Aired on 2SER 10 September 2009
Click to Download: Ep. 71 Carbon Trading, Mining and Indigenous Rights in Ecuador and Oz
Carbon trading has been is in the headlines recently after claims that an Australian company has been involved in efforts to swindle Papua New Guinean land holders into handing over the rights to carbon stored in their forests.
Sydney based company, Carbon Planet, has allegedly been using fake carbon certificates to claim the rights to the carbon stored in forests which legally belong to Papua New Guinea's indigenous people.
The company was intending to sell the credits through a planned UN scheme called 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation' - better known as Red.
The revelation has prompted severe criticism from environment groups who warn that the proposed Red scheme could have devastating impacts in developing countries.
Flint Duxfield has the story.
When Clouds Clear
The 4th Sydney Latin American Film Festival is in town til September 13. The 3rd Degree's Tessa Dowdell went along to a screening of 'When Clouds Clear' on Tuesday night, a heart-wrenching account of one village's battle against big mining companies in the heart of the Amazon in Ecuador.
Following the film was a panel discussion led by Alejandra Canales, including Uncle Neville Chappy Williams of the Wiradjuri nation who is fighting the Lake Cowal gold mine in central NSW, Natalie Lowrey from Friends of the Earth Australia, and film-maker Simone Francis.
Presented by: Nick Hollins and Tessa Dowdell
12-13 September, 10am-6pm:
Seeing Through Empire’s New Clothes, a conference to discuss grassroots responses to the economic crisis, @ the Redfern Community Centre, 29 Hugo Street, Redfern. Just across from Redfern station.
13 September, from 10am:
Eco-Kids Festival, under the Big Top at Luna Park.
16 September, 6:30-9:30pm:
Illawarra Public Forum: Beyond Coal @ Aboriginal Centre, 22 Kenny St, Wollongong
17 September, 1-2pm
Southern Coalfields Forum @ UNSW, Central Lecture Block
17 September from 7pm
Climate Camp Fundraiser @ Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham Street Marrickville. Feat. Crooked Fiddle Band, $10/$15
18 September 4-6pm
Mobilising for Climate Action @ Room, Level 3, MaryAnn House, UTS, 645 Harris St, Ultimo (5 min walk from Central railway station)
A Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre (CCS) seminar presenting the first papers from the climate action research project 2008-2009 (Based on Climate Camp last year). James Goodman, Rick Flowers and
Rebecca Pearse will each present papers traversing three interrelated themes: narrative and identity (the people), climate change (the issue), and learning in social action (the movement).