Climate change and agrofuels

National Farmers Union to be part of climate change solutions in Manitoba

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(Deleau, MB, February 1, 2016) - The National Farmer Union (NFU) is working with the Manitoba government to develop new ways for the province’s farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and to reduce the impacts of climate change on our farms. The NFU, along with other organizations and sectors, is participating in a wide-ranging project to address climate change, initiated by the Manitoba Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship and funded by the provincial government through the Climate Change Action Fund.

“The research we are about to undertake will provide a solid foundation for policy recommendations to support farmers’ role in making agriculture more climate-friendly,” said Ian Robson, NFU Region 5 (Manitoba) Coordinator. “We are in an excellent position to look at the big picture of climate and agriculture and help make agriculture policy that addresses the farm, the community, rural and urban people so that the food system supports a vibrant standard of living that is environmentally sustainable.”

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System Change Grounded in Food Sovereignty at the 2015 Climate Talks in Paris

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-01-27-NFU_pic.jpgFirst published by NFU blog January 24, 2016

by Terran Giacomini, NFU Associate Member

I participated in La Vía Campesina’s international delegation to the United Nations climate meeting (COP21) in Paris, France, from December 5 to 12, 2015.  It was evident that social movement activism is helping us move swiftly and peacefully away from fossil capitalism, with its climate crises, and toward a new social order that prioritizes food and energy sovereignty.

The activism in Paris emphasized three key themes:

(1) social movements are focused on system change and not on ‘green’ capitalist reform;

(2) the movements are converging and strengthening unity with one another and;

(3) women are widely recognized to be on the frontlines of the system-change struggle, especially indigenous women and women of colour.

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Which way after Paris Agreement?

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann (First published on 13/12/15 by New Internationalist)

La Via Campesina’s agroecology and food sovereignty offers one possible path toward climate justice, writes Marienna Pope-Weidemann in part one of this two part series.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-01-campesina-compressor.jpgIn 2007, a man named Keno was killed with two bullets to the chest at point blank range near the Iguagu National Park in Brazil. He was one of many farmers peacefully occupying a GMO research plant to protest the imposition of an industrial agricultural system that had no place for them. The men who murdered him were part of a private militia working for the Syngenta biotech corporation. They perpetrated what the courts would later describe as an attempted ‘massacre’ to, in Syngenta’s chilling words: ‘propagate the idea that every action results in a reaction.’

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Climate Change effects on Palestinians are double

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-01-06-UAWC_CC.jpg(Ramallah, January 2016)- the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, within its participation in COP 21, which was held in Paris in December 2015, confirmed that Climate Change's effects on Palestinians are double because of the Israeli occupation's theft of our natural resources.

Hiba Al-Jibeihi, UAWC's advocacy coordinator, had the opportunity to network with various delegations, and mainly, gave a speech about Palestinian's current situation, related to the climate problems that everybody is facing. Indeed, Palestinians farmers are suffering from the rising temperatures like everybody else, but their situation is way worse if we take in consideration the small amount of available resources that they have left. Thus, this speech explains daily life of Palestinian agriculture, and specially tackles gender equity issues from the perspective of performativity theory.

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COP21: La Via Campesina brings peasant voices to People’s Climate Summit

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_COP_Salena_1.jpg"We are the main victims of climate change—victims of an unjust system that is cruel, patriarchal and unsupportive. We will not let people wearing suits and ties to decide on our lives and the fate of the earth. Nature can live without us, but we will not survive without nature.”

These were some of the words of La Via Campesina’s mistica at the opening ceremony of People’s Climate Summit, a Global Village of Alternatives in Food and Agriculture held at Montreuil, parallel to COP21, in Paris. Surrounded by products from peasant agriculture and stalls from farmers of lConfédération Paysanne, a French member organization of La Via Campesina, the movement’s international delegation denounced false solutions to the climate crises. The world needs peasant and people’s voices to be heard, just as the world needs climate justice.

In Paris, at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), where representatives of corporations negotiated “false solutions” for climate change, La Via Campesina made it clear that Food Sovereignty and peasant agriculture are the real solutions to global climate crisis, by feeding the world and cooling the earth. While large-scale agricultural production uses 70 percent of the world agricultural resources to produce only 30 percent of the global food supply, peasant-based food systems provide 70 percent of global food supply while using only 30 percent of agricultural resources.

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COP21: The curtain falls on a masquerade

La Via Campesina, European Coordination Via Campesina, Confédération Paysanne Press release

(b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_climatechange_LVCleadingthemarchsc.JPGParis, 12th of December 2015) After two weeks of heads of states taking centre stage to salve their consciences, COP21 has come up with an agreement that many worried in advance would offer nothing good for the peoples of the world. There is nothing binding for states, national contributions lead us towards a global warming of over 3°C—and multinationals are the main beneficiaries. It was essentially a media circus. However states know how to make binding commitments when it comes to signing free trade agreements. Those agreements threaten the democratic functioning of countries by merely serving the interests of multinationals. Once more, it is clear that money dictates the law, even taking precedence over the future of humanity.

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COP21: Social movements and allies call for transformation of food systems

Global Convergence of land and Water struggles event on December 10, 2015  Venue: Salle Olympe de Gouge, Metro Voltaire (line 9)

convergencelandandwatersc.jpg(Paris, December 10, 2015) Small-scale food producers and consumers, including peasants, indigenous peoples, hunters and gatherers, family farmers, rural workers, herders and pastoralists, fisherfolk and urban people – the frontline communities – are increasingly confronted by the grabbing of natural resources and by systematic violations of human rights. They are also directly affected by the impacts of climate destruction. The climate change mitigation schemes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which are presented as “solutions” to the man-made climate crisis are false solutions given that they are intrinsically linked to these resource grabs and human rights violations.

The Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles is an initiative initiated and led by grassroots organizations and social movements in order to link and strengthen the struggles for food and peoples’ sovereignty and human rights.

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