Say NO to False Climate Solutions!

California regulators are considering a tropical forest offsets policy that would allow dirty industries to continue to pollute, while threatening the rights of forest-dwelling peoples and allowing for continued oil extraction from California to the Amazon.

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To: California Air Resources Board

I am writing to urge you to oppose the California Tropical Forest Standard and to ensure that these offsets never are accepted into California's carbon trading system.

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To: California Air Resources Board

I am writing to urge you to oppose the California Tropical Forest Standard and to ensure that these offsets never are accepted into California's carbon trading system.

Tropical forest offset programs threaten the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon and beyond, placing forest peoples at risk of displacement and losing control of their territories, their cultures, and their ways of life. To make matters worse, these offset programs have a poor track record of actually reducing deforestation, and they allow big oil to keep polluting in low-income communities of color.

If California wants to be a real climate leader, it must do better than "offsetting" pollution. We must address the primary cause of climate change: fossil fuel extraction and combustion.

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False Climate "Solutions" Are Not the Answer

Under the California Air Resources Board's proposal, oil companies could continue to pollute but "offset" the effects of that pollution by paying for projects that supposedly save tropical forests in places like Ecuador, Brazil, and Indonesia. Saving tropical forests, which soak up carbon dioxide, is a good idea. But efforts to do that through carbon offset projects have been deeply problematic.

Not only do tropical forest carbon offsets perpetuate pollution in California, but traditional forest-dwelling communities – especially indigenous peoples – have been dispossessed in the name of preserving "carbon stocks" (a.k.a. forests). In the worst cases, communities have been physically intimidated or swindled in order to give over their land – all so polluters can claim it for their carbon offsets.

So far no government in the world has accepted tropical forest carbon offsets into their carbon-trading system. Not only are they afraid of being complicit in human rights abuses, but they know that it harms the integrity of their climate policies.

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