august: friends of the earth campaigners prepare for climate action
At the FoEI workshop, campaigners discussed the possible implications of REDD, and concluded that the inclusion of forests in carbon markets would enable developed countries to avoid real carbon emissions reductions at home. Furthermore, they cautioned that any proposal that increases the financial value of forests may trigger a vast increase in land rights abuse. This could mean a rapid expansion of state or corporate control over forests without regard to the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities.
Indigenous Peoples put forward similar concerns in their official statements at the UN meeting. FoEI campaigners shared some of the outcomes of our skill share with the Indigenous Peoples present, allowing us to find common ground and strengthen our ties with indigenous organizations and representatives.
Campaigners also met with country delegates from their regions, some for the first time, and discussed our concerns about the direction of the talks. This relationship building has since continued at the international and national levels. Furthermore, less experienced campaigners were able to develop their capacity by learning from our more experienced lobbyists.
Despite the climate talks only being an inter-sessional, which are often not considered “media-worthy”, FoEI managed to get extensive media coverage: