Saving the Earth’s climate, remaining forests and ecosystems may prove to be some of humanity’s greatest challenges. In the UN climate negotiations however, a controversial scheme to supposedly protect the Earth’s remaining forests is eclipsing the urgent need to reduce emissions at source and phase out fossil fuels.
‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation’ (REDD) is a carbon trading scheme based on the assumption that fixing a price on trees is the best way to protect forests. However, many Indigenous Peoples, forest-dwelling communities, farmers, women associations, social movements and grassroots environmental NGOs reject REDD – a false solution to climate change which further commodifies nature.
No REDD! A Reader, exposes how REDD is irremediably flawed, bankrolled by big polluters, intrinsically linked to the carbon market and may result in the largest land grab of all time. This compilation of articles gives a voice to the growing resistance and demonstrates that far from saving the world’s forests, REDD may destroy forests, threaten the survival of Indigenous Peoples and forest dependent communities and exacerbate the climate crises.
“Deforestation must be halted and not merely reduced. REDD does not even pretend to face this critical problem. No REDD, a Reader is a must read for all who seek to know the truth about this mercantilist tool. It is also highly recommended for those who believe that policies to fight the current climate chaos must see the people and Mother Earth and not merely see trees as commodities for cash and carbon speculation.”
Nnimmo Bassey, Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Chair of Friends of the Earth International and poet
“For several years, banks and industry have been moving to take over the carbon of the world’s forests. Ordinary people need to know what’s going on. This book is here to help.”
Larry Lohmann, The Corner House