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Paris 2015


The Global Forest Coalition is here in Paris with a small delegation from various countries including Uganda, Philippines, India, Russia, Paraguay, the Netherlands and others to participate in the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and related civil society events from November 30 to December 12, 2015. We are here to denounce the undoubtedly bad Paris climate deal. In particular, we are calling on governments to expose the problems of the net zero approach and especially the dangers of inclusion of land use related emissions and emission reductions in carbon markets. Already a loophole by itself in the flawed accounting approaches it proposes, combined with market mechanisms, will create an entire new grab for land as it creates a REDD+ (Reduction of Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus) for agriculture and soils. We are raising the alarm bells around how this will open the door to Climate Smart Agriculture.

We are also here to raise awareness and expose the devastating impacts of the industry of unsustainable livestock and feedstock production and how there are viable and alternative solutions from small farmers, peasants and communities.

Most importantly, we are here to defend real solutions and push for system change to resolve the climate crisis. These solutions, alternatives and cohesive strategies by impacted communities and nations, various social movements and local struggles already exist and need to be supported.

We will strongly oppose the bad deal that is currently being promoted at the COP 21. The deal as it stands today has been captured and co-opted by corporations, allowing them to wear green masks, promote false solutions like carbon markets, REDD+, Climate Smart Agriculture as well among others to continue business as usual instead of cutting emissions deeply at source. The over reliance on unviable and dangerous techno fixes like geo-engineering, industrial bioenergy and manipulation of the atmosphere are unrealistic and will push us further into evading emissions cuts. The future of the humanity and our planet is at stake and we cannot let such a bad deal be accepted in Paris.

System Change, Not Climate Change!

You can download our list of spokespersons here

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Ashlesha Khadse
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GFC Events in Paris at COP21 and at related civil society spaces

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