“Our Struggle is for the Permanence of Agriculture”: Interview with Alberto Gomez of La Via Campesina, Durban South Africa
- Published on Wednesday, 21 December 2011 16:25
Made up of 150 organizations in seventy countries, and with more than 200 million members, La Via Campesina holds the claim to being the largest movement of peasant farmers and artisanal food producers in the world. La Via Campesina was born in 1993, but traces its roots much further back – indeed, as Alberto Gomez hints in this interview, the movement’s roots are entwined with the history of agriculture, land reform, and social movements throughout the ages.
Alberto Gomez is the national director of UNORCA (Unión Nacional de Organizaciones Regionales Campesinas Autónomas) in Mexico. UNORCA is one of thirteen organizations – twelve of family farmers in Canada, five in the U.S., including three migrant farmworkers’ organizations, and five campesino (peasant farmer) groups in Mexico – that make up the North American coordination of La Via Campesina.
Farmers Condemn the Durban Platform: Sustainable peasant agriculture is the genuine solution to climate change
- Published on Saturday, 17 December 2011 15:56
La Via Campesina press release on Durban
(Jakarta, 16 December 2011) La Via Campesina, the global movement of peasants, small-scale and agricultural family farmers, denounces the attempts of the largest carbon emitters to further escape their historic responsibility to make real emission cuts and push for more false and market based solutions to the climate crisis. This Durban Platform, the latest climate deal struck at the UNFCCC 17th Conference of Parties in Durban, allows the polluters to get away with even more polluting while securing their market mechanisms.
The UNFCCC has hailed the Durban Platform as a breakthrough and a way forward in the fight against climate change. But what is there to hail as closer inspection shows that there are no commitments for real emission cuts from the developed countries. Others have said this was a success as it saved the Kyoto Protocol but in fact, the only thing that was saved are the market mechanisms of the Protocol. The second commitment period was not agreed and in fact postponed to next year but all the while, secured that market mechanisms would continue to be operational. The Green Climate Fund, which will be controlled by the World Bank if ever funded by industrialized countries (clearly unconcerned about their historical debt with the global south), is likely to be a source of financing false solutions in the most impacted countries.
- Published on Friday, 09 December 2011 12:56
La Via Campesina mobilized in Durban during UN climate talks
Radio Mundo Real
International movement Via Campesina is demanding that agriculture be left out of the climate multilateral talks in Durban and for an ambitious agreement with legally binding emissions reduction targets for developed countries.
The peasants are calling a march on December 5 in Durban to promote peasant agriculture, agroecology and for food sovereignty.
“We are concerned that the Kyoto Protocol has not been useful, it is not being useful to reduce emissions” Alberto Gomez, a leader of La Via Campesina told Real World Radio.
“Industrialized countries should be legally bound to reduce their emissions and that should be part of another agreement. We need an agreement with clear targets, with at least 30% of emissions reduction (compared to 1990 levels)”, said the leader. “Without such a target the agreement is not good, a binding agreement with no commitments that will lead to a 2, 3 or 4° temperature increase is no good for Humanity”, he said about the Kyoto Protocol.