Panel presentation, Monday 22 January
Larry Lohmann, Rehana Dada, Ana Filippini, Adam M’aanit
Moderator: Niclas Hällström
A session exposing the problems arising from the new, huge global carbon market in relation to the environment, social justice and human rights, while also investigating new climate mitigation alternatives. The session was co-organised with the Durban group on climate justice which came out of a Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation seminar on carbon trading in Durban, South Africa 2004.
The Durban seminar brought together scholar-activists from all continents to consolidate a critical analysis of the emerging global carbon trading market, and help catalyse the emergence of a global movement for climate justice. A concrete outcome of this process is the book ‘Carbon Trading: a critical conversation on climate change, privatization and power’ – a 360-page thorough analysis of the topic that has received rave reviews and so far had more than 250 000 downloads.
Another concrete outcome of the project was the formation of the Durban group for climate justice which has become an increasingly important voice in the climate debate. As a first activity the group formulated the ‘Durban Declaration on climate justice’ which has now been signed by … groups and individuals. In the WSF seminar, several members of the group presented:
Niclas Hällström of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation introduced and set the context for the Foundation’s involvement.
Larry Lohmann, The Cornerhouse, UK and main author of the Carbon trading publication gave an overview of the many dimensions and critique of carbon trading.
Ana Filippini, World Rainforest Movement, Uruguay provided and understanding of the issue from the perspective of the South, and in particular the effects of off-set forest plantation projects.
Rehana Dada, Center for civil society, University of Kwazulu Natal, scrutinized other implications on the South, with examples from in particular South Africa.
Adam M’anit, Carbontradewatch, UK, exposed the rapidly increasing market for ‘voluntary off-set schemes’ where private individuals can ‘compensate’ for their air travels etc.
The initial panel presentations weas followad by a lively open discussion, which led to the spontaneous organizing of a follow-up strategy session for the fourth day of the WSF.