7th December 2010: Thousands of Cancúns for Climate Justice!
Called by La Via Campesina .
Before and during the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Cancún, but especially on the 7th December.
La Via Campesina are calling on social movements, popular organizations and all people of the world to organize on December 7, 2010, thousands of protests and actions to reject the false and market-based solutions.
The call for action focuses on the danger of false solutions and market-based solutions dominating the UNFCCC talks that will take place in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of the year. For example, the “Clean Development Mechanism” (CDM) under the Kyoto protocol allows countries to continue polluting and consuming as usual, while paying low prices supposedly so that developing countries reduce their emissions. What actually occurs is that companies profit doubly: to contaminate and to sell false solutions. The demands made in the call include: Defend land and forest rights, Reject geoengineering, Reject all carbon trading schemes and Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM), Reject any participation of the World Bank.
La Via Campesina call for the application of thousands of people’s solutions to climate change, to support the solutions which do exist, stressing the need for millions and millions of peasant communities and indigenous territories to feed humanity and cool the planet.
Together with diverse organizations, La Via Campesina will set up the Alternative Global Forum “For life, and environmental and social justice” in Cancun during the dates of the COP16. This will unite the force and resistance of peasant peoples of the world, who are already cooling the planet.
La Via Campesina are also calling for thousands of local actions around the world before and during the COP16, focusing on December 7th.
How you can get involved:
- Start planning now for climate justice events (demonstrations, actions, public meetings, peoples’ assemblies, around the time of the COP16, and make links with other environmental and social movements (including local sections of La Via Campesina).
- These events can be used to push for national climate legislation and other climate justice demands, in press work and public outreach before, during and after the event.
- The events could be a place to showcase personal stories from the climate justice toolkit which you have collected at local or national level, or using other stories from across Europe.