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

CORPORATE-SMART GREENWASH: WHY WE REJECT THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE ON CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE

SEPTEMBER 2014

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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10 things that are wrong with this approach to “equity”

Ever since our own Anjali Appadurai stood before world leaders at the 2011 Durban climate talks to demand “equity now,” echoing a longstanding demand of climate justice movements across the world, there has been an increasing use of the word in discussions on international climate change policy. The idea of equity is contested, as everyone from social movement leaders to former Heads of State tries to get a slice of the action. Everyone is touting their vision of how equity, and therefore climate justice, can be operationalized at the international level in the negotiation of a new global clime agreement. They’re trying to put in practice in 2015 what the Convention set out in principle in 1992. What many academics and advocates are attempting, at least nominally, is to figure out how to fairly determine each countries’ responsibility for emissions reductions in order to meet an aggregate global goal of emissions reductions that limits the planet to a safe[1] level of warming. Read more…

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 www.zackembree.com

Photo credit Zack Embree – see www.zackembree.com

Photo credit Zach Embree - see www.zackembree.com

Photo credit Zach Embree – see www.zackembree.com

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Contra viento y marea: la primera preCOP social en Venezuela

por Maria Alejandra Escalante 

(English version here)

El gobierno de Venezuela, criticado por muchos y polémico en el ámbito internacional, se tomó el esfuerzo de hacer algo que no muchos otros gobiernos harían hoy en día: llevar a más de 130 grupos de organizaciones sociales tanto venezolanas como internacionales y a representantes de movimientos sociales a Isla Margarita por una semana (lista completa de invitados). Además de disfrutar del sol, los mariscos, el mar y las orquestas de salsa, todas aquellos que volaron a través del mundo para estar juntos, activistas sociales y ambientalistas tanto de comunidades de base como parte ONGs que llevan como bandera la justicia climática, se dedicaron a trabajar en la construcción de una nueva visión de sociedad, una sociedad más igualitaria, menos consumista, menos destructora de todo lo que nos rodea.

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Photo credit Zach Embree – see www.zackembree.com

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Photo credit Zach Embree – see www.zackembree.com

 

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We Need to Talk About Adaptation

by khristian méndez //

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As the President of Guatemala walked out the room, the First National Congress on Climate Change came to an end. Behind the President, Otto Pérez Molina, came a parade of political figures: the Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, the President of the Guatemalan Congress, a German Ambassador, and several other local and political authorities. Of course, they were swarmed by the participants, some of whom eagerly shook hands with them. I took the elevator down to the fourth floor, and Mr. President  Afterwards, all 500+ participants disbanded into the city, carrying the sting of words and ideas we had come across in the past day and a half.

The third and final day of the Congress saw a lot of statements by government authorities and scientists, most of whom repeated Business As Usual things around climate change (in addition to shift responsibilities between private sector and civil society), so I’ll spare you and skip to the interesting bits.

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