exploring the impacts of monoculture eucalyptus plantations on local
people and the environment in Brazil.
Pollution does not differentiate between borders or location; it is a global problem. Yet, the effects of climate change have greater impacts on countries in the Global South and especially on Indigenous Peoples, small farming-based communities and women around the globe. However, the wealthiest countries in the world, in particular their corporate and political elites, are those most responsible for the climate crises.
Climate justice movements are diverse, but a fundamental principle lies at the heart: the recognition that the threats posed by climate change are a consequence of unequal economic and social power relations.
In this regard, climate justice movements are struggling for territories, forests, water, cultures, food sovereignty, collective rights, gender equalities, free movement for people, self-determination, among many others. Struggles that place “justice” at the center, supporting real, community-led solutions to the climate crises which are found in the practices and knowledge of those who have always protected and fought for defending their environments and livelihoods.
By looking at the economic and political processes of the world system that are causing the climate disruption, climate justice movements mainly seek to stop resource-intensive industrial production, to “leave fossil-fuels in the ground, coal in the hole and the tar sands in the lands”, and to bring to a halt the market mantra of constant accumulation and enclosures which bring huge inequalities and injustices to the peoples of the world.
When looking inside the climate debates, grassroots-based climate justice movements aim to prevent empty discourses based on carbon abstractions and calculations that are detached from reality. So-called “technology fixes” are unproven experiments that allow polluters to continue business as usual and delay any real change. The same applies to the market-based climate “solutions” being promoted by the UN, the World Bank, corporate lobbies, mainstream conservation NGOs, and many governments, which exacerbate local environmental and social conflicts.
Every time we hear about a “climate solution”, we need to ask ourselves the following questions; Who is benefiting and who is being damaged? How can this affect the local environment and communities on the ground? Where does climate justice play a role?
An important element of climate justice is to ensure that the “solutions” do not compound other existing inequalities, for example by encouraging land appropriation (in the case of agrofuels, large dams and forestry policies), or do not use climate change to re-legitimize unfair practices in other policy domains (as in the case of certain security and migration policies).
Documental: "Toxic Amazon: The Murder of ZÚ Claudio e Maria"Sunday, 02 June 2013 | Proyección y debate del Documental: "Toxic Amazon: The Murder of Zé Claudio e Maria" (English)
Dirección del evento: Centre Cívic Convent de Sant Agustí, Sala Noble, Carrer Comerç, 36, CP. 08003 Barcelona (Barcelona)
Fecha: Miércoles 5 de junio a las 19.30 horas.
Tipo de entrada: Libre y gratuita
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- Felipe Milanez, co-director... Read More
Protest Coal Biomass Conversions!Monday, 22 April 2013 | Biofuelwatch 24 April, 2013London, UK
In July 2012, Drax confirmed that it plans to convert half of its capacity to burning biomass – this will make Drax by far the biggest biomass-burning power station in the world. If this goes ahead, Drax will be burning pellets made from up to 15.8 million tonnes of biomass – nearly all of it wood – every year. Since the UK’s total wood production is only 10 million tonnes a year, virtually all of the wood Drax needs will have to be... Read More
Please sign-on a statement of solidarity to Open Letter from Acre/Brazil on REDDThursday, 18 April 2013 | World Rainforest Movement
The state of California is in the final stages of deciding whether or not to accept offset credits from REDD offset projects in Acre into the California cap-and-trade system. A working group set up to make recommendations on the issue to the CA government supported such an inclusion (the composition of the WG participants was far from balanced or without bias). Conservation organisations in the US and in Brazil as well as Acre state government officials are lobbying heavily for such an inclusion of REDD offset credits from Acre into the CA carbon trading scheme. They argue strongly... Read More
Cineforum AgroecologicFriday, 15 March 2013 | Les Horteres de la Ribera
S’acosta la primaverai amb ella, una activitat que teníem moltes ganes de fer (i la primera del grup de treball de relacions!) Des del 15 de març i fins el 19 d’abril, (excepte el 29 de març, setmana santa) us convidem a passar les tardes de divendres compartint una sèrie de documentals que, si no s’han vist, s’han de veure (i si ja s’han vist, cal tornar-los a veure col·lectivament).
Volem convidar a coopes, horts urbans, productores, col·lectius i veïnes en general a aprofitar aquestes... Read More