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Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/

Cochabamba, Bolivia, 19 to 22 April, 2010

To participate in the Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights you can register HERE.  The registration has no cost.

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04. Referendum

At the Copenhagen conference, President Evo Morales proposed that, given the lack of an accord among governments, the people should be consulted in a referendum of global scale. He put forth the following five questions for that referendum:

1) Do you agree with reestablishing harmony with nature while recognizing the rights of the Mother Earth? YES or NO

2) Do you agree with changing this model of over-consumption and waste that represents capitalist system? YES or NO

3) Do you agree that developing countries reduce and reabsorb their domestic greenhouse gas emissions for temperature not to rise more than 1 degree Celsius? YES or NO

4) Do you agree with transferring all that is spent in wars and for allocating a budget bigger than used for defense to climate change? YES or NO

5) Do you agree with a Climate Justice Tribunal to judge those who destroy Mother Earth? YES or NO

The working group will discuss the pertinence of this proposal, the questions it will ask, and the concrete aspects of organizing a referendum at the global level with the participation of different peoples and progressive governments.

 

..gotta love this.

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Media advisory: 50 governments and 10,000 people expected at historic climate conference

MEDIA ADVISORY
People’s World Conference on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth
19-22 April 2010
Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia

The Plurinational State of Bolivia will host an historic conference on climate change in April with an expected attendance of more than 10,000 people along with government  representatives from more than 50 countries. Many more people are expected to participate via the Internet and in campaign actions on the final day of the conference, 22 April which marks UN Mother Earth Day.Amongst the confirmed speakers are NASA scientist Jim Hansen, Bill McKibben, environmental journalist and leader of 350.org, Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva, Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, Miguel D’Escoto, former President of UN General Assembly, American actor, director and activist Danny Glover along with leaders from leading environmental organizations and communities at the frontline of climate change.....

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/media-advisory-50-governments-and-...

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epaulo13 wrote:

04. Referendum

At the Copenhagen conference, President Evo Morales proposed that, given the lack of an accord among governments, the people should be consulted in a referendum of global scale. He put forth the following five questions for that referendum:

1) Do you agree with reestablishing harmony with nature while recognizing the rights of the Mother Earth? YES or NO

2) Do you agree with changing this model of over-consumption and waste that represents capitalist system? YES or NO

3) Do you agree that developing countries reduce and reabsorb their domestic greenhouse gas emissions for temperature not to rise more than 1 degree Celsius? YES or NO

4) Do you agree with transferring all that is spent in wars and for allocating a budget bigger than used for defense to climate change? YES or NO

5) Do you agree with a Climate Justice Tribunal to judge those who destroy Mother Earth? YES or NO

The working group will discuss the pertinence of this proposal, the questions it will ask, and the concrete aspects of organizing a referendum at the global level with the participation of different peoples and progressive governments.

 

..gotta love this.

I do.

ss atrahasis

I bet James Lovelock isn't going.

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this sounds like a good conference. 

I hope they can help ditch carbon offset schemes and any other market schemes like Hansen's 'fee and dividend' model described at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/opinion/07hansen.html .

The section at the conference site on 'Dangers of the Carbon Market', http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/dangers-of-carbon-market/#more-684 includes a 2008 quote from Morales:

“As the market is unable to regulate the financial and productive system and in the world, the market can not regulate the emissions of greenhouse gases either and it will only generate a great deal for financial institutions and large corporations.”

[a comment under that section is from a reader who is expanding Hansen's 'fee and dividend' model.  Hansen is to attend the Bolivian conference.]

Global financiers are not yet controlled, and can turn even carbon fees and dividends into tradable derivatives in their own private markets.

We need simple regulatory caps on emissions, caps on fossil fuel mining.  That's it.  No more fancy schemes.

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I've been concerned that some land trusts and community groups have handed nature's rights over to the carbon offset market in exchange for revenue. Much needed revenue I realize, but that strategy will backfire as financiers game with those rights and offsets and crash the market as they have crashed every other market.  

