD). The InternationalIndigenous Peoples' Forum on
Climate Change says "REDD will not benefit Indigenous Peoples, but in
fact,will result in moreviolations of Indigenous Peoples'
Rights.UnderREDD, States and Carbon Traders will take more control over
Dirty "Clean" Energy (NuclearEnergy, "Clean" Coal, Natural Gas, Dams,
Agrofuels and Hydrogen) - What got us into this mess inthe first place
is certainly not what's going to get us out! Fossil fuels andother
energy sources that cause environmental devastation and violate human
rightsare being green-washed, labeled "clean" and wrongly called
solutions to climatechange. Indigenous Peoples worldwide have suffered
from nuclear energy andnuclear testing, fossil fuel extraction, big dams
and plantations. Now comes more destruction in thename of saving the
Playing God - Let's dump tons of iron filings in the ocean, spraythe
stratosphere with banned sulfates, genetically modify trees and wrap
thedeserts in white plastic! Is that a way to save your children's
future? Crazyschemes that sound like comic book science fiction are
being implemented tosell permits to pollute and to try to modify the
weather. Needless to say, these climate change mitigationstrategies
corrupt the sacred.
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