- Published on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 21:50
Press Release - Via Campesina - 16 December 2009
Farmers from the international peasant's organisation La Via Campesina are joining the "Reclaim Power Action" today in Copenhagen starting at 8 am at Tarnby train station and going to the Bella Center where the UN Climate talks are being held. This protest is co-organised by the large coalitions of social movements, NGOs, unions and activists in Climate Justice Action and Climate Justice Now!
Farmers reclaim the power to exist
Free-market-oriented agricultural policies and transnational companies destroy farmers lives. Small farmers already lose their livelihoods due to mass imports of cheap subsidised food and WTO policies and we are evicted by infrastructure and other "development projects". The mechanisms currently discussed during the climate talks will further drive us from our lands and deny us our livelihoods. For example, the pressure on land for agrofuel production already expell us from our farms.
- Published on Tuesday, 15 December 2009 11:31
CJA Press release - Copenhagen-14th December 2009
On December 15 hundreds of activists will protest at the inclusion of farmland into carbon trading schemes, as is currently being discussed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Bente Hessellund of Climate Justice Action (CJA), Denmark says: 'In spite of the urgency of the climate crisis the UNFCCC process fails to question an economic model that is based on infinite growth on a finite planet. The possibility of including agricultural land into CO2 emission-trading is a false solution to climate change. To farmers around the world, the false solutions that are proposed in this climate summit are as much of a threat as drought, tornadoes and new climate patterns.' (1)
- Published on Tuesday, 15 December 2009 10:39
Press release: La Via Campesina - Copenhagen 15 December 2009
The international peasants movement La Via Campesina representing millions of small farmers, landless people, rural men and women from around the world demand that the heads of state coming to Copenhagen for the Climate conference do not trade on the future of agriculture.
Small farmers are severely affected by the current climate crisis; suffering from floods, droughts, changes in weather patterns and increased pests and disease. The current climate chaos, as well as the combined food and financial crises are the direct results of the capitalist mode of production and consumption over recent decades. Industrial agriculture, represented by large monocultures, plantations and intensive livestock production is responsible for around half of the worlds total greenhouse gas emissions. However, the mechanisms currently discussed within the UNFCCC serve only to further support for industrial agriculture and exclude small producers.
- Published on Monday, 14 December 2009 17:25
Media invitation: 15th December
La Via Campesina and Friends of the Earth International are organizing a series of events in Copenhagen to mark the Global Day on Agriculture. The events draw attention to the link between agriculture and climate change, and show a clear demand for climate justice and food sovereignty.
9:00am : "Farmer's call to the head of states: change the food system!"
Press conference at the Bella Center, Asger Jorn room, Hall H Farmers' leaders from Asia, Africa, Europe and America will present their call to the head of states to change the agricultural model of production in order to solve the climate crisis.
Farmers are already being affected by the current climate crisis and radically reject the market mechanisms currently discussed at the UNFCCC (such as agrofuels, biochar, no till agriculture and climate-ready GMOs). They ask for a global transition towards sustainable family farming and local food production.