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Critical Insights from Indigenous Peoples in and around UNCOP17

In this article I wrote for Earth Island Journal earlier this year detailing the fatal flaws of the climate mitigation scheme known as REDD (for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), I quoted World Bank President Robert Zoellick as calling REDD,…
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by: Jeff Conant – December 2, 2011

A View of the UN Climate Talks in Durban, South Africa

Of Elephants and Blind Men and Noah’s Ark and Elephants Again

Like the parable of the three blind men coming upon an elephant and determining, each on his own, that this thing before them is a tree trunk, or an enormous boulder, or a thick scaly snake, one’s perspective on the events here…
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by: Jeff Conant – November 28, 2011

Do Trees Grow on Money?

A UN-Backed Plan to Address Climate Change by Slowing Deforestation Sounds Like a Good Idea. Unless You Live in the Forest.

In Mayan cosmology, the ceiba tree, with its elephantine, silver-grey trunk that towers above the jungle, is the tree of life, shoring up the corners of the sky and sending its roots deep into the underworld. In the centuries following the conquest of the New World, Mayans by the thousands were forced to work in monterias, or timber camps, and the ancestral role of the ceiba as a bridge between the world…
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by: Jeff Conant – Autumn 2011

Not a Drop To Drink

The Lerma Santiago River Is One of the Most Contaminated Waterways in Mexico. So Why Do Government Officials Want People to Drink It?

Marco Von BorstelA thick foam chokes the El Salto Falls outside Guadalajara. “What was once a river of life has become a river of death,” a local resident says. The Rio Lerma Santiago, Mexico’s second longest river, begins at 10,000 feet above sea level in Mexico’s central plateau, and is known as the Rio Lerma until it empties into Lake Chapala, near Guadalajara. From there, it resumes its course as the Rio…
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by: Jeff Conant – Autumn 2009

For Money or for Life

World activists work for water security and human rights.

Langelle/Global Justice Ecology Project PhotoThe water march in Mexico City, March 16, 2006 Until January, 2005, a local subsidiary of the transnational water giant Suez held a contract in El Alto, Bolivia that guaranteed the company a 13 percent profit while leaving 200,000 people in El Alto without access to water. The contract also left countless others unable to afford the US$435 connection fees (almost eight times the monthly minimum wage). After…
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by: Jeff Conant – June 2006

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