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Wildlife conference under attack for ‘selling off nature to multinationals’

An international conference in Edinburgh aimed at conserving wildlife is coming under attack from campaign groups for trying to “sell off nature” to multinational corporations. The first World Forum on Natural Capital on 21-22 November is due to attract business and conservation leaders to debate how to give natural resources a monetary value to try and protect them. The first minister, Alex Salmond, will deliver a speech to delegates. But it has sparked opposition from groups across Europe, who are planning a “counter forum” to combat the idea that nature should become a commodity to be traded by business. The official forum’s headline sponsor, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has also drawn criticism because of its multi-billion pound backing for climate-polluting companies.

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On Sept 19, 2023 ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit in New York City, climate activists gathered for a rally and civil disobedience outside Bank of America Tower in Midtown Manhattan as part of the March to End Fossil Fuels wave of actions resulting in multiple arrests. Activists demand Bank of America to “Defund Climate Chaos and Defend Human Rights” Photo: Erik McGregor (CC BY-NC 2.0 Deed)

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