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”.
Dan Nepstad is Director of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). For decades he has studied land use, forest, fire and climate, focussing on the Amazon. He is dedicated to saving the Amazon rainforest. So why on earth is he accusing Greenpeace of threatening climate change mitigation and tropical forests?
A new report by Greenpeace critiques the Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force for its promotion of REDD as a sub-national offset mechanism, that will allow pollution in California to continue.