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December 6, 2013Posted by on
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2013
Reject carbon trading with food
Contacts: Indra Lubis, Via Campesina, SPI, +6281266660561 (Bahasa and English)
Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, +62 812 3724 2271 – Indonesia
+ 1 218 760 0442 – USA
Denpasar, Indonesia – As the WTO struggles to resurrect itself in Bali, protesters denounced what they are calling “REDD Rice” – using GMO rice for the carbon market trading regime – and voiced concerns it could cause land grabs, impoverish peasants and privatize nature.
Over 75 organizations from all over the world including Indonesian groups, launched the No REDD Rice Manifesto to defend this sacred staple crop which feeds billions of people, from the clutches of carbon traders and the WTO.
According to the No REDD Rice Manifesto, “The United Nations, World Bank and fossil fuel polluters like Shell and Chevron and mining company Rio Tinto, have been pushing a carbon trading regime called REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). REDD+ uses agricultural land, soils, forests and tree plantations as sponges for greenhouse gas emissions.”
“Evidence is mounting which indicates that climate polluters want to use rice cultivation as an offset for their pollution instead of reducing emissions at source”, says Tom BK Goldtooth, director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, an international indigenous organization that has been denouncing human rights violations linked to REDD-type projects and carbon forestry.
According to Kartini Samon of GRAIN, “REDD is another form of privatization of our natural resources including land, water, seeds and air. REDD rice will increase land grabbing of farm land all over the world. We really need to fight REDD rice.”
According to Indra Lubis, a La Via Campesina peasant leader from Western Sumatra, “REDD Rice is another neoliberal initiative to make more profit at the cost of famers and poor people.”
The Manifesto notes that “For peasant farmers, REDD+ constitutes a worldwide counter-agrarian reform and perverts the task of growing food into ‘farming carbon.’”
“Climate-ready” seeds and other supposed GMO climate fixes like “REDD Rice” are just more attempts of the biotech industry and agribusiness to deform, patent and control our seeds, grab our fields, privatize our soils and turn us into landless, indentured servants of capitalism,” warned Goldtooth.
Slated for next spring 2014, California may include rice cultivation as carbon offsets in its climate change law known as California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32). The proposed rice cultivation offset protocol will pretend to reduce emissions through a cropland agricultural protocol using for the first time, a BIO-GEO-CHEMICAL model, which supposedly “emulates” soil processes. One of the methods for supposedly cutting emissions is to replace wet seedlings with dry seedlings. This could include growing GMO rice and the use of genetically modified “soil nutrients”.
“Keep our rice safe! No REDD Rice!” chanted a youth of the Taiwan Peasant Union who came to Bali in the spirit of Seattle protests to stop the WTO.
“Rice is Life, a gift of Mother Earth. Indigenous Peoples and peasants do not want our rice paddies or rice beds to be excuses for more pollution, which causes global warming and typhoons”, concluded Goldtooth.
For more information on the No REDD Rice Manifesto: http://no-redd.com
December 6, 2013Posted by on
No WTO! No REDD!
No to using Rice for Carbon Markets!
December 6, 2013 ● Bali, Indonesia
We, the undersigned Indigenous Peoples, peasants, fisherfolks, immigrants, women, youth, cooks and civil society of the world gathered in Bali to protest the WTO, know that rice is a sacred staple crop which feeds billions of peoples worldwide. We, who courageously resist efforts to impose the use of genetically modified so-called “Golden Rice” of Monsanto, now unite to defend rice from being used as a part of capitalism of nature and carbon markets – “REDD Rice”.
Since 2007, the United Nations, World Bank and fossil fuel polluters like Shell and Chevron and mining company Rio Tinto, have been pushing a carbon trading regime called REDD** (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). REDD uses agricultural land, soils, forests and tree plantations as sponges for greenhouse gas emissions. Now these climate polluters want to use rice as an offset for their pollution instead of reducing emissions at source. Market-based solutions for addressing the climate crisis are a false solution.
We do not want our rice paddies or rice beds to be excuses for more pollution which causes global warming and typhoons. For peasant farmers, REDD+ constitutes a worldwide counter-agrarian reform and perverts the task of growing food into “farming carbon.” The UN and northern industrialized countries have introduced other false solutions to climate change such as “Climate-Smart Agriculture”. In Africa, where climate-smart carbon credit projects are being promoted, peasant farmers are starting to resist the use of their lands and soil for carbon sequestration, which is a carbon market scheme of capitalism. These new soil carbon markets are opening the door for more GMO crops and land grabs.
