“Instead of cutting CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, the UN, the US, the EU, China, Norway and climate criminals like BP, Total, Shell, Chevron, Air France and BHP Billiton are pushing a false solution to climate change called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). REDD is a carbon offset mechanism which privatizes the air that we breathe and uses forests, agriculture and water ecosystems in the Global South as sponges for industrialized countries pollution, instead of cutting emissions at source. REDD brings trees, soil, and nature into a commodity trading system that may result in the largest land grab in history. It steals your future, lets polluters off the hook and is a new form of colonialism. NO to Privatization of Nature!”
Tom Goldtooth, IEN Executive Director
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change brought together negotiators from nearly 200 countries at its 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru. Held Dec. 1-12, the summit was called to make progress on establishing a global agreement addressing climate change, with the final deal to be decided next year in Paris.