The Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance effectively change the conversation around carbon pricing, with the launch of the report Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance at COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Carbon market systems will not mitigate climate change, will not advance adaptation strategies, will not serve the most vulnerable communities facing climate change impacts and only protect the fossil fuel industry and corporations from taking real climate action.
IEN, GAIA, Rising Tide and other founding CJA members have historically framed EJ opposition to false, corporate climate solutions. Starting with our opposition to a range of pollution trading initiatives (e.g. UN Clean Development Mechanism [the Kyoto Protocol’s carbon trading and offsets program], 2010 Waxman Markey Cap & Trade Bill and the California Global Warming Solutions Act) to fighting corporate climate technologies such as waste and biomass incinerator proposals, or CCS (Carbon Capture & Sequestration) projects on the ground, CJA members have played a leading role in raising global awarness around the risks and follies associated with such profiteering schemes, especially where these schemes have been generated by the same corporations causing climate change.
- Hoodwinked in the Hothouse – one of the first popular education booklets covering the range of market-based mechanisms and corporate technologies being falsely promoted as climate solutions
- CJA’s first public statement on community vs corporate solutions, sent to the 1 Sky, a national coalition funded to promote the Waxman Markey Cap & Trade bill and other US Federal Climate initiatives, following the bill’s failure.
- CJA members in California have long fought the introduction of State’s cap and trade program (AB 32 – California Global Warming Solutions Act), and this study conducted by allied academics highlighted how the first few years of the implementation, served to increase pollution impacts in frontline communities