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Peasant Agroecology can feed humanity and cool the planet. Food Sovereignty is the only solution to defend the right of the peoples to Climate Justice.
Last Friday, November 3 at 6pm in Bonn (Germany), the 2017 Peoples' Climate Summit began, opening an important space for dialogue for social movements to propose alternatives and solutions for the global climate crisis. This summit concluded on November 7 and brought together thousands of delegates and environmental activists from around the world.
This year alone, there have been several disasters due to the accentuation of the impacts caused by climate change, whose magnitude and intensity are unprecedented: hurricanes, floods, tropical storms, droughts, heat waves and other forms of natural disasters. The most affected were the peasants worldwide, the poor, rural workers, fishermen and women, indigenous peoples, particularly women and youth.
Tragically, many people have been forced to migrate, leaving their home and livelihoods behind. There is too much at stake around the measures we must take:
“Humanity is at a crossroads. The path you choose will determine your own survival. We are producing nuclear waste that we will not be able to eliminate for a million years! We are reorienting the planet's climate to a state that existed millions of years ago. Our generation is operating an unjust and inhuman change. Our actions have consequences not only for our generation but also for future generations that have not contributed to the climate crisis. For rural women and men around the world, climate change is a matter of survival. We must stop climate change! ”Says Ulf Allhoff-Cramer from the Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (AbL).
Faced with this growing crisis, the governments of the world respond with "false" solutions aimed at maintaining business as usual, that is, preserving and expanding the markets of transnational corporations. These false solutions, such as carbon capture and storage, the creation of carbon markets, so-called “climate-smart” agriculture, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), and geoengineering , among other things, it further degrades the quality of life on Earth. In addition, they do not respect the requirements demanded by science and justice. Therefore, we must ensure that the voices of the People are heard at all levels of the UN COP 23.
“More than ever, the voice of the People needs to be heard. We urgently need to mobilize with civil society to promote true solutions based on food sovereignty, which allows the planet to cool down and increase democratic control of energy production at the local level. We must change the system so that the system does not continue to change the climate "says Paula Gioia who is part of the coordinating committee of La Via Campesina International representing the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC).
La Via Campesina - the world's largest peasant movement - is represented at the Citizen Climate Summit by delegates from East Timor, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Brazil, Puerto Rico, the United States, Canada, France and Belgium. Collaborating with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (AbL) - a member organization of LVC in Germany - as well as with other allies of social movements and NGOs.
The program includes plenary sessions, a people's court for the rights of nature and demonstrations in the streets. Many issues will be discussed, among others: peasant agroecology, food sovereignty, climate justice, the just transition to build local economies and the collective effort to cool the planet. Important topics such as the rights of migrants in the context of the climate crisis will also be discussed.
On Saturday 4th, LVC participated in a massive mobilization to end coal mining. On Sunday November 5, “Ende Gelände” participated in the action. Here you can download the complete calendar of our activities (only in English).
AbL: Ulf Allhoff-Cramer: +49 172 522 6232 (DE)
La Via Campesina: Paula Gioia: [email protected] +49 152 057 64 591 (EN, ES, DE)