Climate and environment

The Resolution Copper Land Grab: How Environmental NGO’s expand Green Capitalism – from the Desert Water Grab blog

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A devastating study of the contributions by environmental NGOs to justifying and greasing the wheels of major land and water grabs in the interests of industry. The article also critically explains the mechanisms of environmental marketization — such as ecosystems services and offsetting — that create speculative markets from ecological and climate crisis. Based on a close analysis of the Oak Flat land grab, this piece and the entire blog delve deeply into the crisis in the South West as an experimental grounds for opening up “water markets”. Links here to key bibliography on green capitalism.

Offsetting Resistance: The effects of foundation funding from the Great Bear Rainforest to the Athabasca River – Macdonald Stainsby and Dru Oja Jay

A study of hoScreen Shot 2017-01-24 at 3.06.00 PMw environmental NGO’s  collaborate with large American foundations, government and industry to concentrate decision-making power concerning anti-tar sands campaigns.  This is a detailed examination of the role of ForestEthics and other Environmental NGOs in the Great Bear Rainforest deal and in the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy. From there, it reveals the hidden structures behind the emerging “North American Tar Sands Coalition,” which seeks to keeps its decision-making body “invisible to the outside,” while funnelling millions of dollars to its preferred groups — to the potential detriment and sidelining of community organizers across North America.  full report HERE

The 2º Death Dance – The 1º Cover-up – Cory Morningstar

The role of western NGO’s in undermining the 1ºC and engineering the  2ºC temperature rise “target,” which is the only limit in the text of the ‘noted’ Copenhagen Accord, may well be one of the least understood cover-ups in history.

The Most Important COP Briefing that no one Ever Heard – Truth, Lies, Racism, Omnicide – Cory Morningstar

This article chronicles the ways that western environmental NGO’s (lead by Avaaz and 350.org) sabotaged Bolivia, the G77 (developing nations from the global South) and the Small Island States at COP 15 in 2009. “Consider the vulgarity of this following fact. One percent of Earth’s citizens are creating 50% of the global GHG emissions. This means that 99% of the non-profit industrial complex and those they protect, in others words, most all those attending the United Nations Conferences on behalf of the wealthy states, are the very ones demanding they be allowed to continue unprecedented gluttony. In the opposite corner, we have Bolivia, many of the African states, and ALBA states – a collective of the poorest people on the planet (in a monetary sense), whose emissions are almost irrelevant – pleading with us to live within reason, simply so they can live at all.”

Also see 350.org: Agent Saboteur where the author details the ways 350.org tried to sabotage the People’s Agreement of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in 22 April 2010, Cochabamba, Bolivia.  Because 350 ppm is a death sentence for coral reefs, small island developing states, and billions of people living along low lying coastlines (and this is the official position of the Small Island States and Bolivia), 350.org was asked to change their name and logo; they refused. The People’s Agreement uses 280ppm and 1 degree Celsius as the limit demands in averting ecocide.

One of the most important articles Climate Campaigners will ever read… – Cory Morningstar

A deeper look behind the environmental lobby; who is TckTckTck; the architecture of a global sell-out by environmental NGO’s

Capitalism in Wonderland – Brett Clark, John Bellamy Foster and Richard York

A review and analysis of the influence of economists upon climate change discussions and policies. It focuses especially on the impact of the ideas of economist William Nordhaus, who has opposed any drastic reductions in greenhouse gases, arguing instead that a slow process of emissions reduction would be more economically justifiable. The article explains and critiques what has emerged as the market-based response to climate change and the green capitalist technological fix. This is helpful also in understanding and debunking the calculative logics we see operating not only in REDD and carbon trade schemes, but in a more generalized response to the crises of capitalism. Too often the mainstream environmental movement has not only failed to resist the normalization of this logic, but has worked in ways that reproduce it in the interest of market-based profits.

Elvis Mitchell interviews Lumumba Di-Aping

Discussing the economics of carbon and the ways the Western nations continue to subordinate the Global South in developing market-based “solutions” to climate change. He also reminds us that in Africa climate change has already been a source of enormous suffering; in Rwanda, Southern Sudan and in Darfour.