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Understanding the Green Economy Strategy for RIO + 20
March 8, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
A ‘Green Economy’ concept is being developed for the upcoming Rio+20 Earth Summit that could potentially devastate both the environment and Main Street economies all over the world. While the term ‘Green Economy’ suggests a beneficial effort to address the twin environmental and economic crises affecting the world today, the strategy that will be presented in Rio is in fact being constructed by those who have underwritten climate change and brought us to the brink of global economic collapse.
Big banks such as Deutschebank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the World Economic Forum, and many other powerful corporations and interests are pushing policies that will increase the access of corporations to the earth’s resources at the expense of people and the environment. These policies would negatively impact current efforts to promote the rights of communities over their own resources and to stop land grabs, big dams, water markets, extractives, false climate solutions and other corporate grabs – across the broad spectrum of natural resource and global economy issues.
Please join us for a conversation with Anil Naidoo of the Blue Water Project at the Council of Canadians to discuss the ‘Green Economy’ concept that will be unveiled at Rio+20 – and how it represents a profound threat with potentially devastating consequences, the ultimate enclosure of the commons. Anil will also talk about civil society efforts to oppose this threat and offer alternative proposals – an emerging campaign that is being led by indigenous groups, water justice activists, climate campaigners and rural peoples.
The Promoting Resource Rights in the Global Economy Project is hosting a series of learning activities that feature important strategies and hot topics in resource rights and corporate accountability struggles. The series is designed to promote strategy discussion and information-sharing between advocates and activists that work at the cross section of human rights, natural resources, and the global economy. The series include topics that have been identified as being of interest to practitioners.
RSVP to Lael at firstname.lastname@example.org for the call-in number or more information.