Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Tree Hugger - Activists from Rising Tide North America [protested at] the Washington DC offices of Environmental Defense. ED was targeted “because of the organization’s key role in promoting the discredited approach of carbon trading as a solution to climate change.”

Adding a further twist is that one of the leader activists was Dr Rachel Smolker, the daughter of one of Environmental Defense’s founders. Dr Smolker elaborated on the motivation for the action:

"My father was one of the founders of this organization, which sadly I am now ashamed of. The Kyoto Protocol, the European Emissions Trading Scheme and virtually every other initiative for reducing emissions have adopted their market approaches. So far they have utterly failed, serving only to provide huge profits to the world’s most polluting industries. Instead of protecting the environment, ED now seems primarily concerned with protecting corporate bottom lines. I can hear my father rolling over in his grave."

According to the Global Justice Ecology Project:

"ED wants to turn the atmosphere and forests into private property, and then give it away to the most polluting industries in the form of pollution allowances that can be bought and sold. Not only is this an ineffective way to control emissions, it is also a disaster for the poor and indigenous peoples who are not party to these markets and are most impacted by climate change."