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Climate Summit Day 2: Vandana Shiva, Occupy COP17 and International Food Sovereignty Day

November 29, 2011

Today the send day of the UN Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa continues. We are posting here some independent observations and analysis from a variety of sources to counteract the global warming denial that is still pervasive in the US.

ZNet has posted an article by Indian activist and author Vandana Shiva who talks about the failure of the previous climate summits and the Obama administration’s undermining of the Climate Summit in 2009. Shiva also critiques the capitalist premise in constant growth as being inherently unsustainable.

To protect the planet, to prevent climate catastrophe through continued pollution, we will have to continue to work beyond Copenhagen by building Earth Democracy based on principles of justice and sustainability. The struggle for climate justice and trade justice are one struggle, not two. The climate crisis is a result of an economic model based on fossil fuel energy and resource intensive production and consumption systems. The Copenhagen Accord was designed to extend the life of this obsolete model for living on earth. Earth Democracy can help us build another future for the human species – a future in which we recognize we are members of the earth family that protecting the earth and her living processes is part of our species identity and meaning. The polluters of the world united in Copenhagen to prevent a legally binding accord to cut emissions and prevent disastrous climate change. They extended the climate war. Now citizens of the earth must unite to pressurize governments and corporations to obey the laws of the Earth, the laws of Gaia and make climate peace. And for this we will have to be the change we want to see.

The international small farmer movement Via Campesina writes that they will have a presence at the Climate Summit to both expose how agribusiness is one of the main culprits of carbon emissions and how small agriculture can actually cool the planet. Their presence and action is a lead up to International Food Sovereignty Day to Cool down the Earth, which takes place on December 5.

There is also an Occupy COP17 effort using the tag line Climate Justice Not Carbon Markets! The Occupy COP17 plans to posts analysis of the Climate Summit, video and minutes from their general assemblies over the coming days.

Lastly, here is a video interview with Pablo Solon, the Bolivian Ambassador to the US, who was instrumental in organizing the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia last year. Solon says some of the few rays of hope in the climate justice struggle are the Occupy Movement and the Indignados in Spain.

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