climate justice and energy
An overview of what happens when you treat nature as a commodity, who is responsible and why it needs to stop. Also available in French and Spanish on the website of Amis de la Tierre http://www.amisdelaterre.org/Campagne-La-nature-n-est-pas-a.html
How land grabbing in Uganda is affecting the environment, livelihoods and food sovereignty of communities
Friends of the Earth International, January 2011: The Brazilian company Vale is the world’s second largest metals and mining company and one of the largest producers of raw materials globally. Keen to protect its extractive and energy interests, Vale has used its proximity to the Brazilian government (which owns part of the company) to push for industry-driven measures through the UN’s climate negotiations, urging greater financial incentives and less stringent regulations for carbon offsetting.
Amigos da Terra Internacional, Janeiro 2012: A empresa brasileira Vale é a segunda maior em metais e mineração e uma das maiores produtoras de matéria bruta no globo1. A empresa está se expandindo rapidamente2, inclusive na África, onde possui grande interesse em carvão mineral – um dos recursos energéticos mais intensos em carbono. Com o intuito de proteger seus interesses extrativistas e de energia, a Vale tem utilizado sua proximidade com o governo brasileiro (que detém parte da empresa) para pressionar, através das negociações climáticas da ONU, medidas dirigidas às indústrias – instigando maiores incentivos financeiros e medidas reguladoras mais brandas para compensações de emissões.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2011: Community briefing on climate change.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2011: The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) calls itself the “leading voice of the global business community on emissions trading” and represents a range of energy-intensive industries, from Shell to Rio Tinto. It plays an active lobbying role at UN climate talks, pushing for the expansion of carbon trading and to weaken standards under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), currently the main international offset mechanism.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2011: The corporate and elite capture of decision-making at the national level is a key factor underpinning governments’ failure to deliver economic transformation at the scale and speed needed to prevent the Earth’s climate from deteriorating further and avoiding even more dangerous climate tipping points. With this series of case studies, Friends of the Earth International aims to help open a window into the complex and largely hidden world of corporate pressure exerted over national and international climate and environmental policy.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2011: With the launch of a series of briefings, Friends of the Earth International is aiming to help shed light on what we consider to be the central issue underlying a lack of governmental accountability toward ordinary citizens on environmental and sustainability issues. In the area of climate policy and beyond, governmental positions have been increasingly hijacked by narrow corporate interests linked to polluting industries and industries seeking to profit from the climate crisis.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2011: This report was researched by campaigners in Friends of the Earth Australia who visited Indonesia to examine the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership, the world's first large scale REDD pilot project that was set up between Australia and Indonesia.
Friends of the Earth International, December 2011: Changing the system not the climate, at COP17 in Durban and beyond.
Friends of the Earth International, November 2011: Carbon markets briefing. The threat of carbon market expansion at cop 17.
Friends of the Earth International, November 2011: Community Briefing on climate change written in Zulu.
Friends of the Earth International, October 2011: Friends of the Earth International promotes the respect and enforcement of community rights as a means to resist corporate power and create social change. Our member groups around the world are working closely with local communities, demanding a just transition towards sustainable rural and urban societies, in contrast to the current profit-driven, neoliberal paradigm. This report focuses on campaigns that have the defence and enforcement of community rights at the heart of their struggles.
Friends of the Earth International, June 2011: The world bank's role in dirty energy investment and carbon markets.
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, December 2010: Moving on from carbon trading to real climate solutions.