Nature's rights, and additional sources from groups which crash when the offset revenue market crashes, will be picked up by increasingly fewer surviving consolidated financiers who will continue to invest in whichever destructive energy investments they choose- fossil fuels, nuclear, biogenetically engineered crops, untested water-intensive nanotech, using their increasing control of Nature's rights.

Financiers' rights are currently being extended through so-called 'free trade' and procurement deals.

 

Financial and political Caesars have for too long strung us out on a limb.

Earth needs a clear shot at renewal:

We need to create certain, sufficient steps for fresh air and a healthy environment which does not depend upon the market.

We cannot assume that maybe, one day, we'll get governments which will put actual market controls in place.

The Earth needs a clear stand for a clean environment:

No more dirty mining and pollution.  No trade offs.

Take down the structures of Earth's torture.

Remove the caesars.

 

honour eachother,

honour the earth of which we are a part.

 

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It struck me this morning that our parks and protected places are at risk through the carbon offset market.

Some of the dots connecting were mentioned earlier in comments around Ontario's FIT program, and the 'Green' Energy Act.

But I looked again at the Ontario Green Energy Act:

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2145&d...

The Minister responsible for administering the Act is able to allow 'renewable energy permits', 'certificates' and approvals for use for projects using renewable energy sources where " 'renewable energy source'  means an  energy source that is renewed by natural processes and includes wind, water, biomass, biogas, biofuel, solar energy, geothermal energy, tidal forces and such other energy sources as may be prescribed bythe regulations." These are allowed in provincial parks, crown lands and conservation areas. 

Regulations accompanying the Green Energy Act further define the rights that are associated with these renewable energy permits and certificates, including offset rights and benefits derived from trade in those offset rights.  Regulations include The FIT program which defines these to include rights to the nature of a source, rights which are transferable.

When offset credits and rights enter the market, they become the base for financial innovations including hedged products and new forms of derivatives.   (Some of these are outlined at wikipedia under credit default swaps.)

These offset credits and rights are associated with financial rights.  Financial rights have entire sections devoted to their protection in NAFTA, and other WTO 'free trade' deals such as the procurement pact just signed by McGuinty and Harper. Lenders rights are additionally protected in the FIT program.

So when renewable energy projects are allowed in parks and on crown land, financiers are enabled to obtain tradeable rights to the nature of sources, to the 'wind, water, biomass, biogas, biofuel, solar energy, geothermal energy, tidal forces and such other energy sources'. 

There should be no market for carbon offsets. 

The problem is exponentially multiplied if governments give away carbon offsets for standing carbon sinks like forests, or for carbon 'storage' in waters or ground.

These offsets are rights which belong to the public and should not be privatized.

Privatized, the rights will not be under the control of communities close to and aware of the sensitivities of local ecosystems, but under a very few who profit from the financialization of nature's sources.

Financialized, rights to nature's sources can be manipulated to ruin nature further, not only by offsetting further carbon-intensive mining, processing, and pollution, but also by subjecting nature to the erratic bubbles and crashes of the market. 

Nature needs to operate by it's own processes and rhythms, not the market's.

In legislation and regulation, carbon offsets are one structural tool of Earth's torture that we need to dismantle.

 

 

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Media advisory: Bolivia launches World Peoples’ Climate Summit at UNFCCC talks in Bonn

Quote: Solon commenting on news that the US and Denmark were withdrawing aid from countries like Bolivia for their opposition to the Copenhagen Accord said, “This in their rights, but unfair and clearly an attempt to punish Bolivia. What kind of negotiation is it where you lose money if you disagree?” Solon said that Bolivia would not back down due to such threats. “We are a country with dignity and sovereignty and will maintain our position.”

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/media-advisory-bolivia-launches-wo...

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BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Bolivia accused the United States and Denmark on Saturday of cutting aid to the South American country as punishment for its fierce opposition to the Copenhagen Accord for fighting global warming.

....

