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Forestry Conversion and Emission Issues in Indonesia Raise Questions

Posted on 14 December 2009 by editor

By Rajiv Fernando

COPENHAGUE (IPS/TerraViva) A new report has accused developed nations and some environmental non-governmental organisations of distorting understanding of the role of forestry and land conversion in reducing poverty and not failing to acknowledge the developing world’s economic needs.

The report, “Conversion: The Immutable Link between Forestry and Development,” was authored by Alan Oxley, chairman of World Growth, a US-based non-profit NGO established, according to its website, to bring balance to the debate over trade, globalization, and sustainable development. Continue Reading

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Youth See Their Future in the Balance

Posted on 06 December 2009 by editor

By Stephen Leahy


Youth delegates visited schools to talk about climate change issues. Credit: Children's Climate Forum

Youth delegates visited schools to talk about climate change issues. Credit: Children's Climate ForumBy Stephen Leahy

COPENHAGEN, (IPS/TerraViva) Young people from 44 countries are demanding that world leaders take decisive action on climate change. The time for talk is over, they declared at the end of a weeklong Children’s Climate Forum here.

“Our plates are empty due to drought. Our future is at risk, and we demand that something be done,” they wrote in a declaration titled “Our World, Our Future” signed by 164 participants aged 14 to 17 at the conclusion of the forum.

“I don’t want my future compromised by inaction on climate,” said Bipra Biswambhara, 16, of India.

Biswambhara and many of her fellow delegates were “shocked to learn how many people and parts of the world are already affected by climate change”, she told TerraViva. “We youth are committed to taking action in our home communities,” she said. Continue Reading

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