Dave Clegern is a Public Information Officer at the California Air Resources Board, a position he’s held since November 2011. In April this year, he appeared on Capital Public Radio promoting REDD. It was only a short news clip, but it’s revealing none the less.
Governors from 22 states have signed the Rio Branco Declaration, committing to reduce deforestation by 80% by 2020. If they receive a guarantee of “adequate, sufficient, and long‐term performance‐based funding”, that is.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed international trade agreement, involving 12 countries and covering a range of topics including intellectual property, the environment and workers’ rights. The TPP has been negotiated in secret for almost four years.
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).
An international delegation of indigenous leaders from Brazil, Mexico and Ecuador is currently in California to oppose California’s proposed carbon offset scheme. The scheme could allow companies in California to meet limits on greenhouse gas emissions by buying carbon credits rather than reducing pollution at home.
On the first day of the Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force meeting that recently took place in Chiapas, local communities asked for a few minutes to speak. Chiapas State Minister of the Environment and Natural History, Fernando Rosas, denied their request and asked them to listen to the meeting.
Villagers from Chiapas protested against REDD and the Green Economy during the Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force meeting this week in Chiapas. Protesters played drums and chanted: “We do not want REDD;” “Here, there, the struggle will continue;” and “Zapata lives, the struggle continues”.