From here

ss atrahasis

Same thing as epaulo, actually. Missed that. doh

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La Via Campesina mobilises for the Cochabamba People’s Conference on Climate

Media Advisory

(April 13, 2010) The international peasant’s movement La Via Campesina will join the People’s Conference on Climate change and the Rights of mother earth organised by the Bolivian president Evo Morales in Cochabamba, Bolivia from April 19 to 22. More than 80 farmers representatives from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas will take part in this event in order to contribute to the building up of a new international front to combat climate change.

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/la-via-campesina-mobilises-for-the...

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Indecipherable!

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Invitation to the Assembly of Social Movements

..oops! forgot the link.....

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/invitation-to-the-assembly-of-soci...

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Invitation to the Assembly of Social Movements

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We, activists of many diverse social movements, characterize this current moment as one of arrogance and authoritarianism on the part of the United States, the European Union and transnational corporations. This was demonstrated in Copenhagen when very few countries tried to create an outcome that was in disagreement with the COP 15, and did nothing to stop global warming and the climate crisis.

Quote:
It is in this context that we present to the People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. In Cochabamba we have organized an Assembly of Social Movements, a continuation of our efforts and articulations in the fight, with two goals:

    * To discuss and organize our support of the proposals and initiatives of governments committed to the rights of people and the environment;
    * To discuss and organize our agenda as social movements to promote our alternatives and our resistence to the marketization of the relationship between people and between people and their environment—the offense of transnationals and militarization.

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/invitation-to-the-assembly-of-soci...

George Victor

Thanks.

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..starting monday the 19th democracy now will be brodcasting from cochabamba.

http://www.democracynow.org/

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rabble expects to have quite a bit of coverage from some of our bloggers who are Cochabamba. See details here:

Cochabamba World People's Conference begins: Follow coverage on rabble

 

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thanks for news here and elsewhere at rabble.

before i forget, wanted to note that the carbon offset market is an aspect of the financial markets that needs to be banned, but that the financial system directly and as a whole affects climate, which i realize many participants at the conference know.

Large private interests in the out-of-control and fraudulent casino are able to invest in and create profit-making financial 'products' which give them additional power to mine fossil fuels, pollute and divert water, and write trade and other legislation to limit participatory democracy.

The privatized global financial system as a whole is killing the earth.

Instead we need an entirely different set of systems of exchange prioritizing Earth's rights including human and public rights.

Earth cannot be put at the disposal of the financial system. 

The current financial system needs to be dismantled and new community-based means of exchange established, supported by regional and national structures rather than undermined.

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I just looked at the draft agenda for the conference, and it's quite amazing.  very hopeful.

http://pwccc.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/program-cmpcc-final1.pdf

 

 

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Bolivia’s fight for survival can help save democracy too.

April 22, 2010 in Press, Uncategorized

Naomi Klein guardian.co.uk, Thursday 22 April 2010 19.04 BST Article history

The people’s summit to tackle climate change is a radical, transformative response to the failure of the Copenhagen club

Quote: The next stage was to invite global civil society to hash out the details. Seventeen working groups were struck and, after weeks of online discussion, they met for a week in Cochabamba with the goal of presenting their final recommendations at the summit’s end. The process is fascinating but far from perfect (for instance, as Jim Shultz of the Democracy Center pointed out, the working group on the referendum apparently spent more time arguing about adding a question on abolishing capitalism than on discussing how in the world you run a global referendum). Yet Bolivia’s enthusiastic commitment to participatory democracy may well prove the summit’s most important contribution......

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/bolivias-fight-for-survival-can-he...

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Bolivia submits Cochabamba Conference outcome to UNFCCC
Meena Raman

The Bolivian government forwarded a submission on 26 April to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat containing the outcome of the “World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth” held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April.

The Cochabamba Conference was convened by Bolivian President Evo Morales and was attended by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and other Latin American political leaders.

According to the Bolivian submission to the UNFCCC, more than 35,000 delegates from social movements and organizations from 140 countries had participated in the Conference.

