Food Justice: What’s at Stake in Paris?

guest blog by Doreen Stabinsky, Professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic.

Five key fights at the UNFCCC:

The build-up to the December Paris climate summit is focusing world attention on the issue of climate change. In the process, there is significant opportunity to raise and highlight justice issues that lie at the intersection of climate change and food – for example, the fact that climate change will threaten the right to food, with the gravest impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable, through devastating impacts on food production. A second critical issue to highlight is the central role played by industrial systems of agricultural production in causing climate change, in particular through massive emissions from industrial meat production, production and use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, and large-scale monocultures of commodities shipped around the world.

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No justice in Lima Outcome

Declaración de los grupos miembros de Justicia Climática que participaron en la COP, emitido la ultima noche de las negociaciones en rechazo al resultado de Lima. Versión en español disponible en la segunda parte de este blog. 

No Justice in Lima Outcome (English)

This is the statement prepared by CJ groups inside COP20 and published the last night of negotiations in rejection to the outcome of Lima negotiations.

The world faces a planetary emergency: climate change, caused by a system that puts the pursuit of profit above the needs of people and the limits of nature. It is already devastating millions of people across the planet. Climate science predicts we will soon breach critical tipping points and could be locked in to 4-5°c of warming with catastrophic impacts for us all. Read more…

Negotiators walking between the location of the two plenaries.

Will the global climate talks address the challenges for agriculture?

Originally posted on December 8, 2014, in the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Think Forward blog.

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), a body under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), started on Monday, at the General Army Headquarters in Lima, Peru. With almost 30 tents set up across the premises, and thousands of representatives from governments and observer organizations running between plenaries, contact groups, and side events, the climate change negotiations are in full throttle. Read more…

[Earth] intervention at the SBI closing session

On December 5, Maria Escalante of [Earth] delivered the SBI closing session intervention for Climate Justice Now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdofYWXumxw&feature=youtu.be

On a day where UNEP has confirmed that the cost of adaptation is continuing to rise, and could become $500 billion per year or much higher by 2050, we have to register our deep disappointment and anger at the paltry sums thus far offered by the rich countries.

You have money for wars and fossil fuels, but very little for adaptation finance. This disregard for your moral and legal responsibility forces developing countries to finance their own adaptation effort rather than other priorities. We demand support for the preparation and implementation of NAPs.

As I have seen in my country, Colombia, and as we keep seeing in the Philippines, there are limits to adaptation. Beyond those limits, there are impacts. Loss and damage is an issue of today — the Warsaw Mechanism must be fully operationalized at this session so it can be incorporated into the 2015 agreement.

 

Escuchando sus voces: La Cumbre de los Pueblos

Poderes políticos en las negociaciones de la Conferencia de las Partes tienden a ignorar las demandas de la sociedad civil, la gente, el pueblo, y sus derechos sobre a lo que el cambio climático se refiere.

La Cumbre de los Pueblos es un espacio en el que estos grupos marginalizados, que tienden a ser más susceptibles a los impactos climáticos, se juntan para hablar sobre su lucha. Granjeros, uniones, organizaciones sociales, indígenas, mujeres jóvenes (a nivel nacional, regional y global) se han unido para demandar justicia climática y pelear en contra de modelos de consumo y extractivismo que, junto con los sistemas del capitalismo y el neoliberalismo del mundo actual, estan dañando a la Tierra.

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