At COP20, the global labor federation calls for decisive climate action to keep warming below 2 degrees, promote equality and defend workers’ rights
The science is definitive. The dangers are real and increasingly obvious. So why is there so little action to stop catastrophic climate change?
Global poverty is much worse than the UN’s spin doctored story. The global poverty headcount has increased, and the triumphalist narrative is a lie.
Least Developed Countries warn that if substantial progress isn’t made this year, the Paris climate meeting is likely to be another failure
At the climate talks in Warsaw, rich countries stalled, poor countries walked out, and climate justice activists chanted ‘The Philippines, Pakistan, New Orleans: Change the System, Not the Climate.’
The Anthropocene epoch requires us to rage against the few anthropods who are making a killing off of the extraction and burning of fossil fuels at the expense of the human race.
As continents burn and extreme weather accelerates, three of the world’s richest countries are leading the fight to do nothing about greenhouse gas emissions
“Socialism, this is the direction, this is the path to save the planet, I don’t have the least doubt. Capitalism is the road to hell, to the destruction of the world.”
“We did not come here to turn the climate into a business, or to protect businesses of them who want to continue aggravating the climate crisis, destroying Mother Earth. We came here to protect the future of humanity.”
The international peasant movement denounces the use of the climate negotiations to legitimize business as usual at the expense of humanity and the planet, and rejects false capitalist solutions that will only worsen the climate and food crises.
When the handmaidens of the 1% meet, don’t expect progressive results
The countries most responsible for climate change have broken their promises to help the poorest countries cope with it
Diego Pacheco, head of the Bolivian delegation to CBD: “Everything connected with nature is being commodified, putting at risk the livelihoods of indigenous and local people, and of the common goods.”
Pablo Solon and Walden Bello: The biggest polluters don’t want a climate agreement. Their public disagreements mask a common desire to continue destructive policies at home and around the world.
The “Green Economy” treats the economy as more important than the ecological system on which the economy depends. Nature is redefined as “natural capital” as a prelude to more intense exploitation.
Patrick Bond: The Rio+20 Earth Summit under way this week in Brazil is devoted to advancing the ‘Green Economy,’ which is the environmentalism of the rich. For most people and the planet, it will be a disaster.
Declaration of the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Climate Change against REDD+. “Under the Green Economy, even the rain, the beauty of a waterfall or a honey bee’s pollen will be reduced to a barcode price tag and sold to the highest bidder.”
La Via Campesina position paper: We oppose the commercialization of the earth, our territories, water, seeds, food, nature, and human life. We repudiate and denounce the green economy as a new mask to hide increasing levels of corporate greed and food imperialism
The official meetings in Rio will avoid concrete action … but outside those sessions, this is an important opportunity to forge essential unity between the left and serious environmentalists.
Pablo Solon: Instead of applying market rules to Nature, we need to forge a new system We must change the capitalist system, not the Earth system.