International Conference Climate Change, Territories and Social Movements
El Salvador, November 5-6, 2012
Friends of the Earth International, through CESTA-Friends of the Earth El Salvador, is organizing an International Conference with grassroots organizations, communities and movements of the Mesoamerican region to share knowledge and work experiences around the defense of territories, the building of sovereignty and survival practices against socio-environmental problems and inadequate measures promoted by the economic forces of the region, which violate the rights of the population and are the drivers of land grabbing. With over 500 delegates from 77 countries, this conference aims to coordinate strategies and global struggle agendas, and also to make the cases of resistance against transnational corporations in Mesoamerica visible. Real World Radio will be present in El Salvador covering the Conference and its repercussions.
The Conference is called by several social and environmental networks of Mesoamerica, especially the Movement of Victims and People Affected by Climate Change and Megaprojects: MOVIAC
“The policies of our governments have not really tried to address the structural causes of the food crisis, but on the contrary, they encouraged what is causing even more trouble: the advance of agribusiness and land grabbing”, said activist Karin Nansen, member of the executive committee of Friends of the Earth International. Read more
Marco Von Borstel from Mexico analyzes why hydroelectric megadams, far from being a “clean energy mechanism”, are fundamental pillars of the climate crisis and the global temperature rise through greenhouse gas emissions almost at the level of the aeronautics industry. Read more
The member of Croatian organization Zelena Akcija, Jagoda Munic, was elected as FOEI’s Chair at the recent Biennial General Assembly (BGM) of the world’s largest environmental federation held in El Salvador. Read more
During the second day of the International Conference on Climate Change, Territories and Social Movements, the strategies of the Movement of Victims and People Affected by Climate Change -MOVIAC were presented. The presentation by the Mexican delegation alternated different voices of men and women who explained the context in which they work, including the particulars of the Mesoamerican country. In addition, their workplan and articulation focus for the Mexican territory was also presented. Read more
On the first day of the International Conference on Climate Change, Territories and Social Movements, representative of La Via Campesina El Salvador, Mauricio Venegas, said food sovereignty is part of the solutions to climate change in the rural areas. Read more
The International Conference on Climate Change, Territories and Social Movements began on Monday 5th November at the University of San Salvador, El Salvador. Over 500 delegates from more than 77 countries, which are part of the Movement of Victims and People Affected by Climate Change, gathered to create a space to strengthen alliances with organizations and networks of the region in defense of peoples’ livelihood and sovereignty in order to move forward in the development of MOVIAC as an advocacy movement. Read more
On November 5 and 6 at the auditorium of the University of El Salvador, nearly 500 delegates of Central America from 70 member groups of Friends of the Earth International will share their experiences about how the different communities are being affected by climate change. Read more
The Association for the Integral Development of Bajo Lempa (ADIBAL) will be a key actor at the international conference “Climate Change, Territories and Social Movements”, to be held in the Salvadorean capital, San Salvador, on November 5 and 6. Read more
Social and community management of water will be one of the central issues at the International Conference “Climate Change, Territories and Social Movements” that begins on November 5 in El Salvador. The event is organized by Friends of the Earth International and CESTA-Friends of the Earth El Salvador. Read more
The participation of victims and people affected by climate change in the upcoming International Conference organized by Friends of the Earth El Salvador, will be vital, said Adan Cuadra, of the Programa Trocaire in El Salvador. He said the aim is to revert the existing dispersion in the social and environmental movement. Read more
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“As women, we are the ones who maintain hope. And I think that while we do this, we need to encourage many other women and tell them to dare to go out, to raise their voices, to avoid being afraid to speak. (…) Women have been told to be afraid within our social and cultural circles. (…) We are covered by a blanket of fear, but we need to move forward with a blanket of hope”, said Jakeline Romero Epiayu.
The European Union (EU) made clear this Friday in Geneva that it is ready to block the advance of the negotiations at the United Nations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations.
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