The climate conference once again left a bitter taste in the mouths of those who followed the progress of the negotiations. Maybe a more "positive" mobilization would yield a more effective strategy for achieving an ambitious agreement?
189 countries met in Warsaw last month with a view to taking joint decisions concerning the future of the planet. Despite good intentions, this great gathering began to look like a stalemate in chess with all the pawns left staring at each other and refusing to advance. It really is so hard to move beyond individual interests.
GERES/IRAM position paper on biofuels in Africa
Seeing the vigorous campaign waged against industrial biofuels by many international solidarity NGOs, GERES and IRAM can only share the criticisms voiced. The devastating impacts that biofuel crops grown in intensive monoculture for non-local use can have on both people and ecosystems, which include deforestation, land grabbing and threats to food security, are now widely recognized.
Nevertheless, GERES and IRAM want to turn the spotlight onto farmer biofuels.