Climate change and agrofuels

Call to Action: Reject false solutions to Climate Crisis. Sign on to this important declaration!

2017-04-06 COP22 rehash.jpgThe declaration "Our land worth more than carbon" launched during COP 22 and signed by more than 50 organizations around the world is topical and needs our attention, once again.

In order to comply with the Paris Agreement, our States are currently designing national plan (called NDCs: Nationally Determined Contributions). At the moment, several more initiatives are also being implemented simultaneously - such as 4 per 1000 initiative, AAA: Adaptation of African Agriculture, climate smart agriculture, and so forth. 

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Marrakech declaration against the summit of false solutions and for a fair and sustainable future for all peoples

For real alternatives to preserve environmental balances and recognise climate justice, For a fair and sustainable future for all peoples

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-12-28-Marrakech.jpg(Marrakech, November 17, 2016) We, the democratic and progressive social movements and organisations who struggle against the continuous destruction of the environment, closely followed the progress of the 22nd session of the conference of the parties (cop 22) held in Marrakech from 7 to 18 November whose organisers consider to be a ‘working conference’ or even ‘a conference for agriculture’. Having closely monitored the preparatory process of this summit and taking into consideration the context in which it is taking place, therefore, we have issued the following declaration:

  1. This conference is held in an international context dominated by imperialism and capitalism which impose their modes of production and distribution as well as their consumption values. Consequently, the earth is currently suffering from a dangerous environmental situation, and the planet is heading towards an unavoidable catastrophe as the temperature on earth continues to rise to the extent that the necessary elements to ensure the survival of humanity may be destroyed forever.

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"System Change, Not Climate Change", Moroccan Activists Globalize Their Struggle

This is an excerpt of an article by Salena Tramel, which appeared in the Huffington Post on 15th November 2016.

As the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) opened in Marrakesh this week, social justice movements have gathered in a village on its outskirts at the gateway to the Sahara to define their own proposals to combat the increasing threat of climate change. Vía Campesina, hosted by Morocco’s National Federation of Agricultural Unions (FNSA), has strategically chosen this political moment to hold a climate justice training for its constituencies and close allies with a focus on youth and women, and on strengthening its understanding of issues in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Our land is worth more than carbon: Civil Society Statement | COP 22

b_350_0_16777215_00_.._fr_images_stories_climatechange_marche13oct.jpgThe Paris Agreement required the 196 Parties to the UN Climate Convention to limit temperature increases to 2° or 1.5°C below preindustrial levels. While COP21 benefitted from a high degree of mobilization linked to the adoption of an international agreement, COP 22 on the other hand has received rather less attention. 

Yet the stakes remain significant. 

In its haste, COP 22, being called the “action COP” or the “agriculture COP”, is in danger of adopting various misguided solutions for agriculture. Last May at the Climate Convention HQ in Bonn, discussion on this sector was a source of tension between countries. They studiously avoided the key question of differentiating between agricultural models according to their impact on climate change and their ability to provide food sovereignty to people. At the same time, and outside official negotiating channels, voluntary initiatives, especially in the private sector, have expanded and may well become incorporated in countries’ future public policies. 

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Via Campesina at COP 22: false solutions to the climate crisis may constitute crimes against humanity

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From November 7th to November 18th, 2016, the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Marrakech, Morocco. It is there that the 196 signatories to the Paris Agreement will decide upon steps to implement the Agreement that they adopted in December 2015. Peasants and small-scale farmers from Via Campesina will be in Marrakech for the duration of the Conference; they will draw attention to the disastrous effects that application of the Agreement could have, both on peasant agriculture and on the climate.

Approximately 40 people, from Morocco and all over the world, the majority of which are youth, will make up the Via Campesina delegation in Marrakech. The international peasant movement has decided to hold a training course on climate justice for its membership, with a focus on young people, from November 8th to November 12th.  Some close allies from NGOs and social movements have also been invited to participate. It will serve as a great opportunity for Via Campesina to strengthen its links with small-scale farmers organizations from North African and Middle Eastern countries and to better understand the reality of peasant agriculture in that region. This decision is a clear way of stating that forward-looking solutions to the climate crisis are in the hands of young peasants and small-scale food providers whose farming practices reflect their interest in agroecology and peasant agriculture.

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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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