with Camila Moreno & Helena Norberg-Hodge
Following on Local Futures’ action paper, Climate Change or System Change?, join climate researcher and activist, Camila Moreno, and Local Futures Director, Helena Norberg-Hodge, for a frank talk about climate change.
The recent climate agreement in Paris has been hailed as “historic,” yet the root causes of climate change were neither discussed as part of the negotiations, nor addressed in the agreement. This is an opportunity to get debriefed about what really took place in Paris and to explore where we go from here. We will discuss common myths in the climate debate, expose pseudo-solutions and pinpoint key strategies to achieve lasting change.
Issues that will be discussed include:
• Blaming individuals while ignoring industrial polluters
• “Free trade” treaties as the driving force behind climate change
• Commercial truths behind the climate negotiations
• Carbon trading and zero-net emissions myths
• Global to local steps to climate and planetary health
Camila Moreno (Brazil) is a researcher at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro and a working member of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and the Network for a GMO Free Latin America (RALLT). Camila has worked extensively with social movements in Brazil and Latin America on the social and environmental dimensions of biotechnology and agribusiness expansion in the region. In recent years, her main areas of study, writing and activism have focused on the territorial impacts of development policies and emerging schemes, such as carbon trading, associated with the green economy. Camila has followed the international climate negotiations closely since 2008 and took part in the COP 21 in Paris in December. Her forthcoming book, “Carbon Metrics and the New Colonial Equations,” will be launched in Brazil in mid 2016.
Helena Norberg-Hodge (Australia) is a pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goi Peace Prize. She is author of Local is Our Future, Ancient Futures and producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. She is the director of Local Futures and the International Alliance for Localization, and a founding member of the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.