Climate Advisers is a Washington-based think tank. As an anonymous Guest Post on REDD-Monitor revealed last week, it’s the think tank behind the New York Declaration on forests, set to be launched at the UN Climate Summit in New York next week.
PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ) is an Indonesian palm oil company, that is clearing forest in West Papua to make way for an oil palm plantation. George Tahija is a commissioner of PT ANJ and a member of both The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Indonesia Chapter Advisory Board and the TNC Asia Pacific Council.
“If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.” That’s the slogan of the Fossil Free Movement, a campaign started by Bill McKibben and 350.org to persuade “educational and religious institutions, city and state governments, and other institutions that serve the public good” to divest from fossil fuels.
On 13 September 2007, the Indonesian Government adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Five years later, Survival International announced that “Indonesia treats its indigenous and tribal people, especially in West Papua, worse than any other country in the world.” What went wrong?
“It would be better if we’d never heard of SPVS in this region,” says a farmer in Guaraqueçaba in southeastern Brazil, referring to Brazilian NGO Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educacao Ambiemental. SPVS is the local organisation that The Nature Conservancy hired to run its carbon project.