As this Frontline column went to press, the run-up to the climate change conference in Copenhagen was gathering pace. There was much talk of technical and policy-driven solutions, but as time ticked by, one ‘rainforest nation’ – Guyana – had already produced a ‘Low-Carbon Development Strategy’ and was already actively working towards protecting its rainforests, people and economy.

Guyana’s president, Bharrat Jagdeo, says,“We want to be part of a global coalition that stimulates innovation and creativity to enable us to leapfrog over the high-carbon development path that today’s business-as-usual ...


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