1000 CANCUNS – La Via Campesina Callout for COP16 (N29-D10)

October 14, 2010 at 11:25 am 3 comments

The people create thousands of solutions to confront climate change!

Thousands of Cancuns for climate justice!

La Via Campesina calls on social movements and all people to mobilize around the world

Peasants are cooling down the planet!

Globalize the struggle!

Globalize hope!

Social movements from around the world are mobilizing for the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will take place in Cancun from 29 November to 10 December 2010.

La Via Campesina: Via Campesina WEB | Via Campesina callout | Call in Spanish | Via Campesina VIDEO | on FacebookCochabamba: World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth | World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change (democracy now) |  The Cochabamba Global Convergance call out: Local assembly and listening points | Cochabamba Proposals Will be Brought to Cancun | Copenhagen + COP 15: Failure and Victory in Copenhagen (includes audio interview) | Copenhagen Climate Summit (democracy now) | KLIMAFORUM DECLARATION – System Change – Not Climate Change | Changing the world after Copenhagen – fotos, vids, audios, commenteries – VIVA PACHAMAMA | Reclaim Power, that talk, that “riot”, that action, the consequences | Minga Global 2010: Minga Global | Global Week of Action for Climate Justice | Global Day of Action for Climate Justice | Intercontinental Cry | Letter from President Evo Morales to Indigenous Peoples: NATURE, FORESTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ARE NOT FOR SALE | Minkandina | Minga Global 2009: Ultimos noticias | Mensaje de Alberto Pizango a la Madre Tierra

The COP 15 in Copenhagen demonstrated governments’ incapacity to tackle the root causes of the current climate chaos. At the very last moment, the US undemocratically pushed through the so called “Copenhagen accord”, in an attempt to move the debate out of the UN and the Kyoto promises and to favor even more voluntarily free market solutions.

The climate negotiations have turned into a huge market place. Developed countries, historically responsible for most of the greenhouse gas emissions are inventing all possible tricks to avoid reducing their own emissions. For example, the “Clean Development Mechanism” (CDM) under the Kyoto protocol allows countries to continue polluting and consuming as usual, while paying low prices supposedly so that developing countries reduce their emissions. What actually occurs is that companies profit doubly: to contaminate and to sell false solutions.

Monsanto tries to convince us that monoculture plantations of its GMO Roundup Ready soybeans qualify for carbon credits because they contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases that heat the planet by accumulating organic matter in the soil. Communities living nearby soy monoculture plantations are a living example of the mortal and destructive effects of these monocultures. Similar false arguments are used to sell carbon credits based on forest monocultures, agrofuel crops, or industrial animal production.

Many governments of developing countries, attracted by the potential profits, are betting on these false solutions and refusing to implement measures that effectively confront climate change, such as supporting sustainable peasant agriculture, orienting production towards internal markets, establishing effective energy saving policies for industry, etc.

We demand the application of thousands of people’s solutions to climate change

It is now time for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to embark on resolute policies to contribute to solve the climate chaos. Countries need to take strong and binding commitments to radically cut gas emissions and radically change their mode of production and consumption.

Climate change also is worsening the migration crisis. The droughts, the terrible floods caused by severe storms, water contamination, soil erosion and degradation, as well as other destructive impacts of the neoliberal environmental disaster, are bringing about the displacement of thousands of people, mainly women and ruined farmers, from their rural communities and forcing them towards the cities and the North in a desperate search for the means of survival for them and their families. It is estimated that 50 million people have been forced to migrate due to the effects of climate change. These “climate displaced people” have come to swell the ranks of the more than 200 million human beings, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), that today represent the worse crisis of migration that humanity has faced.

Solutions do exist. More than 35,000 people gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia at the People Conference on Climate Change and for the Rights of Mother Earth broadening new visions and proposals to save the planet. These thousands of solutions coming from the people effectively confront the climate crisis.

We demand that the UNFCCC endorse the Cochabamba People’s Agreement proposals and to reject all false solutions being cooked up for the moment. Among them:

Defend land and forest rights: The REDD + initiative (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) should be rejected. Protecting forests and reforesting degraded forests is an obligation of all governments that should be implemented without limiting the autonomy, the rights or the control of indigenous and peasant peoples over the land and their territories, and without serving as an excuse so that other countries and corporations continue contaminating and planting tree monocultures. Territorial and cultural rights of indigenous and peasant peoples should be explicitly recognized in any climate accord.

Reject geoengineering: Large-scale proposals to deliberately alter the climate, such as biochar; genetically modified plants to supposedly increase reflectivity and resistance to drought, heat and salt; the fertilization of the ocean or the massive creation of clouds, only create new unmanageable problems, they are not solutions. Geoengineering is only one example of how transnational companies are willing to play with the future of the planet and humanity in order to create new sources profit.

Reject all carbon trading schemes and Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM): Carbon trading has proven extremely lucrative in terms of generating investor dividends, but has completely failed in reducing greenhouse gas. In the new invented “carbon market” the price of carbon keeps dropping to rock bottom, which encourages further pollution. All carbon emissions should be reduced from the source, rather than allowing payment for the right to pollute.

Reject any participation of the World Bank in the management of funds and policies related to climate change.

We need millions and millions of peasant communities and indigenous territories to feed humanity and cool the planet.

Scientific research shows that peasant and indigenous peoples could reduce current global emissions to 75% by increasing biodiversity, recuperating soil organic matter, replacing industrial meat production with small-scale diversified food production, expanding local markets, halting deforestation and practicing integrated forest management.

