African Land Grabs - Fueling Water and Climate Crises

The Role of False Climate Change Solutions

In the trend of large-scale agricultural land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa “green investments” such as the production of agrofuels and agroforestry developments, are upheld as climate solutions, and are being used to justify, promote, and accelerate massive land grabs. Yet, even as research indicates that the expansion of industrial agriculture on African soil is likely to aggravate the heating of the planet, market mechanisms like carbon trade and carbon credits are providing a “green cover” for current land grabs.

This publication was written by the Polaris Institute for the Oakland Institute.

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New Report: Outing the Oligarchy - "Billionaires Who Benefit From Today’s Climate Crisis"

This new massive report by the International Forum on Globalization outlines how many of the worlds richest people are benefiting from the ongoing climate crisis and how their massive networks of influence and power are stalling efforts to phase out fossil fuel dependence.

The Polaris Institute drafted one section of the report on Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, and the power he holds throughout Mexico and the Americas.

Download the Polaris report on Carlos Slim (HERE)

To read the full report visit the IFG site:

La Via Campesina Durban Declaration

Assembly of the Oppressed, 5th December 2011, Durban, South Africa

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As the Assembly of the Oppressed we are gathered here to demand the transformation of the entire neo liberal capitalist system. The fight against climate change is a fight against neo liberal capitalism, landlessness, dispossession, hunger, poverty and the re-colonization of the territories of the people’s of Africa and the global South. We are here to declare that direct action is the only weapon of the oppressed people of the world to end all forms of oppression in the world.

Clean-up Crew Exposes Severe Oil Contamination at DFAIT

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December 1st 2011
For Immediate Release

Clean-up Crew Exposes Severe Oil Contamination at DFAIT

As Canadian negotiators meet in Durban, South Africa for COP 17, an Oil Clean-up Crew visited the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) this morning, mops and cleaning supplies in hand, to clean up the oil industry’s influence on the Canadian government.

Wearing hazardous waste suits, the crew cleaned up the mess of an oil lobbyist that was found on the premises. The clean-up crew also discovered evidence of severe oil contamination at DFAIT, including the prioritizing of oil industry interests over those of Canadian citizens, the green-washing of the tar sands, and the billions of dollars leaking in the form of subsidies to oil corporations.

A Call for Unity and Action by Civil Society Concerning the Global Climate Regime

Building Justice, Solidarity and Unity to Face the Climate Crisis!

Today, the climate clock is rapidly ticking away as government negotiators from all over the world dither over minute details in Durban during the last global climate talks before the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012.

Increasingly, climate scientists are signaling the fact that the crisis of global warming is more acute and urgent than initially predicted. Current levels of warming are already beginning to trigger the Earth’s tipping points. Extreme weather events are becoming more prominent, accelerating more sustained climate change that will soon bring catastrophic impacts on vulnerable countries, including some of the world’s most impoverished.

Canadian Government has lost its moral compass on Climate Change

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For Immediate Release
November 28 , 2011

Canadian Government has lost its Moral Compass on Climate Change

On the first day of UN climate change negotiations in Durban South African, an open statement demands Canada should at least not impede progress in Durban towards an ambitious, equitable and binding international agreement on climate change.

“Canada has a track record of acting more in the interests of big oil companies than Canadians at UN climate negotiations,” says Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians. “We are the only country to have come out of the Copenhagen UN climate negotiations to return home and weaken our emission reduction targets, allowing more climate change pollution,” adds Barlow.

New Report - Corporations, Climate and the United Nations: How Big Business has Seized Control of Global Climate Negotiations

November 24, 2011 - In time for COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, the Polaris Institute has prepared a report outlining how multinational corporations and their lobbyists have infiltrated the United Nations and are influencing the outcomes of climate negotiations. The report uncovers and describes where corporations influence the United Nations in the build up to and during climate change negotiations and how this corporate interest is the driving force behind the preferred market based initiatives that are emerging from the UNFCCC process.

The World Economy: Who’s Really In Charge?

In October 2011, Polaris Institute Executive Director Tony Clarke addressed the Group of 78, an organization that seeks to promote global priorities for peace and disarmament, equitable and sustainable development, and a strong and revitalized United Nations system. In his presentation Clarke traced four decades of increasing corporate control of the global economy and neo-liberal policies.

You can read a summary of his presentation here, or below.

The World Economy: Who’s Really In Charge?
The Crisis of Global Economic Governance

Tony Clarke
Executive Director, Polaris Institute
Presentation to Group of 78, November, 2011

Act Now: Stop Imminent Land Grab That Threatens More Than 162,000 People in Tanzania

Please take a look at the US based Oakland Institute's call to action on the important land grab issue in Tanzania. Polaris Institute's Director, Tony Clarke, is currently on the Board of directors of the Oakland Institute. Polaris has also contributed some very important research and reports on the land grabs for the Oakland Institute's campaigns.

Iowa-based investor Bruce Rastetter and fellow investors in the industrial agricultural corporation AgriSol Energy ( have their sights on 800,000 acres (325,000 hectares) of land in Tanzania that is home to 162,000 people.

Statement by Tony Clarke Presented at Ottawa Action, September 26, 2011

Tar Sands Rally Statement --- Tony Clarke, Polaris Institute, September 26, 2011

Nous sommes rassemblés ici aujourd'hui, venus de partout au pays, pour manifester notre opposition à la machine que représente les sables bitumineux canadiens et le Keystone XL en utilisant la désobéissance civile. Acts of non-violent civil disobedience are, ultimately, matters of conscience for individuals and groups. While the police erect a fence, we in civil society draw a line in the sand, define what is right and wrong or what is morally acceptable and what is not morally acceptable, and then put our bodies on that line.

•Il est simplement inacceptable … to rip out huge swaths of the Boreal forest, deplete one of the most precious freshwater systems in the world, and contaminate the river and ground water that sustains life in the Athabasca region --- dead wrong! Inacceptable!