Working Towards Another Green Revolution…the Ultimate Downfall of 4 per 1000

By Sara Velander and Jenna Farineau

There are a considerable amount of false solutions out in the world currently. You know – the “green solutions” that multinational corporations promote in their annual sustainability reports. Or the resilience projects that governments boast about during high-level conferences hosted by their town, city, or country. The types of solutions that look so innocent and honorable on the outside but are in reality the antithesis of their underlying goals and morals.

What Jenna and Sara experienced today was one of the extremes of these types of “solutions” to the greatest challenge our population faces today: climate change, a natural and anthropogenic process that is inherently linked to capitalism, terrorism, poverty, and inequity. Today did not just mark the second day of pivotal climate negotiations, but also was the official launch of the 4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate Initiative. It was a 2.5-hour side event hosted by the French Pavilion and moderated by the General Director for the Economic and Environmental Performance of Enterprises, Ministry for Agriculture, Food Processing Industry and Forestry. Continue reading “Working Towards Another Green Revolution…the Ultimate Downfall of 4 per 1000”

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. Continue reading “No justice in Lima Outcome”

Al Gore, in the bag !

It is Thursday of the second and last week at the climate negotiation in Lima. As always after a quick and minimalist breakfast in our hostel I walk the three blocks down to arrive to one of the special shuttle-bus stands, at which some of the ten thousand conference participants take the daily route to arrive at the conference’s convergence space. On the bus, right before putting on my headphones, I eavesdrop a conversation of two men in beautiful suits sitting right in front of me. They are talking in Spanish about the different possible words Kerry might Continue reading “Al Gore, in the bag !”

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. Continue reading “Will the global climate talks address the challenges for agriculture?”

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.

Continue reading “Escuchando sus voces: La Cumbre de los Pueblos”