The Bolivian submission incorporates the main content of the “Peoples Agreement” and the draft proposal for a “Universal Declaration of Mother Earth’s Rights” that were adopted at the Cochabamba Conference to facilitate the inclusion of proposals for the draft negotiating text to be prepared by the Chair of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) for the working group’s next session in June.

http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/

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As I understand it, the earth is a planet similar to other planets in the solar system, composed of minerals, metals, water and various gases, and totally lacking a gender.

IMHO, assigning the earth a female gender is as anachronistic and ridiculous as doing the same for a boat or a car.  Why is it so important to people to give the earth a gender??

relic

I hope we have time for more conferences, meetings and agendas.

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From the Conference Working Group on Structural Causes, one of many useful paragraphs:

"Capitalism as a patriarchal system of endless growth is incompatible with life on this finite planet. For the planet, every alternative for life must necessarily be anticapitalist.  But not only this, it must be more than anticapitalist.  The Soviet experience has shown us that a predatory production system with devastating conditions that make life similar to that of capitalism was possible with other ownership relationships.  The alternatives must lead to a profound transformation of civilization.  Without this profound transformation, it will not be possible to continue life on planet Earth.  Humanity is faced with a huge dilemma: continue down the road of capitalism, patriarchy, Progress and death, or embark on the path of harmony with nature and respect for life."

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/final-conclusions-working-group-1-...

 

Bolivia's official contribution to ongoing UN work is encouraging

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/submission-by-the-plurinational-st... :

Carbon reductions, mitigation, and financing by developed countries are disassociated from carbon markets or other offset mechanisms:

"14.      An amendment to the Kyoto Protocol for the second commitment period 2013-2017 is adopted under which developed countries commit to significant domestic reductions of at least 50% compared to 1990 excluding carbon markets or other offset mechanisms that mask the failure of actual reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases."

"74.      There should not be use of an international carbon market or an international carbon market approach in the offsetting of Annex I Parties’ mitigation commitments or in the financing of developing countries’ climate actions as it has serious adverse effects."

Funding compensation constituting climate debt reparations from developed nations are to be from public money sources.

Limits are set on intellectual property rights; technology in the service of mitigation should be in the public domain, and patents on life forms are rejected.

In response to the Structural Causes of climate change, many useful recommendations include,

"7.(vii)           Changes to the international financial, economic and social system, which drives excessive production and consumption, including the excessive production of greenhouse gas pollution, and perpetuates unfair and unbalanced relations between peoples and between peoples and nature."

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Press Release: Bolivian President Evo Morales to Deliver Results of People’s Conference

May 5, 2010 in Press

Bolivian President Evo Morales to Deliver Results of People’s Conference on Climate Change  to UN Sec Gen Ban-Ki Moon

New York – On the morning of Friday, May 7th, President Evo Morales of Bolivia will personally present UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with the conclusions of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of the Mother Earth, which was held in Cochabamba, Bolivia from April 20th to 22nd, 2010. Some 30,000 people hailing from over 150 countries attended the Conference, which offered governments and civil society groups a rare chance to work together to address climate change.

Bolivia’s first indigenous president will be joined in New York by delegates from around the world who were active at the conference, including: Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria) and Asad Rehman (UK) from the organization Friends of the Earth, Yoon Guem Soon (South Korea) and Tomás Balduino (Brazil) of Via Campesina, Meena Raman (Mayalysia) of Third World Network, Jeremy Osborn (USA) of 350.org, Tom Goldtooth (USA) of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Enrique Daza (Colombia) of the Hemispheric Social Alliance, and Maude Barlow (Canada) of the Blue Planet Project.

Following the meeting with Ban Ki-moon, Morales will hold a press conference in the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium of the United Nations at 1pm. He and the international delegates will later share the conclusions reached in the People’s Accord of Cochabamba with developing countries in a briefing to the G77 and China.

Last week, the Bolivian government submitted the People’s Accord to the UN body that deals with climate change negotiations in the form of an official contribution to the debates taking place under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Among the most important aspects of the People’s Accord are a project for a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by developing countries for the 2010-2017 period, a draft Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, a proposal for a global referendum on climate change, and recommendations for the creation of an International Climate and Justice Tribunal.