Peasant agriculture not only contribute positively to the carbon balance of the planet, it also gives employment to 2.8 billion people, women and men around the world, and it remains the best way to combat hunger, malnutrition and the current food crisis.

The right to land and the reclaiming for territories, food sovereignty, access to water as a common good and a human right, the right to use, conserve and exchange seeds, the de-concentration and promotion of local markets, are the indispensable conditions so that peasant and indigenous peoples continue feeding the world and cooling the planet.

Join us to organize thousands of Cancuns!

Together with diverse organizations we will set up in Cancun, during the dates of the COP 15, the Alternative Global Forum “For life, and environmental and social justice”, which will unite the force and resistance of peasant peoples of the world, who are already cooling the planet (the Agenda towards Cancun 2010 is attached).

We call on social movements, popular organizations and all people of the world to organize on December 7, 2010, thousands of protests and actions to reject the false and market-based solutions. We declare ourselves in permanent mobilization until we defeat the big market negotiations in Cancun in December.

Peasants are cooling down the planet!

Globalize the struggle!

Globalize hope!


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  • 1. fuspey  |  October 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    discussion with Jamie Hann from 350.org about expectations from Cancun…

    As White House Reverses Rejection of Solar Panels, 350.org to Hold 10.10.10 Day of Action on Global Warming

    AMY GOODMAN: Jamie, I also wanted to ask you about the upcoming climate talks in Cancún. There’s an article in today’s New York Times titled “Poor Prospects for New Climate Meeting.” The article states, “There is no chance of completing a binding global treaty to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases, few if any heads of state are planning to attend, and there are no major new initiatives on the agenda. Copenhagen was crippled by an excess of expectation. Cancún is suffering from the opposite.” Jamie Henn, your response? And will you be in Cancún?

    JAMIE HENN: I will be going to Cancún. And I think that you’re right. There has been a real lowering of expectations before Cancún. Part of that is healthy. I think that the fact that so many heads of state showed up in Copenhagen helped slow down the process, because effectively negotiators stopped doing their work the second week and started preparing for dignitaries like President Obama to come. So a little less pressure on the process, in a political sense, from the top down is important.

    What we do need is more political pressure on the process from the bottom up. The one thing that’s really been missing from this process and finally got going around Copenhagen, and is only building, is a real public attention to what’s happening in these talks. I was just talking with colleagues who were in China and was having a dialogue with Christiana Figueres, the new head of the UN climate process. She was actually saying that this is one of the most important factors in making progress, is a renewed sense of public expectation and a renewed sense of public focus on the process itself.

    Look, we’re not going to get a complete binding treaty out of Cancún. The key is that we really help strengthen the process, that we rebuild the damage that was done in Copenhagen, and we start really laying out some key elements that can move it forward. Throughout that process, the key voices on this issue, the most vulnerable countries, the places that are feeling the impacts of climate change, those continue to be the voices we need to be listening to and the voices, that as activists around the world, we need to be supporting.

    So our hope is that this global work party on Sunday will really show that the public is ready for solutions, that we’re getting to work, and that we certainly expect our politicians at meetings like Cancún, and also here in Washington, DC, to do their job, as well, and really make some progress on this issue.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Well, and is there any sense on your part that any of the developed countries—the standoff between the developed countries and the developing countries, that any of the developed countries are ready to actually institute not only the kinds of changes in their own emissions, but also the kind of assistance that the developing countries are asking for, that there’s any movement in that direction?

    JAMIE HENN: Well, you’re right. There’s a standoff definitely between developed countries—the big emitters—and the developing countries. In a sense, there isn’t a standoff from the developing countries’ point of view. Many of them are racing ahead with solutions already. The most recent round of talks took place in China, and I think that a lot of people who were there were stunned to really see the work that’s happening there on the ground, from the student level, where we have over 300 events this weekend, to the government level, where they’re really pushing clean energy.

    In terms of the need for the US to really step up and show some leadership, and other developed countries, that’s what this weekend is about. We do need much more public pressure, not only for domestic change here in the US and building a clean energy economy here, but really ratcheting up the case for an aggressive investment worldwide and the US stepping up to its responsibilities, as the largest historic emitter, to really promote a clean energy economy that’s fair and just around the world.

    AMY GOODMAN: Jamie, just ten seconds.

    JAMIE HENN: We’re beginning to see some promising signs of that.

    AMY GOODMAN: Explain 350.org. What does 350 mean? Ten seconds.

    JAMIE HENN: Exactly. So, 350 is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We’re now at 390 parts per million. So it’s a bit of work to get back to 350. And people can find out more at 350.org and find an event that’s happening this weekend near them. So we hope they’ll join us.

    AMY GOODMAN: Jamie Henn, thanks for joining us, speaking for 350.org.

  • 2. climatecaravan  |  October 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Cancun in Brixton | 1000 Solutions | Cop -16


    Thousands of Cancuns for Climate Justice!

    Thousands of Solutions from the Grassroots!

    Brixton Justice, Climate Justice, Global Justice!

    We are organizing a series of events to struggle for climate action for global justice in response to a call out by La Via Campesina, an international peasant movement representing small farmers, landless workers, fisherfolk, rural women, youth and indigenous peoples, with 150 member organizations from 70 countries on five continents, Global Justice Brixton is organizing an event to coincide with the COP-16 in Cancun, Mexico. Social movements from around the world are mobilizing for the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will, as a follow up to the Copenhagen COP15, take place in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010.

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