While the UN congratulates itself for having “successfully” concluded the 20th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 20) with a “draft agreement and concrete advances”, the majority of the social movements demanding climate justice in Lima expressed their deep concern over the results of the two weeks of official talks, not due to the lack of advance, but because of the fact that the talks advanced n the opposite direction of the necessary solutions proposed by the movements. Many reasons can explain these fateful outcomes, but two of them are very clear: the corporate capture of the UN and the lack of attention provided by this space to the proposals and demands of the social movements that every year demand strong actions to change a system that among other things is generating the climate crisis.
Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) was present in this year’s UN Climate talks (COP 20) in Lima, Peru, demanding a fair global climate deal and an end to the financialization of nature. Dipti Bhatnagar, Climate Justice & Energy Co-coordinator from FOEI, present in Lima, discussed how the development of the climate talks has resulted in a market of nature, providing nothing but false solutions as a response to the crisis.
Thousands of people took to the streets in Lima on Human Rights Day to demand Climate Justice, say NO to false solutions, and promote the solutions of the people to the climate crisis: food sovereignty, renewable energy, right to land, agrarian reform, respect for human rights.
15 December | Photo Galleries
The title of the documentary by Silvio Tendler applies to Uruguay, where over one hundred people affected by agrotoxic sprayings, researchers and communities gathered giving voice for the first time to the “silent spring” brought by agribusiness.
15 December | Photo Galleries
In addition to denouncing the effects of agribusiness on communities, rural workers and consumers, last week in Guichon, Paysandú department, Uruguay, the Network of Native Seeds of Uruguay and REDES, Friends of the Earth Uruguay, promoted alternatives linked to the saving and revalorization of seeds preserved by family farmers.
The member of the Rios Vivos Movement of Colombia is in Lima, Peru, as part of the organization´s delegation to the People´s Summit in favor of Climate Justice taking place in parallel to the inter-governmental negotiations on climate change. She denounced the new eviction threats against communities that are resisting in their country the privatization of rivers through hydroelectric projects.
In Fall of last year, the relationship between China Union and the community dwellers who live where it operates deteriorated drastically. After a series of public demonstrations which featured community members pleading for the company to live up to its MDA, there was a large strike in the area in October. The ERU was called out to quell the demonstration, which they did by firing live rounds in the air.
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