From 1 to 12 of December of 2014, Peru’s capital, Lima, will host the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Industrialized countries will try to free themselves of their obligations resulting from the climate debt they owe to the countries of the south (such as reducing emissions, climate finance and technology transfer) and they will continue to promote false market solutions to climate change. At the same time, from December 9 to 12, social movements and organizations of the world will meet in Lima at the Peoples’ Summit to promote real solutions and mobilize for climate justice.
Transnational corporations, in this case in particular British - South African Anglo American are exposed in a new report issued by Friends of the Earth International, Corporate Europe Observatory and the Transnational Institute for promoting false solutions to climate change in order to profit from the crisis. Read more
Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) participated in the COP 20 and the People’s Summit in Lima, Peru campaigning for a fair global climate deal. FOEI demand that developed countries take their historical responsibility and cut their emissions substantially while supporting developing countries to change over to clean energy. Dipti Bhatnagar, Climate Justice & Energy Co-coordinator from FOEI talks about the inadequate outcome from the COP 20 and FOEI’s participation in the People’s Summit. Watch video
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 in 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. Read more
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. Watch video
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. Watch video
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. Read more
During the first day of the People’s Summit in Lima, Peru, held parallel to the UN Climate talks COP 20, Friends of the Earth International arranged the seminar “Good energy, bad energy – fighting dirty energy and celebrating clean community power”. Geoffrey Nansove Kamese from NAPE, Friends of the Earth Uganda, was invited to speak about the energy situation in Uganda. Geoffrey brought attention to the destruction of fragile ecosystems in Uganda, and highlighted the need to empower communities in the matter of just energy solutions. Read more
On its third day, the People´ Summit against Climate Change took to the streets in Lima to demand climate justice and defend the rights of the peoples and the Commons. Over ten thousand people from Peru and different parts of the world, from environmental, women, student, union and peasant groups marched from Campo de Marte to San Martin Square in Lima with different slogans, chants and music (see photo gallery below). See gallery
One day before the beginning of the Peoples´ Summit in Lima, parallel to the 20th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, different social organizations and movements co-organized an activity on December 7th focusing on one of the processes that have been taking place in the past years which represents an increasingly larger threat against the rights of the peoples: the so-called financialization of nature and its link with the extractivist economic model. Read more
The Peoples´ Summit started on Monday, December 8, in parallel to the 20th Conference of the Parties to Climate Change taking place in Peru´s capital city, Lima, with representatives of social movements and organizations of over 30 countries around the world and over 160 planned activities. Read more
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