Carbon Trading – Why few gain and many lose?
Venue: The Biofuel Room Time: Thursday 6th December, 20.00 - 21.30pm
Durban Group for Climate Justice Press conference Friday, 7 December 2007 13:00 – 13:30 VENUE: NGO press conference room WIND at the Grand Hyatt Durban Group for Climate Justice Side Event Thursday, 6 December 2007 20.00 – 21.30 VENUE: The BIOFUEL room at the Grand Hyatt “We’re learning by doing” is the explanation UN and government officials and carbon brokers offer to explain their continuing failures to make carbon markets work. But what is really happening? Is it “learning by doing” or “doing without learning”? The carbon markets promoted by the Kyoto Protocol and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme have had many detrimental effects on communities and the climate. Researchers and activists from the Durban Group for Climate Justice will be on hand Friday to help take stock of the real lessons of the past 10 years. Larry Lohmann, editor of Carbon Trading. Critical Conversation on Climate Change, Privatisation and Power will highlight winners and victims of carbon trading. Ovi Ferahsofa of the Civil Society Forum will present the Indonesian Civil Society Call for Climate Justice. Ana Filipini of the World Rainforest Movement will show that if failures of past efforts to address deforestation are not to be repeated, current proposals to ‘reduce emissions from deforestation (and degradation)’ (‘RED(D)’) must understand that the value of forests goes beyond their carbon storage properties. The outcome of the climate talks will have enormous implications for the livelihoods of the hundreds of millions of forest peoples and forest dependent communities because deforestation is not a technical but a political problem. Halting forest loss will require more than additional financial inputs – it will require a different set of policies and the will to implement them. Ivonne Yanez of OILWATCH will present the Ecuadorian civil society vision of a simple but radical proposal to keep oil in the ground as a unique means of avoiding new emissions, avoid the devastating impacts of unbridled fossil fuel extraction and consumption and move beyond the focus on the false solution of carbon trading. The Yasuni/ITT proposal, named after an oil concession block in the Yasuni National Park at the center of this controversial idea, is an example of the kind of concrete plans put forward by Southern communities to reduce greenhouse gases while promoting the transition to a post-oil era. Tamra Gilberton and Jutta Kill will present case studies from India, the ‘Wild West’ of the carbon market. Findings from field visits to communities affected by CDM registered projects in Maharashtra, Uttaranchal and Chhattisgarh will highlight the serious flaws in the concept of offsetting. Looking beyond the glossy veneer of the brochures of carbon brokers the speakers will reveal the inconvenient truth of the Criminal Development Mechanism. Speakers and colleagues from Indonesia, South Africa, US, Uruguay, Uganda, Spain, UK and India are available for more information on the reality of carbon offset projects in the South.
- Larry Lohmann: larrylohmann[at]gn.apc.org
- Tamra Gilbertson: tamra[at]tni.org +628174779110
- Trusha Reddy: treddy[at]iss.africa.org
- Ana Filippini: anafili[at]wrm.org.uy
- Jutta Kill: jutta[at]fern.org +62 81936183387
- Yvonne Yanez: sudamerica[at]oilwatch.org +62 81936183386
- Anna Pinto: anarchive.anon[at]gmail.com
- Kevin Smith: Kevin[at]carbontradewatch.org +62 81908585266
- Ovi Farah Sofa: +62 811194773 Download Carbon Trading. Critical Conversation on Climate Change, Privatisation and Power or contact the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation for free hard copies. Exhibition – “Offsets in India – Communities Confronting Carbon Colonialism”, A photo-essay in the exhibition space.