The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held the first two weeks of December in Lima, Peru. Friends of the Earth International will participate in the COP campaigning for a fair global climate deal, demanding that the most developed countries cut their emissions substantially and assists developing countries to change over to clean energy. Dipti Bhatnagar, Climate Justice & Energy Co-coordinator from Friends of the Earth International talks about the risk of governments this year, yet again pushing for false solutions – instead of focusing on actions to reduce climate change.
25 November | Chronicles
The 14th edition of the continental youth camp of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) took place in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, from November 20-23. The organization celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.
24 November | Interviews
‘Keepers’ is the name of a project realized by Luca Tomac, from Friends of the Earth Croatia together with Friends of the Earth Europe, portraying twenty-two Europeans’ environmental struggle and dedication. The project aims at highlighting the work of these individuals on a European level. The project has resulted in a book and exhibition, the latter currently being showcased in Brussels and is planed to travel around Europe the following year.
24 November | Interviews
Tuesday marks a week since Afro-Colombian women decided to march from the “La Toma” community, Suarez municipality, Cauca department, to the capital city of the country, Bogota. Their aim is to say “enough!” to the violation of their territorial rights by megaprojects, especially transnational mining.
“At this time (7:20 a.m.), November 20th, 2014, the ESMAD appears at (the municipality of) La Jagua, Garzón, (department of) Huila to disarticulate the pacific protest of 20 days as of today, demanding the strict enforcement of the decision of the Constitutional Court T-135. The presence of the municipality spokesperson and the mayor of Garzón was demanded, who up to this point and since the protest started have not been on the site.”
The territorial problems derived from the transnational mining exploitation are central in the agenda of conflicts and fights of Latin America, and in this regard the campesino movement develops its own experiences, making alliances and coordinating with the affected communities “in the first person”.
For the second consecutive year, a delegation of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-VC) appeared before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) to denounce regional human rights violation processes against peasants, which also affect the basic rights of urban communities and countries as a whole.
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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