Call for Endorsements | Peoples Protocol on Climate Change

Dear friends in the climate justice movement,

Thank you to everyone who supported and endorsed the draft Peoples Protocol

on Climate Change. We are happy to inform you that we have now reached a

final version that is the result of a 2-year global process of

awareness-raising and movement-building among affected communities and

peoples in the South and in the North.

The Peoples Protocol on Climate Change affirms the need for a movement for

climate justice that calls for real solutions to the climate crisis – the

reversal of neoliberal globalization, and the restoration of peoples’

sovereignty over resources, economies and institutions. And as with other

injustices, the climate crisis and its roots can only be dealt with through

political struggles by the people.

We would like to call your endorsements once again if you have not had a

chance to do so yet. The statement will be submitted to the COP 15 of the

UNFCCC in December 2009. You may use the online sign-on at OR

you may send your name or the name of your organization to endorse the

statement to the PMCC secretariat email:

by November 30, 2009. Kindly help disseminate to

your networks.

Thank you very much and looking forward to your support!

Tetet Nera-Lauron

Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change

For a People’s Protocol and a People’s Movement on Climate Change

Injustice lies at the root of the climate crisis. A tiny minority of the

world’s population based in the advanced capitalist

countries in the North is primarily responsible for accelerating climate

change that is already inflicting more death,

destruction and suffering to millions of the world’s poor and disadvantaged.

In their relentless pursuit of profits, Northern corporations have burned

vast and increasing amounts of fossil fuels and

destroyed forests to feed energy and inputs into production, dumping

greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at levels that is

now warming the planet and disrupting the climate. The global economic

system involves the appropriation and lopsided

use by a powerful global elite of the planet’s shared resources, and the

disempowerment and dispossession of the majority

of the world’s people. This basic social process is behind two centuries of

profit-oriented capitalist growth. It bequeathed

increasing prosperity and power to the Global North and private corporations

through the over-exploitation of natural

resources, and forced poverty, colonialism, and underdevelopment upon

millions of people, who now suffer the hardest

impacts of climate change despite having no responsibility for it. In the

last 30 years, under the banner of free market

globalization, and with the help of the IMF, World Bank, and WTO,

Northern-based transnational corporations have

expanded their power over Southern economies and resources, and intensified

their pollution of the atmosphere and destruction of the environment.

Current mainstream efforts for climate action have hitherto failed to stem

the causes of climate change and bring justice to

the poor and peoples of the South. Northern governments and corporations

have not only refused to fully honor their

historical obligation to reduce emissions and support climate actions in the

South, but have exploited the climate crisis to

enforce false solutions that create new profit opportunities, expand their

control over natural resources, and exacerbate

global warming. Powerful Northern and corporate interests have undermined

the United Nations Framework Convention

on Climate Change, as evidenced by its Kyoto Protocol. The same powers are

sabotaging current negotiations for a just

post-2012 climate regime, as they stall on committing emissions cuts that

the scientific evidence requires, as well as

sufficient funding to cover the costs of adaptation and mitigation in

developing countries. They are also aggressively

pushing for an agreement that would require developing countries to take on

binding emissions cuts, or worse, abandon

multilaterally-determined binding emissions commitments altogether.

We, the people, need a platform that raises real solutions, registers our

voices, and articulates our demand for social

justice. Real solutions go beyond "business-as-usual" technology- and market

fixes along which powerful interests have

set and confined the climate agenda. Real solutions require the reallocation

of the world’s resources between and within

nations for equity and social justice; the reversal of neoliberal

globalization; the restoration of people’s sovereignty over

resources, economies, and institutions; and the compensation by corporations

and the Global North of the poor and

peoples of the South for the losses they are forced to bear as victims both

of climate change and the social system that is

behind it. Socially just solutions also make for scientifically and

ecologically sound ones. Using natural resources

equitably and democratically, and supplanting the drive for private profit

with the fulfillment of social needs as the

principal economic goal will reset human society’s relationship with the

environment on a far more sustainable path.

We need a people’s movement to advance our solutions. Solving the climate

crisis requires far-reaching social

transformation. Unequal patterns of power behind such injustices as poverty,

hunger, exploitation, and colonialism are the

same ones that have caused ecological destruction and climate change. And as

with other injustices, the climate crisis and

its roots can only be dealt with through political struggles by the people.

We need a grassroots-based people’s movement

on climate change to promote the people’s agenda on climate action and

social transformation, fight for solutions that

secure justice and democratic rights for the people, and challenge efforts

from powerful elite and corporate interests that

seek to divert and undermine our movement .


~ by Cory Morningstar on November 16, 2009.

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