Green Poverty

November 2009 – Green Papers: Issue II
Greenpeace has been active in the global climate change negotiations. Its public message is “Stop Deforestation — save the Climate.” But this is not the Greenpeace forestry strategy. It is, as it was long before climate change became a global issue, to “halt commercial forestry” everywhere. Greenpeace has developed technical proposals to support the negotiations and has been active in discussions with donors on strategies for developing countries. Yet its research advances its political goals and its record demonstrates that it will pursue its objectives at any cost, including to the poor. Continue reading

Building a Pro-Development Global Strategy on Climate Change

Global interest in tackling climate change has intensified. Awareness that the commitments to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases set out in the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change expire in 2012, and given general acceptance that the Kyoto Protocol has not been a success, new global approaches to climate change are being considered.

Global warming is a complicated subject. The science is complex and the economics challenging. It is not common in either discipline to try to specify with certainty what will happen over 10-20 year periods, let alone to look ahead 100 or 200 years. While much attention has been focused on the science and economics, not enough has been devoted to what can practicably be achieved in intergovernmental arrangements to handle climate change. This report illustrates one such approach.