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”

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?”

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”

“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””

Declaration of Patihuitz: Divided We Become Allies of the Government

Members of Global Justice Ecology Project traveled in late March to Chiapas, Mexico, to investigate the emerging local impacts of the REDD+ Program (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), and specifically the REDD Agreement signed between Chiapas and California. What we found was an astonishingly complex web of economic development projects being imposed onContinue reading “Declaration of Patihuitz: Divided We Become Allies of the Government”

Massive UN-Supported African Palm Plantations Leading to Oppression, Kidnapping and Murder

http://www.alternet.org/story/149778/ Since the 2009 coup that overthrew the government of President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, the countryside of the lower Aguan Valley, a long embattled region and one of Central America’s richest agricultural areas, has undergone a brutal rash of kidnappings, murders, detentions and intimidation. The region has been long marked by conflicts over landContinue reading “Massive UN-Supported African Palm Plantations Leading to Oppression, Kidnapping and Murder”