“Climate-ready” seeds and other supposed GMO climate fixes like “REDD Rice” are just more attempts of the biotech industry and agribusiness to deform, patent and control our seeds, grab our fields, privatize our soils and turn us into landless, indentured servants of capitalism.
Slated for next spring 2014, California may include rice cultivation as carbon offsets in its climate change law known as California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32). The proposed rice cultivation offset protocol will pretend to reduce emissions through a cropland agricultural protocol using for the first time, a BIO-GEO-CHEMICAL model, which supposedly “emulates” soil processes. One of the methods for supposedly cutting emissions is to replace wet seedlings with dry seedlings. This will include growing GMO rice and the use of genetically modified “soil nutrients”.
China and California would be working with biotechnology companies that would privatize, patent and sell genes that supposedly allow rice plants to use less fertilizer. As part of economic globalization, this gene-knowledge and rice offsets would be sold to the highest bidder to meet their emissions reduction targets on the emerging global market for carbon credits.
If applied on a massive scale, genetically modified REDD Rice could contaminate rice farmers’ lands and seeds with enormous adverse environmental, social and cultural consequences.
- No to Privatization and Commodification of Rice!
- No WTO of our RICE!
- No WTO of Nature, Food and Life!
- NO REDD Rice!
Honoring our martyrs who have fallen for defending our land and territories, we commit to defend rice as Life and part of our movement for food sovereignty. We oppose using rice as part of the carbon market. We oppose the corporate genetic manipulation of our rice. We oppose the Green “Greed” Economy being pushed by the WTO that privatizes Nature as “environmental goods and services”. Defend our Mother Earth and say NO! to the trading of Life and the air that we breathe and the food that we eat.
**REDD is a global initiative to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests to compensate governments and companies or owners of forests in developing countries not to cut their carbon-rich forests or to reduce their rate of deforestation and forest degradation as a market mechanism to avoid GHG emissions. REDD+ (plus) expands REDD to develop methods for carbon sequestration through forest, wetlands, agricultural systems, soil, carbon stocks, “sustainable management of forests” (logging) and “enhancement of forest carbon stocks” in developing countries. For more information visit www.no-redd.com
No REDD Rice Manifesto Sign-ons
1. Indigenous Environmental Network
2. La Via Campesina – Indonesia, Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI)
3. WAHLI Nasional
4. Indonesian Peoples Alliance – Northern Sumatra
5. GRI – Indonesian Peoples’ Movement
7. JAPI – Indonesia
8. FMN Surabaya
9. Sevalanka Foundation – Sri Lanka
10. South Asia Alliance for Poverty Reduction (SAAPE) – Nepal
11. No REDD in Africa Network
12. Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Climate Change against REDD and for Life
13. Amigos da Terra Brasil
14. JA! Justiça Ambiental/Friends of the Earth – Mozambique
15. Innabuyog – Regional Alliance of Indigenous Women – Cordillera, Philippines
16. Regional Formation of Indigenous Peoples – Kalumaran – Mindanao
17. Gerakan Mahasiswa Nasional (GMN Borneo) – Indonesia, Borneo
18. Fron Mahasiswa Nasional
19. Humanitarian Action – Indonesia
20. Baffel – Indonesia
21. The Rules
22. Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism
24. UE local 255, Vermont, USA
25. SANIPLAN, Baltimore, USA
26. Southwest Workers’ Union, San Antonio, Texas
27. Grassroots International
28. Ironbound Community Corporation, New Jersey, USA
29. Timberwatch, South Africa
30. Carbon Trade Watch
31. COECOCEIBA – Amigos de la Tierra Costa Rica
32. Asociación ANDES, Peru
33. Global Justice Ecology Project
34. Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
35. Dewan Adat Papua
36. Organización Indígena Wayuu Maikiralaasali, Venezuela
37. PUSAKA, Jakarta
38. Censat Agua Viva Colombia
39. Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment’s (IPCCA) REDD+ Working Group
40. Asian Pacific Environmental Network
41. Movement Generation, USA
42. Labor/Community Strategy Center and Bus Riders Union – Los Angeles, USA
43. Food & Water Watch
44. Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nigeria
45. AKSI – gender, social and ecological justice – Indonesia
46. Women Solidarity for Human Rights – Indonesia
47. SPKS : Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (Oil Palm Smallholders Union)
48. WALHI – Central Kalimantan
49. Corner House, UK
50. Just Transition Alliance, USA
51. INDIES, Indonesia
52. WAHLI NTT
54. WAHLI Eknas
55. Agra Indonesia
57. Anak Bayan-USA
59. AKTI – Indonesia
60. Sinak Bayan – Philippines
61. Agra Sulawesi
62. COUREG, Philippines
63. ATKI – Taiwan
64. Sawit Wats
66. RAG – Indonesia
