PARIS-KGNU has brought you coverage of those who are fighting the REDD program, that’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. The program is a carbon offset mechanism which those affected say is privatizing the air by using forests and water ecosystems in the global south to financially benefit from the little that developing countries pollute. In its basic form, high polluters like the US can pay for the carbon credits gained by low polluters to cancel out their level of pollution, on paper that is. We first hear a clip from a video produced by the Indigenous Environmental Network that describes
Jane Goodall is known to many as the British researcher who entered the jungles of Uganda to study chimpanzee behavior for decades. At the UN Climate Summit she spoke to reporters about her support for REDD and how it is benefiting the local communities in Tanzania. If you listen closely to the audio, you will hear Cassandra Smithies interrupt Goodall to ask her how she could support a program that may have local economic benefit, but is negatively impacting global communities. KGNU caught up to Smithies after she spoke to Jane Goodall.