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/press-release-bolivian-president-e...

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Bolivia: Ambassador Pablo Solon on why thousands will attend World People's Climate Summit

http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/04/bolivia-ambassador-pablo-solon...

..this is video footage describing the reasons this summit was called. most of this we already know. the interesting part is the 3rd video where the global referendum is talked about.

 

**corrected the link may 5th

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WORKING GROUP ON ACTION STRATEGIES

(Action Plan of the Peoples Agreement)

The movement’s priority  is to be nurtured by and articulated with campaigns, networks, regional and global organizations that in recent years have worked to address climate change and defend the rights of Mother Earth, and other networks, regional and global organizations, sectoral and thematic that have made the same commitment.

Therefore it proposes the following lines of action:

1.   Political incidence

1.1      Work to spread the conclusions in our countries, organizations, unions, communities and others, of the “Peoples Agreement” under the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.....

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/final-conclusions-working-group-16...

7. Towards the 2nd Conference

The organizations participating in this Conference will promote the organization of a new World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth by the year 2011, in the framework of the movement’s building process and evaluating the results of the Cancun Conference.

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Speech by President Evo Morales to the G77 at the United Nations regarding the conclusions of the First World People’s Conference on Climate Change

Speech by Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, before the G77 + China at the United Nations

May 7, 2010

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We in the G77 + China are a group of 130 developing countries that are the least responsible for climate change, and, nonetheless, the most affected by the dire impacts of global warming. We represent two-thirds of the countries comprising the United Nations, and close to 80% of the world’s population. In our hands is the task of saving the future of humanity and planet Earth, and making the voices of our peoples heard and respected.

That is why I have come here to address the G77 + China!

We all know that, within the G77 + China, there is a great diversity of political, economic, and cultural positions. This is our strength: unity through diversity. I know that different criteria exist within our Group, but I also know that, when we agree, there is no force that can stop us or detain us. This strength is like the unity of so many sardines before sharks. This is what happened at the last climate change meeting in Bonn from April 9th to 11th, at which we were slow to reach an agreement, but once we achieved consensus in the G77 + China, the rest of the developing countries had to submit to our consensus......

http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/

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Vía Campesina facing the COP 16

May 20, 2010 in Int'l Actions & Events

1. The capitalist model that prioritizes benefits for transnational corporations over those of the people and respect for nature is driving us towards the destruction of our planet. Transnational corporations are our common enemies, they are enemies of humanity.
 
The future of humanity is under threat. Industrial agriculture and livestock and the commercialized food system, along with the atmospheric contamination casued by these large industries, are what is provoking the climate crisis. The life, knowledge and culture of peasant and indigenous communities are at risk, and with them sufficient and healthy food production are at risk as well.

2. La Vía Campesina’s struggle is a different approach, which values and protects the knowledge, culture and role of peasant and indigenous small producers and family farms in food production. We are the solution to hunger in the world and our agriculture cools the planet.
 
Food sovereignty is the global alternative confronting the capitalist system and the multidimensional crisis it has generated (food crisis, biodiversity crisis, financial crisis, energy crisis), it is an alternative for society as a whole.

3. After the failure of the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Copenhagen (COP 15), the COP 16 will be held in Cancun, Mexico from  November 29th to December 10th, 2010. We do not doubt that the governments of the dominant countries, and their loyal allies in the South, are planning to meet again to continue profiting on the basis of false solutions – such as agrofuels and the carbon credits market – rather than addressing the real structural causes of the climate crisis, which is part of the current multifaceted crisis of capitalism.

4. We are in high spirits following the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which took place in Cochabamba, Bolivia this past April. The agreements affirm the rights of peasant and indigenous peoples, as well as the rights of Mother Earth herself, and demand that industrialized countries assume their historical responsibility for the climate crisis with real and drastic emissions cuts and the payment of their climate debt, among other things.
 
