- Published on Monday, 07 December 2009 18:39
Speech of Henry Saragih, general coordinator of Via Campesina at the opening session of Klimaforum
Tonight is a very special night for us to get together here for the opening of the assembly of the social movements and civil society at the Klimaforum. We, the international peasant movement La Via Campesina, are coming to Copenhagen from all five corners of the world, leaving our farmland, our animals, our forest, and also our families in the hamlets and villages to join you all.
Why is it so important for us to come this far? There are a number of reasons for that. Firstly, we would like to tell you that climate change is already seriously impacting us. It brings floods, droughts and the outbreak of pests that are all causing harvest failures. I must point out that these harvest failures are something that the farmers did not create. Instead, it is the polluters who caused the emissions who destroy the natural cycles. So, we small scale farmers came here to say that we will not pay for their mistakes. And we are asking the emitters to face up to their responsibilities.
- Published on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:37
(Geneva, December 1st.2009) Today a group of twenty delegates from La Via Campesina, originating from India, Indonesia, Japan, Bangladesh, Korea, France and Switzerland, along with delegates from the « Climate and social Justice” caravan, and some people from Geneva blocked the way into the building of the WTO during 45 minutes with a peaceful sitting demonstration.
- Published on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 05:58
- Published on Monday, 30 November 2009 03:26
Via Campesina was present with an important delegation at the protest of Saturday 28 November against the World Trade Organization (WTO). The mobilization was strong with around 5000 people in the streets of Geneva. The objective of these people, as well as that of Via Campesina, was to demonstrate in a non-violent manner, but with a strong and radical message regarding the WTO.