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Climate change and agrofuels

Peasant agriculture is a true solution to the climate crisis

La Via Campesina call to action for COP21 in Paris

AFICHE INGLES COP.jpgClimate disruptions this year have again caused widespread hunger, migration and the worsening of living conditions for millions of rural families, especially women and youth. While small farmers around the world continue to produce the food most people eat, glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, species of plants and animals are disappearing daily, islands and nations are being reclaimed by oceans, soils are eroding and forests igniting, and catastrophic events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis are becoming commonplace. Meanwhile, the global food system imposed on people by Transnational Corporations (TNCs) is both a total failure and one of the main causes of the human-induced climate crisis – dependent on fossil fuels to produce, transform and transport, it is responsible for an estimated 44 to 57% of all global greenhouse emissions1. Instead of nutritious food for the world's people, TNCs have produced hunger and obesity, land grabs and rural displacement, and a climate crisis they now hope to cash in on with false solutions sold at the United Nations.

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New infographic on climate disruption and agriculture

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Here is a new infographic from the Confederation Paysanne, explaining how industrial agriculture is contributing to climate disruption, and how small-scale agroecology farming can cool the plant and feed the people without compromising our future. Download here and share it as we prepare for COP21 

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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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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Peasant and Small-Scale Agriculture vs. Climate-Smart Agriculture

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_agricultura_campesina_ya_20141.JPGA delegation from the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organisations (CLOC) and the Via Campesina International participated in the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change in Lima, which culminated, on December 10th, in a march of 10,000 people through the centre of the city.  At the closing ceremony, Diego Montón, the representative of the CLOC Secretariat, declared, “We, women and men, peasants and small farmers, have a long history of struggle. We have been struggling against evictions, against land clearances, against the large mining companies that pollute our water, against the contamination that is caused by toxic chemical inputs, against the destruction of our food production systems.” 

Furthermore, Montón added, “We leave here with a task ahead of us ... we have to see that all over the world our peoples are in the streets - saying No to capitalism and Yes to our proposal, which is Good Living (Buen Vivir), which is popular socialism, a model in which life, diversity, culture, and pluralism take precedence over capital and money.”

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Food sovereignty: 5 steps to cool the planet and feed its people

La Via Campesina and GRAIN

How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis

Between 44% and 57% of all GHG emissions come from the global food system

1. Deforestation: 15-18%

deforestation 2014.jpgBefore the planting starts, the bulldozers do their job. Worldwide, industrial agriculture is pushing into savannas, wetlands and forests, ploughing under huge amounts of land. The FAO says the expansion of the agricultural frontier accounts for 70-90% of global deforestation, at least half of that for the production of a few agricultural commodities for export. Agriculture's contribution to deforestation thus accounts for 15-18% of global GHG emissions.

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Presentation to the inaugural of PSAARC in Kathmandu, Nepal

Dated 22-24 November 2014

By Badrul Alam, Co-ordinator of the South Asian climate Justice Caravan and President of Bangladesh Krishok Federation; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dear Madam Chair, distinguished guests speakers and respectable audience. Heartiest congratulations to all of you on behalf of South Asian Climate Justice Caravan! I would like to share with you the experience of the caravan that we have already done.

The caravan started from Dhaka, Bangladesh on 10th of November 2014 with 160 participants from different countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Sweden and New Zealand. We arrived in Kathmandu yesterday evening. Today is the 13th day of our long overland journey. The caravan hosts include Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Bangladesh Kishani Sabha, Bangladesh Adivasi Samity, Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labor Federation, Ekattra in Bangladesh; National Hawkers Federation, Informal Sector Workers' Action Alliance and Jana Sanghati Kendra in India; All Nepal Peasants Federation in Nepal.

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