Cancun, Mexico will be a distinct field of battle from the one in which we derailed the WTO in 2003. So, we have made a call to create “Thousands of Cancuns” throughout the world and throughout Mexico, during the dates when the COP 16 will take place, in which we, the people, will show our complete disagreement with the false solutions of big capital and bad governments and our firm determination to struggle for the real solutions. We are calling for a process of struggle in which the basis will be the political positioning regarding the subject and the real alternatives.
 
In Cancun, La Vía Campesina and allies will construct an Alternative Forum and we  will mobilize to create a “sounding board” that will be heard and repeated in the  many other “Cancuns” that will take place. The task is to create many Cancuns so that  the real reason and the real promise of the struggle will spread throughout the entire world.

We propose starting now to impulse a process of constructing spaces and real articulations from organizations and social movements, and that we meet again leading up to August with constructed processes, from local and regional levels, to evaluate and consolidate the thousands of Cancuns. Today there are a number of  initiatives proposed leading up to the COP 16, but none of them represent us. In particular, La Vía Campesina distances itself from certain “self­convened” groups, and those who say they speak on behalf of social movements but who in reality are protagonists for their NGO. We want to construct processes and spaces so that more non­comformist voices can express their struggles. It is necessary to articulate, inform, organize and in this way from our struggles, from  our  bases, build a large world movement for Mother Earth.

We are for a real process of constructing spaces from the movements from below, along with good­hearted allies throughout the world and Mexico.
 
Peasants cool down the planet.
Globalize the struggle. Globalize hope!!!
 
Fraternally,
 
Henry Saragih  Alberto Gómez Flores
   
CONTACTOS:
La Vía Campesina Internacional
Phone: +62­21­7991890, Fax: +62­21­7993426
E­Mail: viacampesina@viacampesina.org  
 
La Vía Campesina Región Norteamérica
E­Mail: alberto.gomez@viacampesinanorteamerica.org
Phone Mobile: +52 55 41777846
E­Mail: enlace@viacampesinanorteamerica.org
Phone. +52 55 55843471 (México)

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/via-campesina-facing-the-cop-16/

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'capital' seems to be what the Biblical writers called 'mammon'.

The saying "You cannot serve both God and mammon" is found in the books of Luke and Matthew.  Both are based in a culture which considered all of life as sacred, shared by the people, and not to be appropriated by the rich nor their stewards.

In Luke the specific context is a parable of a land steward who renegotiates and cancels the peoples' debts.  Relationships are more important than contrived debts profitting a few.

In Matthew the saying followed a critique of 'storing up treasures'.  We are to 'seek first the kin-dom of God'.  Community is more important than mammon, community that is kin to the birds, the fields, and the wild greenery.

Steps are shared to return to and embrace the kin-dom at hand.

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Tough second week ahead for UN climate talks

June 7, 2010 in Press

Tough second week ahead for UN climate talks

June 7, 2010 in Press

(Martin Khor) – The past week saw the resumption of global climate talks in Bonn, with developed countries trying to evade their responsibilities while pushing the burden onto developing countries.

At this half way mark, with another week to go, there is some good news. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has re-established itself as the venue for negotiating an international deal on climate change.

The scars of the bruising and chaotic concluding days of the Copenhagen Conference are still there, casting an awkward shadow over the past week’s talks, with various countries referring to it in different ways.

But the good news is that all the countries, even those that clashed so strongly at Copenhagen and its aftermath, have been sitting together and talking to one another in a rather friendly way, even if they still disagree....

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/tough-second-week-ahead-for-un-cli...

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Delegation of Bolivia: Climate Negotiations – Agriculture

June 7, 2010 in Press

On the issues that need to be resolved for COP 16, it is essential that the policy framework for agriculture be appropriate for the purpose of addressing the climate crisis and to meet the interests of local communities, indigenous people and protect the environment.

This would require a change in provisions of trade agreements, loan and aid conditionality’s.

As well as stopping the unlawful practice of illegal subsidies and dumping, which distorts food prices affecting the food sovereignty and increasing the vulnerability of developing countries to climate change.

