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This declaration was created in 2004, but it’s even more relevant today and is gaining momentum as it gathers ever more high-profile signatories. The Woodland League has recently signed the declaration (#156 in the organisational section). Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the declaration:

As representatives of people’s movements and independent organisations, we reject the claim that carbon trading will halt the climate crisis. This crisis has been caused more than anything else by the mining of fossil fuels and the release of their carbon to the oceans, air, soil and living things. This excessive burning of fossil fuels is now jeopardising Earth’s ability to maintain a liveable climate.

Governments, export credit agencies, corporations and international financial institutions continue to support and finance fossil fuel exploration, extraction and other activities that worsen global warming, such as forest degradation and destruction on a massive scale, while dedicating only token sums to renewable energy. It is particularly disturbing that the World Bank has recently defied the recommendation of its own Extractive Industries Review which calls for the phasing out of World Bank financing for coal, oil and gas extraction.

We denounce the further delays in ending fossil fuel extraction that are being caused by corporate, government and United Nations’ attempts to construct a “carbon market”, including a market trading in “carbon sinks”.

History has seen attempts to commodify land, food, labour, forests, water, genes and ideas. Carbon trading follows in the footsteps of this history and turns the earth’s carbon-cycling capacity into property to be bought or sold in a global market. Through this process of creating a new commodity – carbon – the Earth’s ability and capacity to support a climate conducive to life and human societies is now passing into the same corporate hands that are destroying the climate.

People around the world need to be made aware of this commodification  and privatization and actively intervene to ensure the protection of the Earth’s climate.

The full document (PDF) is available here.

Multimedia test

First, let’s try a nice pic:

Trees of the forest #19: The Larch

Next, let’s try to embed a video:

This is too easy 🙂 BTW, for future reference maximum pic width is 500, which is the size of the one above.

First test post

OK Andy, I’ve got an account set up and we can make posts here to experiment. Then we can delete these experimental posts before we go live. I’ve sent you an invite to join WordPress.com, which you will need to do before you can make posts yourself.

Firstly, do you have a photo we can use for the header besides the current one? I like the current one, but it came with the template so it’s likely that someone else may be using the same photo on their blog. However, it will do for the moment.

Speaking of which, have a look at the comment below. You can add comments yourself to interact with me.

Oh, and another thing… the mission statement ‘Dedicated to restoring…’ is a bit long for the header. I couldn’t think of a way to shorten it without changing the meaning. Would look better if we could pare a few words from it.