As an alliance of indigenous peoples and forest dependent communities observing COP 17 remarked, the UN carbon market program known as REDD was devised by and for transnational corporations and the states they’ve corrupted into promoting earlier anti-democratic agreements like NAFTA. Placing one’s hope in REDD, concludes the alliance, makes no sense; it allows the worst polluters in the world to increase their emissions, while simultaneously transferring control of indigenous peoples’ territories to the WTO, IMF and World Bank. Who in their right mind would support such an insane proposal?
Unfortunately, powerful NGOs — already in bed with corporate derivative benefactors — have lined up with Wall Street and the carbon cartel in order to continue feeding at the philanthropic gravy train. With friends like that, who needs enemies?
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here