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”

Apartheid Housing Posed as Solution to Climate Vulnerability in Chiapas

Upside Down World recently published this article/interview I conducted on the “Sustainable Rural Cities” of Chiapas, with photos by colleague Orin Langelle Friday, 13 May 2011 Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state, with the country’s largest indigenous population, has always been extremely vulnerable to volatile climate events. High levels of hunger and marginalization are exacerbated almost annuallyContinue reading “Apartheid Housing Posed as Solution to Climate Vulnerability in Chiapas”

Hanoi Diary 2: Witness the Revolution; Welcome to the Machine

Hanoi, Vietnam, April 29 At the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution, in Hanoi, you are encouraged to follow the course of Vietnamese history from the thirteenth century to the present. Every museum offers a particular narrative, a story that is in the interests of those who arranged the objects there. In some, the story mayContinue reading “Hanoi Diary 2: Witness the Revolution; Welcome to the Machine”

‘Landmark’ Global Warming Bill Outsources Solutions, Putting the Burden on Poor Communities in California and Mexico

By Jeff Conant Cross-posted from Alternet Amador Hernández, Chiapas. Photo: Orin Langelle 4.21.2011 — California leads the United States in energy efficiency, and is often hailed as a global beacon of environmental protection; at the same time, it is the 12th largest emitter of carbon dioxide worldwide, making the state a significant driver of climateContinue reading “‘Landmark’ Global Warming Bill Outsources Solutions, Putting the Burden on Poor Communities in California and Mexico”

“If I go around selling someone else’s home out from under him, well, he’s going to get angry”

Santiago Martinez collecting medicinal plants Photo; Jeff Conant An Interview with Santiago Martinez of Amador Hernández, Chiapas Santiago Martinez is a community health worker from the village of Amador Hernández in the Lacandon jungle of Chiapas, Mexico. Amador Hernández, a village of about 1500 people, sits at the biological center of the Montes Azules BiosphereContinue reading ““If I go around selling someone else’s home out from under him, well, he’s going to get angry””