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We want system change not climate change

logo-eurovia.pngPress Release, Brussels 4 March 2015

Today, the European Coordination of Via Campesina (ECVC), brought together over 50 farmers, MEPs, and representatives of the European Commission for the ‘Climate change: Peasant answers´ conference in Brussels. This follows the General Assembly of the European Coordination Via Campesina, where representatives of 28 European farming organisations met for 3 days to discuss the strategy and priorities of the movement. With new members joining and an increasing participation of young people, this assembly highlights the increasing relevance and power of ECVC in fields and farms across Europe.

 In 2015 ECVC will denounce the false solutions to climate change offered by climate smart agriculture and the green economyWe affirm that it is peasant and small-scale farmers, using agro-ecological methods, who are the solution to the climate crisis. This is the message that we will take to the 21st Climate Conference in Paris this December and this is why we will continue to resist the negotiation of bilateral ´free-trade´ agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by the European Commission.

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An Exchange for Promoters of Agroecology, Traditional Wisdom and Respect for Mother Earth

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United States of America, Florida: February 5, 2015 

The Farmworker Association of Florida (La Asociación Campesina de Florida Asosiyasyon Travayè Latè nan Florid), along with Rural Coalition and La Vía Campesina, is very proud to announce the CAMPESINO-A-CAMPESINO AGROECOLOGY ENCUENTRO: A Collaborative Learning Exchange for Promoters of Agroecology, Traditional Wisdom and Respect for Mother Earth! It will take place at the Campesinos' Gardens in February 13-14 in Fellsmere, FL and February 15-16 in Florida City, FL.

It is an innovative community based projects born out of a 20-year social movement which has its origins in Mesoamerica, and which hinges on the idea that everyone has the right to healthy, fresh, culturally-appropriate foods and that small and peasant farmers, through agroecological, practice sustainable agriculture rooted in traditional wisdom to feed their communities and heal Mother Earth.

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The Heat Is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015_lima_march_20142.jpg"There's absolutely nothing smart about it," said Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, a Haitian Via Campesina leader who coordinates the movement's work around climate change, in a critical workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture in Lima. "The climate crisis is rooted in capitalism, which is also in crisis as an economic system," he explained. "Entrepreneurs are trying to emerge from this crisis, and as a way of doing so are creating green capitalism, of which Climate-Smart Agriculture is typical." 

By: Salena Tramel

new report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indisputably confirms what many scientists had predicted: 2014 is officially the hottest year on record. And this past year is not an anomaly -- the previous 10 hottest years on the books have all occurred since 1998. This announcement adds to the urgency expressed just last month in Lima, where political leaders and business tycoons from around the world met for the 20th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The gathering in Peru was historic in that it was the last time the decision-making body would meet before COP 21 in Paris next December, where an international and legally binding agreement on climate will be signed.

However, growing movements of those on the frontlines of climate disruption argue that the high-level political remedies touted at venues such as the COP amount to false promises and leave out marginalized voices. Via Campesina is perhaps the most prominent of these movements, with more than 250 million peasant, pastoralist, and indigenous members from around the world. Along with allies ranging from labor to environmental networks, Via Campesina organized the Cumbre de los Pueblos (Peoples Summit) in its own grassroots rendition of the COP 20 process in Lima to promote bottom-up solutions to the climate crisis and refute the corporate-driven and exclusionary nature of the official negotiations.

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Stop the Free Trade Agreements

logo-eurovia.pngDEFEND EMPLOYMENT, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, PEASANT FARMING AND LIFE OF ALL TERRITORIES!

Citizen mobilization prevented a multilateral free-trade agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO), in particular for agricultural products. In response, the European Union (EU) is going to negotiate bilateral free-trade agreements in all directions. They would like to drive agriculture and the food industry to the most unbridled heights of liberalism. Download the brochure to read more! DEFEND EMPLOYMENT, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, PEASANT FARMING AND LIFE OF ALL TERRITORIES!

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