Climate & Environment


Larry Lohmann*

First published in Red Pepper, August 2007


Forget, for a moment, the Kyoto Protocol and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Leave aside the burgeoning carbon "offset" business. If you're looking for real progress on climate change, your time might be better spent paying a visit to a couple of coastal towns in Southern Thailand.

Agroenergy: Myths and Impacts in Latin America
Pastoral Land Commission
Network for Social Justice and Human Rights

Recent studies on the negative impacts of fossil fuels have contributed to agrofuels becoming one of the most important issues of the day.
Currently, the global energy matrix is composed of petroleum (35%), coal (23%), and natural gas (21%). Just ten of the wealthiest countries consume close to 80% of the energy produced in the world. Among these, the United States is responsible for 25% of the atmospheric pollution produced by this energy. Brazil is the fourth largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world. Its contributions to global warming are largely a consequence of deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, which accounts for 80% of the country’s carbon emissions. The expansion of monoculture agricultural production tends to exacerbate this problem, as it expands the agricultural frontier and places ever larger pressures on the Amazon and the Cerrado (savannah). Brazil is practically self-sufficient in energy production. As a result, the central objective of the expansion of agroenergy production is to meet the needs of other countries. This will result in the acceleration of global warming instead of contributing to the preservation of the planet.

Additional days of action proposed to, and supported
by, the social movements assembly



June 2007:
Support the mobilisations for the respect of sexual diversity to make real the slogan "In a diverse world, equality is first" which will take place in June 2007 and 2008.



14-21 October 2007:
A Global Week of Action against debt

15 October - 20th:
Anniversary of the death of Thomas Sankara;

16 October:
World Food Day

17 October:
International Day to Eradicate Poverty;

20 October:
World Youth Day;

19-21 October:
IMF-WB Annual meetings



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