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No REDD Rice Manifesto

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 No-REDD-Rice-2-weband 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. Read more of this post

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Resistance! and other alternatives: WSF Climate Space kicks off

Wednesday kicked off the WSF Climate Space anchored by GGJ and framed by organizers, trade unions, faith communities, indigenous people, women, and others. The morning’s first session set the tone for connecting environmental struggles to the siloed social struggles we face and organize against daily. The global group of panelists made it clear that the climate crisis was not going to be solved in a UN space, but rather in popular spaces such as this one where ideas could be put forth and contested to forge a new way forward.

Participants attending the first session in the Climate Space

Participants attending the first session in the Climate Space

The session focused on the invisible communities left unseen to international forces and neoliberal agendas, such as the peasants, bus riders, indigenous communities, poor and landless people that are on the frontlines of the falsely created tension between the environment and the economy. These are often the communities that are offered false solutions that provide quick fixes rather than transformation and building towards a broader movement based on dignity and justice. The panelists stressed the complexity of the issues and the forces we face, but more so a need for collective strategy and direction, which includes challenging these false solutions as well as creating our own real alternatives. Read more of this post

Vandana Shiva “The Earth is the Biggest Employer”

Check out the video: Vandana Shiva – “The Earth is the Biggest Employer

I was inspired yesterday by Vandana Shiva at the People Summit.  I only caught part of her speech where she states that “the earth is the biggest employer” and not the corporate profit structure that influences our global food systems.

In her presentation she discussed the role of the climate injustice, false green economy, small farmers, contradictions to patents of life, impacts of GMO’s, occupy movement and taking back the land for urban agriculture as well as community rights to the land.

Check out the video: Vandana Shiva – “The Earth is the Biggest Employer

Ironically, I had planned to go to another presentation on zero waste with GGJ comrades but I heard a familiar voice speaking-English while walking past the tent structures where the presentations were being held.  Over one hundred people were attentively listening to her presentation.  Over three fourths of the crowd had translation equipment.

She got a standing ovation after her speech.   While everyone clapped I navigated through the crowd of Portugese voices trying to pick up familiar words that sounds like Spanish and eventually I was the third person in line to greet her.  I greeted her with warm eyes and with solutions in my heart and asked her had she heard about the food justice work in the Bay Area.  She said, “yes, you all are doing amazing work”.  We smiled together and then I asked her did she hear about the occupation of Gill Tract in Berkeley, which called attention to the need for direct action to take back the land.  She said, “I heard about it but send me more information”.  She gave me a giant motherly hug and I thanked her for presentation.

I wish I got a picture with her but maybe I’ll catch up with her on the streets marching for climate justice and protecting the people and the planet.