World People's conference

Source: Marta Fraticelli

   "The Peoples Conference on Climate Change was organized last April in Cochabamba (Bolivia) in the hope of finding solutions to environmental changes caused by the current production system, given the demonstrated inability of governments to reach an agreement at the Copenhagen summit. "
   "Among the proposals from organizations in Cochabamba Summit appears the very innovative idea to create a court of climate justice on the basis of a new definition of global climate debt, taking into account historical responsibility of rich countries to the poorest. "
   "Around 17 tables of work scheduled, participants discussed issues which affect, among other things, family agriculture, adaptation to climate change, forests and the need to defend the rights of Mother Earth. Various proposals have been compiled in a summary document outlining the requirements proposed by the peoples on climate change. The ideas seek to find an alternative to the current development model that requires an irrational use of natural resources. New forms of social and ecological justice are explored. On the basis of various proposals can be found designing the good life, the idea of a life in balance within the natural ecosystem and formulated on the basis of a social organization that goes beyond existing power asymmetries. "

  The social forum in Cochabamba on climate launches a campaign to organize a "global referendum" on the environment, to coincide with the upcoming Earth Day in April 22, 2011 or 2012.


Conclusion of some tables:
"Table 17: Agriculture and Food Sovereignty
The conclusions of the Bureau No. 17 is a declaration of war against agrofuels and all technological processes that achieve a profit and contribute to the warming of the planet. However, the members postulated the need to promote food sovereignty, a peasant-based production as a generator of food, dignity and identity, as a real and practical alternative to cool the planet, they also insist on the need to put gender equality at the centre of actions. "

Table 5: Court of Climate Justice
The formation of an International Court of climate and environmental Justice in Bolivia has been the main conclusion of this group. This underlines the need to provide the Court with legal and binding capacity to prevent, prosecute and punish the states, entities and individuals who pollute and cause climate change by action or omission.

Table 6: Climate Migrants
They decided that the climate migrants should have all the necessary requirements for a dignified life in their new destinations. The developed countries should be responsible for hundreds of millions that will have to migrate because of climate change they have caused and they should remove the restrictive migration policies.

Table 11: Adaptation
The Bureau recommends a model of adaptation that is neither destructive nor unlimited development, but that produces goods and services to meet basic needs.


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