A work programme on agriculture must be founded on the recognition and promotion of food sovereignty as a vital part for agricultural transformation required to address the climate crisis. The concept of food sovereignty is to be understood as the right of people to control their own seeds, land, water and food production.

Finance on agriculture should not be directed to promote forms of agriculture that are harmful to nature or that only are linked with mitigation actions in certain tipe of regions in the world....

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/delegation-of-bolivia-climate-nego...

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Negotiations on track for 4 degrees

June 7, 2010 in Press

Civil Society Analysis of Climate Negotiations Warns

(Jubilee South) BONN, Germany – Today, civil society organizations from across the globe have released a statement analyzing the state of UN climate negotiations after one week of talks in Bonn – with the current state of the negotiations suggesting the world is on track for a 4 degree increase in temperatures by 2100.

The analysis reveals that there are grave concerns that the negotiations are headed toward a world with no meaningful international agreement to control climate change. Such a system would lead to 4 degrees of warming and catastrophic climate change impacts, according to an article in the scientific journal Nature....

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/negotiations-on-track-for-4-degrees/

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June 9, 2010

Toronto vs. Cochabamba
G20 to consolidate control over climate negotiations

by Cameron Fenton

MONTREAL—A small group of the wealthiest and largest carbon-polluting nations will use this summer’s G8 and G20 summits to advance an unjust global climate deal through unrepresentative, anti-democratic channels, say climate campaigners, Indigenous groups and representatives of nations in the global South.

According to documents released in February by the G20 Research Group—associated with the Munk Centre for International Studies—the European Union (EU) wants to “pursue a new deal on global warming through the G20, since the December 2009 Copenhagen conference of nearly 200 countries led to unwieldy negotiations that accomplished little.”.....

http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/3322

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Developing countries attack Chair’s new text at final session

June 14, 2010 in Press

(Meena Raman and Hilary Chiew) Developing countries expressed deep dismay and sharp criticisms over a new draft text of a global climate deal presented on the final day of the Bonn climate talks by the Chair of the working group following up on the Bali Action Plan of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The text represents a major setback for the developing countries as it eliminates or ignores many of the proposals of the G77 and China and its members, while elevating the positions of the developed countries, particularly the “Umbrella Group” that includes the United States, Japan, Russia, Australia and Canada that have been advocating much looser international regulation over the emissions of developed countries....

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/developing-countries-attack-chair%...

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Corporate Rule is not democracy? Whaaaaaa??

To see it in print almost gives me hope. Even better would be to see some concrete plans to achieve the reality behind the Big Five Questions, but it is a start.

One More Time:

1) Do you agree with reestablishing harmony with nature while recognizing the rights of the Mother Earth? YES or NO

2) Do you agree with changing this model of over-consumption and waste that represents capitalist system? YES or NO

3) Do you agree that developing countries reduce and reabsorb their domestic greenhouse gas emissions for temperature not to rise more than 1 degree Celsius? YES or NO

4) Do you agree with transferring all that is spent in wars and for allocating a budget bigger than used for defense to climate change? YES or NO

5) Do you agree with a Climate Justice Tribunal to judge those who destroy Mother Earth? YES or NO

 

K - I vote YES to all five Qs. It is great to see others here saying YES also, because this is actually very radical stuff.

One more Question: Where the heck is my Electric Car??

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The US Social Forum demanding to incorporate at negotiations process the proposal the World People´s Conference on Climate Change at negotiations on climate change

June 30, 2010 in News

The US Social Forum´s Ecojustice Peoples Movement Assembly just wrapped up in Detroit.  Peoples as participants from diverse social movements throughout North America, join the global people’s movement for Mother Earth, demanding that North American federal governments and the United Nations climate change negotiations be inclusive, transparent, and equitable, and incorporate the proposals presented by the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. (Cochabamba, Bolivia in April 2010).

This forum supported the “living well,” in harmony with each other and with Mother Earth.  Also, support the process, conclusions to embrace the Cochabamba People’s Accord and the Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth.....

http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/the-us-social-forum-demanding-to-i...