About 400,000 people went to the streets on September 21st to ask for real actions to address climate change. It was the greatest climate march in history. The UN Climate Summit organized by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon took place two days later with the participation of 100 heads of state and 800 leaders from business. How did this Summit react to the demands of the peoples climate march? Did it meet the expectations?
Climate and Environment Justice
On Sunday, hundreds of thousands gathered in New York for one of the biggest marches against climate change.
(press release below)
Climate Justice Alliance:
Statement to World Leaders and President Obama at the United Nations Climate Summit
By Mary Ann Manahan
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a Climate Summit in New York next week. Expected to attend are top officials from all UN Member States, big transnational corporations, financial institutions, and a few select civil society representatives.
Climate change negotiations are being dominated by irresponsible states, polluters and corporations that only care about current operations and the furtherance of profits through more fossil fuel exploitation and in new carbon markets which are destroying forests, soil, wetlands, rivers, mangroves and oceans, and financializing and privatizing ecosystems and nature itself on which our lives depend.
Plato wrote the familiar phrase: "a true creator is necessity, which is the mother of invention." Maybe it is not surprising, then, that the most novel proposals for how to solve the current crisis and all the damage it has wrought on people and the planet aren't coming from Wall Street or the World Bank; they're coming from the places that have suffered the most at the hands of the economic downturn, the tsunamis and other natural disasters, the loss of farmland to drought and industrial farming, and the gobbling up of forests and natural resources by corporations.
To: José Graziano da Silva, General Director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) March 21, 2014
Mausam is Here
A new e-magazine called Mausam is here. While it builds on the earlier magazine/effort that went by the same name, the new Mausam represents the voice of a larger collective. One hopes that in future it will be more consistent than the real mausam (climate) out there, and there will be at least three/four issues a year.