Why I don't like REDD

Sep 23, 2023

Understanding REDD

REDD, which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, is a climate change mitigation strategy introduced by the United Nations. It's aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions by preventing the destruction of forests in developing countries. While many people support REDD for its potential to combat climate change, I have serious reservations about its effectiveness and fairness.

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Questioning the Effectiveness

My first issue with REDD is its effectiveness. While it's true that deforestation contributes to global warming, the approach of REDD is too simplistic. It assumes that by preserving forests, we can significantly reduce carbon emissions. However, this overlooks other major sources of emissions such as fossil fuels and industrial processes. Without addressing these issues, we can't make meaningful progress in the fight against climate change.

Overlooking Indigenous Rights

Another major concern I have with REDD is the impact it has on indigenous communities. Often, these communities rely on forests for their livelihoods, using them for hunting, gathering, and other activities. REDD, however, restricts their access to these forests, threatening their way of life. While it's important to protect the environment, we must also respect the rights and traditions of indigenous peoples.

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The Issue of Carbon Credits

REDD operates on the principle of carbon credits. Essentially, countries that preserve their forests are awarded these credits, which they can then sell to countries that exceed their emission limits. This system, however, is flawed. It allows wealthy, industrialized nations to continue polluting as long as they buy carbon credits. This doesn't encourage actual reduction in emissions, but rather creates a market for buying and selling the right to pollute.

Environmental Injustice

Lastly, there's the question of environmental justice. REDD places the burden of combating climate change on developing countries, with the expectation that they preserve their forests. Meanwhile, industrialized countries, which are largely responsible for the current state of the environment, are allowed to continue their polluting activities. This is unfair and perpetuates inequality between nations.


In conclusion, while REDD may seem like a promising solution to climate change on the surface, it has several flaws that make it an unsatisfactory strategy. Its effectiveness is questionable, it overlooks the rights of indigenous communities, it perpetuates a flawed system of carbon credits, and it contributes to environmental injustice. It's clear that we need more comprehensive, fair, and effective strategies to combat climate change.