“Peasant Farming Can Cool Down the Earth”: An Interview with Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of Haiti

Source: Climate Connections Made up of 150 organizations in seventy countries, and with more than 200 million members, La Via Campesina holds the claim to being the largest movement of peasant farmers and artisanal food producers in the world. La Via Campesinabrought an international delegation to United Nations COP17 in Durban, South Africa, that includedContinue reading ““Peasant Farming Can Cool Down the Earth”: An Interview with Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of Haiti”

“Our Struggle is for the Permanence of Agriculture”: Interview with Alberto Gomez of La Via Campesina, Durban South Africa

While in Durban, South Africa for UNCOP17, I conducted several interviews with members of La Via Campesina. This one, with Alberto Gomez, of UNORCA in Mexico, was posted on the home page of La Via: have a look: “Our Struggle is for the Permanence of Agriculture”: Interview with Alberto Gomez of La Via Campesina  

After COP17….

Between November 28 and December 12, I attended the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP17) in Durban, South Africa, where I played a multitude of roles: Primarily I was there as the Comunications Director for Global Justice Ecology Project.  In that capacity, I also coordinated the media work for Global Forest Coalition, and liaisedContinue reading “After COP17….”

“Cap and Trade Will Fail”: An Interview with Alegria de la Cruz of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment

Alegria de la Cruz is the Legal Director for San Francisco-based Center On Race, Poverty and the Environment (CRPE). Along with Oakland-based Communities for a Better for Environment (CBE), CRPE launched a lawsuit in early 2010 against the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to challenge the Cap and Trade provisions in AB32, California’s Global WarmingContinue reading ““Cap and Trade Will Fail”: An Interview with Alegria de la Cruz of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment”

This is What a Popular Uprising Looks Like, America. Get used to it.

Some Thoughts on the Oakland streets, the Day After November 2, 2011 – Jeff Conant After the day of mass action in Oakland on Wednesday, when anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 people hit the streets to demand economic justice by shuttering the big banks and blockading the nation’s fifth largest port, the media, not surprisingly,Continue reading “This is What a Popular Uprising Looks Like, America. Get used to it.”

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. By Jeff Conant (from the Autumn, 2011 issue of Earth Island Journal) In Mayan cosmology, the ceiba tree, with its elephantine, silver-grey trunk that towers above the jungle, is the tree of life, shoring upContinue reading “Do Trees Grow on Money?”

Turning the Lacandon Jungle Over to the Carbon Market

By Jeff Conant Published in Z Magazine In A Land to Plant Dreams, historian Yan de Vos describes the history of the Lacandon jungle of Chiapas as a series of dreams that have obsessed and overtaken those who come upon this remote mountain rainforest in the southeastern corner of Mexico. A jungle so dense andContinue reading “Turning the Lacandon Jungle Over to the Carbon Market”

Outsourcing Global Warming Solutions

By Jeff Conant, cross-posted from Race, Poverty and the Environment When the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32, came to a grinding halt due to San Francisco Superior Court’s March 17, 2011 ruling that it violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), it came as a shock to industry and environmentalists alike. ItContinue reading “Outsourcing Global Warming Solutions”

Why Market-Based ‘Solutions’ to Climate Change Can Cause More Harm Than Good

 by Jeff Conant Cross-posted from Alternet June 8, 2011  | When I learned last November that California’s then-governor Schwarzenegger had signed agreements to build a carbon offset protocol into California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) (see AlterNet’s coverage here and here), and that one of these agreements was with the state of Chiapas, Mexico, whereContinue reading “Why Market-Based ‘Solutions’ to Climate Change Can Cause More Harm Than Good”

In Blow to Big Polluters, Judge Halts California’s Cap and Trade Program

— by Jeff Conant Cross-posted from Alternet May 23, 2011, San Francisco — San Francisco’s Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment (CRPE) announced today that it received the judge’s writ in its lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The writ gives the green light to most of the policies advanced under AB32,Continue reading “In Blow to Big Polluters, Judge Halts California’s Cap and Trade Program”