67. ABMM – Hong Kong
68. WAHLI – Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
69. earth in brackets
70. Migrants Rights International (MRI)
71. PKSK – Philippines
72. FIELD -Farmer’s Initiatives for Ecological Livelihoods and Democracy – Indonesia
73. KRUHA – Indonesia
74. Women Health Philippines
75. Taiwan Farmer Union
76. SBMI (Migrant Workers Union)
77. Swarna Hansa Foundation- Sri Lanka
78. Friends of the Earth – Latin America and the Caribbean
December 6, 2013Posted by on
by Edgar Franks, Community to Community
Many times we are asked about what does an alternative to capitalism and free trade look like? Trade has been part of our history and contributes to our human interaction. To be clear, the total elimination of trade is not a solution to modern transnational trade pacts and agreements. However a critique and analysis from the grassroots has
established that trade and neoliberalism is tearing apart the fabric of communities and nations. Capitalism is far too destructive. It can not be reformed because of the economic and environmental crises caused by it’s need for endless growth and consumption.
Now more than ever, we need an economic model that prioritizes the harmony between people and Mother Earth over unsustainable forms of production and accumulation of wealth and resources. We the people from the grassroots not the corporations or corrupt politicians and governments will be determining our own path to an economic model that is designed to respect human dignity.
The second day of convergence at the #EndWTO Week of Action in Bali, focused around what an alternative to Capitalism and Free Trade would look like from a peoples perspective. Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA) released the alternative economy vision statement as the foundational document for the economic justice assembly. The SMAA “Economy for life in our Earth Community” document emphasized social and environmental justice and universal human rights. In this vision of an economy of a new type, the contributions from all sectors will be represented and all people will have a space where they belong in community with others.
“We feel it is important for this gathering to happen because we want to join Gerak Lawan and SMAA in showing everyone that the WTO and other Free Trade Agreements do not benefit farmers, workers, youth or local developing economies,” said Indi Hikam of the Youth Food Movement Caravan. “The WTO is a tool that only benefitted Western Count
ries like the US an European Nations as a form if modern colonialism where important resources are extracted and commodified in a way that destroys emerging local countries.”
The first day of the convergence introduced the history and context of why we are in Bali. The second day focused on visioning an alternative economic vision and a call for social movements to begin practicing alternative models at the local levels of our communities.
No matter the language you speak, the language of struggle is universal. The growing leadership from the grassroots movements in Asia and the global South are leading us into a direction to a world where many worlds can live and have a space. People from the Global South know the serious implications that neoliberalism has caused within their communities and nations. They know that reforming or compromising is a false solution.
This reality has yet to take hold within mainstream society in North America. The oppressed and marginalized of our own country are fighting and struggling with the harmful effects of capitalism. Indigenous people, immigrants, African Americans, working class white people and the LGBT community have been at the forefront of fighting against this exploitative system. Within our own country with all of its wealth, a vast number of people are beginning to recognize that help is not on its way. The only thing we have left is to organize as a way of survival.
Through actions like the #EndWTO Week of Action in Bali, grassroots movements within the US are deepening our alignment with the movements of the Global South. The social movements in Asia are showing us all how to create an alternative economy and world.
November 27, 2013Posted by on
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They say WTO! We Say Hell No! Bali here we come. GGJ is about to be on its way to Bali, Indonesia to support the Asian Social Movements in challenging the corporate guardian World Trade Organization (WTO). For this exciting and historic delegation GGJ built a team of GGJ leaders who will help represent, distribute and advance GGJ’s framing of No War! No Warming! Building an Economy for the People and the Planet! This opportunity will allow us to be a part of and shape ideas on creating a just transition to a new economy. Our plans will advance rights-based community solutions that cool the planet as the real solutions to climate change as we join with other international social movements.
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