Youth`s almost intervention at the first day of SBSTA

Yesterday, Aneesa Khan was going to speak on behalf of the youth constituency at the opening of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The youth is given only two minutes to speak at the opening and closing of negotiations. This time, however, the chair did not even leave enough time for the intervention to be read. We are posting it here as we consider the messages key and valuable for COP20.


Thank you, chair.

My name is Aneesa and I speak on behalf of those who will live long enough to experience your legacy.

Climate change isn’t my future, it is affecting me now. Weak vows, broken promises, low levels of ambition and high levels of passivity have led to the deplorable state of efforts to control climate change today. It is time for things to be done differently. We, the youth, believe its possible.

For a real change, we need to shift our focus away from false solutions like Carbon Markets. Carbon Markets shift responsibility and burden away from developed nations through the offsetting mechanism which is riddled with fraud and human rights abuses.

It is uncertain whether markets will actually deliver what they promise. Will the UNFCCC be a place for real solutions or for making profits?

Parties are pushing once more for flexibility using a centralized carbon trading platform under FVA and NMM to avoid their historical responsibilities. In One year, SBSTA and all parties should agree on a moratorium on failed carbon trading mechanisms and take up real non-market solutions, such as the globally funded feed in tariff scheme and carbon taxes.

REDD+ lacks effective monitoring and safeguards. Emissions accountability is converted into offsetting and buyouts as opposed to reductions and change. This is yet another false solution.

Interests of nations and transnational corporations are financially involved and invested in land use that demolishes the livelihoods of forest, land-based and indigenous communities.

Acknowledgement of these peoples and proposals for climate smart approaches are insufficient and not enough. It is mandatory that the voices and lives of those working on the ground are at the forefront of a just and equitable approach to land use.

Knowledge and technology will play a key part in future solutions so it is important to ensure we do it right. We need a platform or mechanism for sharing technology and knowledge. It must allow multidirectional sharing but also ensure contributions based on  Equity and Common But Differentiated Responsibilities.

Countries and communities need to have access to information and technology in order to find effective solutions for adaptation and mitigation, and existing barriers such as Intellectual Property Rights need to be replaced or refined to ensure this happens.

We demand a fair and just agreement as well as bold and immediate action to halt climate change. We will remain vigilant, and we will not hesitate to raise our voice if you do anything different.

We have said what we have to say, it is time for you to do what you must do.

Thank you.



EL ADP: la gran batalla de la COP20 Lima

por Klever Descarpontriez & Maria Alejandra Escalante (con la colaboración de muchos amigos)

Los impactos del cambio climático no tienen paciencia con la lentitud de los progresos en las negociaciones intergubernamentales y la muy limitada cantidad de acciones que se están tomando para detener el calentamiento global. Ya estamos viviendo los impactos: el aumento del nivel del mar ha desplazado a las comunidades insulares de Bangladesh, las sequías han disminuido en un 50% la producción agrícola en Guatemala, tifones han cobrado la vida de cientos de personas en las Filipinas, los glaciares andinos peruanos siguen derritiéndose, y la lista de los impactos colaterales como la pérdida de la biodiversidad, la deforestación y la desertificación, entre otros….sigue y sigue.

Estas manifestaciones son sólo la punta del iceberg. A la fecha, la temperatura mundial ya se ha incrementado en un 0,8 ℃ desde el comienzo del siglo XX, y los países ya están experimentando enormes penurias y dificultades para hacer frente a los impactos. El mundo necesita reglas estrictas que vengan de arriba hacia abajo, reglas radicales que sean adoptadas por los gobiernos en la Conferencia Marco de las Naciones Unidas contra el Cambio Climático (UNFCCC por sus siglas en inglés). Durante este año que viene, el deber que tienen los gobiernos es hacer que las emisiones de carbono lleguen a su pico para el año 2017 con el fin de tener un 50% de probabilidades de permanecer por debajo de un aumento de 2 ℃ de la temperatura global. Para que esto suceda, los principales contaminadores tienen que escalar dramáticamente sus esfuerzos de mitigación para que coincidan con el nivel de ambición que se necesita (visiten esta página web para entender más acerca de los usos justos del espacio atmosférico desde una perspectiva de justicia climática). Si los objetivos de reducción de emisiones no se cumplen a su debido tiempo, entonces, deberíamos comenzar a aceptar la idea de un mundo en el que eventos catastróficos, como que los pequeños estados insulares desaparezcan causando migraciones masivas de refugiados climáticos, se conviertan en nuestra sombría y común realidad.

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ADP: the biggest fight at COP20 Lima


by Klever Descarpontriez & Maria Alejandra Escalante(and many friends)

Climate change impacts show no patience with the slow pace of progress at the intergovernmental negotiations and the very limited amount of actions being taken to halt global warming. We are already facing the impacts: sea level rise has displaced island communities in Bangladesh, droughts have decreased yields by 50% in Guatemala, typhoons have taken the lives of hundreds in the Philippines, Peruvian Andean glaciers keep melting, and the list of collateral impacts like loss of biodiversity, deforestation, and desertification goes on and on.

These manifestations are just the tip of the iceberg. To the date, the global temperature has already increased by 0.8℃ since the 1900s, and countries are already experiencing tremendous hardships and difficulties coping with the impacts. The world needs strict, radical, top-down rules coming from the governments at the UNFCCC. During this next year, their duty is to make global carbon emissions peak by 2017 in order to have a 50% chance to stay below a 2℃ increase of global temperatures. For this to happen, major polluters have to dramatically ramp up their mitigation efforts and match the level of ambition that is needed  (check out this website to understand more about the fair uses of atmospheric space from a climate justice perspective). If emission reduction targets are not met by their due time, then, we should start accepting the idea of a world where catastrophic events, like small island states disappearing causing massive migrations of climate refugees, becomes our bleak common reality.

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[earth] Along Civil Society Organizations Reject the Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture



We, the undersigned civil society organisations, hereby manifest our rejection of the proposed Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture to be launched at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Leaders’ Summit. This proposed alliance is a deceptive and deeply contradictory initiative.

Food producers and providers – farmers, fisherfolk, and pastoralists – together with our food systems are on the front lines of climate change. We know that urgent action must be taken to cool the planet, to help farming systems – and particularly small-scale farmers – adapt to a changing climate, and to revive and reclaim the agroecological systems on which future sustainable food production depends.


We support agroecological practices as a method to adapt to climate change impacts

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Against all odds: first social preCOP in Venezuela

by Maria Alejandra Escalante 

(Spanish version here)

Venezuela’s government, controversial and criticized by many in the international arena, made the effort to do something that not many other governments would do today: invite more than 130 groups both of Venezuelan and international social organizations and representatives of social movements to Margarita Island for a week (full list of guests). Besides enjoying the sun, the seafood, the ocean and salsa bands, all those who flew across the world to be together, social activists and environmentalists both from grassroots groups and NGOs who carry the banner of climate justice in their fights, devoted their days to work on the construction of a new vision of society, a more egalitarian one, less consumerist, less destructive of all around us.

Photo credit Zack Embree - see

Photo credit Zack Embree – see

Photo credit Zach Embree - see

Photo credit Zach Embree – see

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