Climate change and agrofuels

UAWC conducts workshop about climate change adaptation mechanisms

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-03-07-climate-uawc.jpg(Ramallah, March 2016) - the Union of Agricultural Work Committees conducted workshop about climate change adaptation mechanisms with the participation of representatives from the agriculture directorate, women's cooperatives and students of Arroub College and a number of volunteers in the Arroub agricultural station in the governorate of Hebron.

Seed Bank project manager, Doa'a Zayed, presented the main concept of climate change adaptation, the main impacts of climate change on the Palestinian farmer, and coping mechanisms that can be used by a simple farmer. In addition, she explained the role of UAWC's project "Seed Bank" to help Palestinian farmers to adapt with climate change.

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Land and Ocean Grabs Not the Solution to Climate Change

First published by The WorldPost on 02/18/2016


When Hiba Al-Jibeihi stepped off her flight in Paris in early December, it was her first time outside the occupied Palestinian territories where she had lived all of her 24 years. She wasn't quite sure how she would relate to her fellow international social movement delegates in parallel meetings to the climate negotiations taking place during the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).

The daughter of a sheep breeder and teacher, Hiba works as an advocacy officer for the Union of Agricultural Works Committees, a well-organized group of small-scale farmers in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. She steadied herself after her first flight and headed to the gritty Parisian suburb of Bagnolet where she would join in powerful solidarity with a group of peasant activists from around the world.

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

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-15_NFU.pngMedia Release

(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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