- Published on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:29
- Published on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 12:42
(Durban, December 5 2011) More than 1 500 people took part in a march of Durban streets on December 5 to voice their concerns about climate change and agro-ecology. Banners and posters in hand conveyed messages like “We are for cooling down the earth” as people from countries as far as Mali, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Germany, Brazil and The Philippines took part.
The event was also to bring awareness to the food sovereignty campaign, which promotes principals such as equal participation, fights against greedy farm or agriculture owners, and a fair rewarding system for farm workers.
Alberto Gomez of Mexico is a member of the international movement La Via Campesina that organised the march. He says he came to tell governments that they must reduce the emission to 50%. “If they don’t reduce it, the temperature will increase by 4°C.” The earth’s soil is already getting dry and farmers face extreme cases like rain due to climate change. He says governments should listen to them, as peasants know how to nurture the earth.
- Published on Monday, 05 December 2011 15:14
- Published on Sunday, 04 December 2011 01:20
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La Via Campesina calls for International food Sovereignty day to cool down the Earth, on December 5, Monday
Renaldo Chingore Joao, Member of the International Coordinating Committee of la Via Campesina, Mozambique (Durban, 1 December 2011)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011
INTERNATIONAL FOOD SOVEREIGNTY DAY TO COOL DOWN THE EARTH
MARCH, ACTION AND ASSEMBLY OF THE OPPRESSED
La Via Campesina has called for mobilizations in Durban and around the world to demand a change of the entire capitalist system. The fight against climate change is a fight against neoliberal capitalism, landlessness, dispossession, hunger, poverty and inequality. The crisis of the planet requires that we take direct action. During the agro-ecology and food sovereignty day we will have public protest marches to the conference of the polluters, actions against multinational corporations like Monsanto undermining our seed sovereignty, which will culminate in a massive Assembly of the Oppressed to discuss ways of ending this unjust system.
Meeting point for the march: 8:30am at Botha’s park, Durban
Venue for Assembly of the Oppressed: University of Kwazulu Natal