Life and Dreams of the Perla River Valley: A River that Runs through History

In April, 1998 after most of three years in Chiapas, Mexico, installing drinking water systems in villages supporting the Zapatista struggle, the village I was in, called Taniperla, was invaded and occupied by Mexican military. It happened that, in Taniperla, an artist named Sergio Valdez Ruvalcaba had guided the painting of a mural celebrating villageContinue reading “Life and Dreams of the Perla River Valley: A River that Runs through History”

Planning for Climate Disaster: Resilient Communities Respond

From the latest issue of Race, Poverty & the Environment By Jeff Conant After months of silence on the presidential campaign—preceded by years of denial by big industry—climate change was forced back into the national political conversation last October by Hurricane Sandy, which swept across the northeastern U.S. A New York Times opinion piece entitled,Continue reading “Planning for Climate Disaster: Resilient Communities Respond”

The Dark Side of the “Green Economy”

  By Jeff Conant Photo by Ben Powless. YES! Magazine, August, 2012 — Everywhere you look these days, things are turning green. In Chiapas, Mexico, indigenous farmers are being paid to protect the last vast stretch of rainforest in Mesoamerica. In the Brazilian Amazon, peasant families are given a monthly “green basket” of basic foodContinue reading “The Dark Side of the “Green Economy””

“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?”