An interview with Rita Uwaka, Friends of the Earth Nigeria By Jeff Conant, Senior International Forest Program Manager, Friends of the Earth U.S. Rita Uwaka is an environmental, social and gender justice activist with Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria and Coordinator of the Forest & Biodiversity program at Friends of the Earth Africa.Continue reading “Gender justice, climate justice and the abuses of the industrial plantation model in Africa”
This interview I recently conducted is cross-posted at Climate Connections — Jeff Conant Nnimmo Bassey, the Chair of Friends of the Earth International and Director of the Nigerian organization Environmental Rights Action is a poet, architect, activist, and tireless spokesperson for human and environmental rights. I’ve known Nnimmo since 2005 or so, when he served as aContinue reading “Interview with Nnimmo Bassey from COP 16, Cancun”
Cross-posted from Global Exchange At COP 16 this week, the tone has been tense and difficult, both inside the negotiations at Cancun’s opulent Moon Palace, and on the margins where social movements, NGO’s, and indigenous peoples’ groups have gathered to raise their voices in opposition to the increasingly crushing decisions of global elites. After lastContinue reading “Menagerie in Cancun: Of Snakes, Rats, and a Trojan Horse”
My most recent piece on Alternet: an interview with Jim Thomas of ETC Group, who has just published a new report on the emerging bioeconomy. — Jeff C. The quest to replace black fuels with green fuels is just another resource and land grab by big corporations. While there is no doubt that we needContinue reading “Biofuels Fallacy: Why Burning Plants Instead of Fossil Fuels Won’t Save the Climate”
By Jeff Conant, AlterNet With the pending expiration of the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period in 2012, the widely decried failure of last year’s climate talks in Copenhagen, and the next set of U.N. climate negotiations to take place in Cancun, Mexico in less than six weeks, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), meetingContinue reading “The Doomsday Machine and the Race to Save the World: Geoengineering Emerges as Plan B at the 11th Hour”
Buffalo, New York is the quintessential rust belt metropolis. With a population lower today than it was in 1900, Buffalo is the third poorest U.S. city of over 250,000 people (following Detroit and Cleveland), with more than a quarter of the city living below the poverty line. And, like Detroit and Cleveland, even as Buffalo’s job market hits rock bottom, its share of community gardens, neighborhood revitalization projects, and adventurous urban initiatives, is on the rise.