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Fluye el petróleo, sangra la selva

-Graffiti en Quito - Ecuador

Keep the oil in the soil and the coal in the hole

-Conference of Polluters - COP17 - Durban 2011

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California, Don't let Shell Roast the Planet!

Oilwatch International

Statement on Rejecting California REDD
Earth Day, April 22, 2013

Californians are renowned for being environmental savvy so we at Oilwatch International were dismayed to learn that the State of California may let
climate criminals like Shell and Chevron off the hook by including a false
solution to climate change called REDD in its global warming law.


REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) is a
carbon offset scheme whereby polluters use forests and land as supposed
sponges for their pollution instead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at
source.


REDD allows polluters to keep polluting and global warming to get worse. The
State of California's climate change law, AB32, currently includes domestic
REDD offsets, and may soon be broadened to also include international
REDD offsets from countries like Mexico, Brazil and Nigeria.


We denounce the trading of pollution for forests as the worst kind of protection
racket. The State of California has already made a mockery of its efforts to
tackle global warming by using carbon trading and offsets. We ask that
California not add injury to insult by including REDD as well.


While forest dependent communities suffer from carbon offset projects that
grab and exploit their forests as mere carbon sinks, polluters such as Shell
are expanding their operations through a scam that is clearly nothing more
than trading hot air.


Both Californians and the world are harmed by REDD-type projects. For
example, Shell recently purchased 500,000 carbon offsets credits from a
forestry project on over 200,000 acres in Michigan that not only will grant
Shell's refinery in Martinez, California permission to pollute and spew
carcinogens, but will also push the planet further down the road to
catastrophic global warming.

Making forest carbon offsets official policy reproduces the toxic injustice and
environmental racism that plagues low-income communities in the global
North, while exposing vulnerable communities in the global South to flagrant
human rights violations, land grabs, displacement, and destruction of our
biocultural heritage.


We speak from Nigeria, where Shell is a climate criminal and infamous for the
genocide against the Ogoni People. We speak from Ecuador where Chevron
is a climate criminal and trashed the Amazon. We speak from Turtle Island,
where our lands and our peoples have been devastated by dirty energy—from
coal to fracking to flaring to tarsands. We speak from planet Earth, where
fossil fuel civilization has brought the biosphere to the brink of collapse.


Shell's hot air purchases in the USA and abroad portend great danger to
Indigenous Peoples and forest dependent communities across the world.
Trading pollution for forests threatens Indigenous Peoples' rights, resources,
territories and very survival.


Carbon trading and REDD in the California encourage dirty energy industries
to lock in their polluting systems rather than powering down as climate
science demands.


Even the United Nations itself admits that REDD could result in the "lock-up of
forests," "loss of land" and "new risks for the poor.

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We affirm the declaration of the NO REDD in Africa Network that REDD does
not halt deforestation, but rather is emerging as a new form of colonialism,
economic subjugation and a driver of land grabs so massive that they may
constitute a continent grab.


We stand with the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local
Communities on Climate Change against REDD and for Life who denounce
REDD as potentially the biggest land grab of all time with devastating
consequences for Indigenous Peoples in whose lands and territories the
majority of forests are found.


We stand with La Via Campesina, the world's largest peasant farmer
movement that rejects REDD and denounces that it may undermine food
sovereignty, cause hunger and result in a counter-agrarian reform.


We stand with our sisters of the World March of Women who oppose REDD
because they know it could constitute a new form of violence against women.


We affirm the founding principles of Climate Justice Now!, which stipulate that
the root causes of global warming must be tackled now and false solutions not
tolerated.


We affirm the Cochabamba Accord of the Peoples' Summit on Climate
Change which rejects REDD and demands greenhouse gas reductions at
source.


We know California will not be fooled by REDD. Common sense requires that
we end fossil fuel addiction, not let corporations such as Chevron and Shell
continue to profit while setting the planet ablaze.


We don't buy the REDD hype, and neither should the State of California.
Please, for the good of people and planet, reject REDD in California. The
world will thank you.


Ivonne Yanez
Quito:
Oilwatch International

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Nnimmo Bassey
Benin City:
Oilwatch International
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Sent to:


The
Honorable
Jerry
Brown

Governor
of
California

c/o
State
Capitol,
Suite
1173

Sacramento,
CA
95814

c/o:
Clifford
Rechtschaffen,
Senior
Advisor
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Mary
Nichols

Chairman,
California
Air
Resources
Board

1001
I
Street,
Sacramento,
California
95812
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COPIES
TO:
Ashley
Conrad-­‐Saydah

Assistant
Secretary
for
Climate
Policy

California
Environmental
Protection
Agency

1001
I
Street,
Sacramento,
California
95812
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Arsenio
Mataka

Subsecretary
for
Environmental
Justice
and
Tribal 
Affairs

California
Environmental
Protection
Agency

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Street,
Sacramento,
California
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La
Ronda
Bowen

Ombudsman

California
Environmental
Protection
Agency

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Street,
Sacramento,
California
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Jason
A.
Gray

Staff
Counsel,
California
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Resources
Board

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Street,
Sacramento,
California
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