World Rainforest Movement




WRM bulletins

Issue 136 – November 2008

CLIMATE CHANGE

While in the meeting rooms of the Convention on Climate Change there is talk of complex and convoluted formulas and instruments to “sell” emissions and “compensate” for pollution – so that the major interests of oil, mining and logging companies and of large capital assets do not suffer – in the real world the people are taking action.

Any struggle for protecting forests is an action in favour of the climate; any opposition to polluting and destructive megaprojects is an action in favour of the climate; any complaint against projects affecting nature is an action in favour of the climate.

The articles included in this bulletin describe very diverse realities and situations, but all of them, without exception, have a link with climate protection. In spite of this fact, what communities receive is not applause but repression and, in the best of cases, disregard.

It is time for the Climate Change Convention to look at the right side, the side of those who are in fact acting in favour of the climate. It has the responsibility to do so.

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OUR VIEWPOINT

WHAT THE CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE DOES NOT SEE

WRM'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEBATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE