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Dec 08, 2010

Nnimmo Bassey collects his 'Right Livelihood Award'

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 08, 2010 12:19 PM

On Monday December 6, Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, was one of four people to be presented with a Right Livelihood Award in the Swedish parliament.

He was awarded the honour for revealing the full ecological and human horrors of oil production and for his inspired work to strengthen the environmental movement in Nigeria and globally.


Watch his acceptance speech here
Find out more about the Right Livelihood Award

World Bank criticized for establishing carbon market fund

by PhilLee — last modified Dec 08, 2010 12:26 PM

News reports indicate World Bank President Robert Zoellick is coming to Cancun tomorrow to announce the establishment of a multi-million dollar fund to promote the creation of carbon markets in developing countries.

Friends of the Earth U.S. Climate Campaigner Karen Orenstein had the following response:


"Carbon markets are an irreparably flawed means of addressing climate change. They are unreliable and subject to fraud, and they open the door to offset loopholes that undermine environmental integrity. They expand Wall Street influence, and they further entrench the economic arrangements that facilitate the North’s over-consumption and are causing the climate crisis in the first place.


"The World Bank’s decision to establish this fund is yet another blemish on its already-soiled social and environmental record. World Bank coal funding hit a record high of $4.4 billion in 2010, and the Bank has a long history of making decisions that have had tremendously harmful impacts on poor countries.”


The World Bank carbon market fund will be discussed at the Friends of the Earth International press conference in the Moon Palace tomorrow afternoon. (It will also be available online here:


Watch a video of FoEI Chair Nnimmo Bassey explaining why we want the World Bank to stay out of any climate agreement.