Tuesday, September 20, 2016
09/13 Diverse Voice Lecture
REDD stands for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation. It is an international offset project that claims to preserve forests in tropical countries. From the lecture and the articles, I believe that REDD should be kept out of California. California's top offset buyers are the state's most profitable oil companies and big corporations. They will not make emissions reductions on site, which will only threaten California's most vulnerable communities. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable communities consist of 62% people of color compared to 38% of whites. REDD also gives governments an opportunity to control and profit off of indigenous people's forests. These indigenous people will not be able to continue their cultural practices. There will definitely be violence and fights over the territory. Lastly, REDD clearly will not result in less emissions. Even when a government pledges to "avoid deforestation," it can turn around and cut down that same forest. REDD will not benefit California at all.