Global March of Women add energy and excitement as the (World Social Forum 2009) WSF kicks off. Tens of thousands of people marching and chanting and dancing in the rain. Carnival like atmosphere with political purpose. See it on YouTube
Belem, Brazil, Jan 27, 2009
Tens of thousands of Brazilians and social activists from around the world opened the World Social Forum today, marching, chanting, and dancing through the streets amidst a torrential downpour that lasted several hours.
WSF Parade: Marching in the Rain
WSF Parade: Greenpeace
WSF Parade: Torrential Downpour
Greenpeace, Deforestation Zero – It’s now or now
WSF Parade: Joy is a form of resistance
WSF Parade: Our Planet is Not For Sale
WSF Parade: Marching in the Rain
WSF Parade: Global March of Women
WSF Parade: Amazonian Peoples
WSF Parade: Videographers Make Do
WSF Parade: Amazonian Peoples at the World Social Forum Parade
‘Citing the “complex, urgent and global threat of climate change,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today appointed a special envoy for climate change [Todd Stern], who will lead the United States in international climate negotiations…
The appointment caps off a day of aggressive environmental moves by the Obama administration. Together they signal a sharp break from the Bush administration, which took little action to mitigate climate change.’
“At a news conference on Monday, Mr. Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency to consider immediately California’s application to set its own rules on greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and trucks. Mr. Bush had rejected that application.”
The New York Times skims sour milk off the surface of the World Social Forum, focusing on Brazil leadership issues rather than catching the renewed significance of the world’s largest anti-neoliberalism event at a time when the neoliberal economic model itself is in extreme crisis.
“When groups critical of globalization decided three years ago to organize a World Social Forum as an alternative to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this seemed a logical place to gather. Brazil’s Workers Party, one of the main sponsors of the event, was in power here and considered the state of Rio Grande do Sul an ideal showcase for its brand of ”post-Marxist” democracy and social revolution.”
“South Asia has a cloud over its head — an unpleasant, unhealthy and climate-affecting soup of sooty haze that envelops the region, particularly in winter….
Orjan Gustafsson of Stockholm University in Sweden and colleagues have now removed the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the brown cloud. Burning of biomass, they report in Science, is the greater culprit.”
Critical view of carbon trading and the CDM – Clean Development Mechanism, as seen in hydroelectric projects in China:
“The AP has found that hydroelectric projects, whose climate impact is most widely questioned, have quickly become the No. 1 technology in the CDM, and China in particular is rushing in to capitalize.
The Chinese now have at least 763 hydro projects in the CDM approval pipeline and are adding an average of 25 a month. By 2012, those projects alone are expected to generate more than 300 million “certified emission reductions,” each supposedly representing reduction of one ton of carbon dioxide. Even at recent depressed market prices, those credits would be worth $4 billion.”