Appeal From La Via Campesina

SUPPORT THE PRESENCE OF La Vía Campesina

AT THE CLIMATE SUMMIT IN CANCUN 2010
HELP THOUSANDS OF PEASANTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MAKE OUR VOICE HEARD
We are peasants, family farmers and indigenous peoples from Mexico and the world.

*       Our sustainable farming practices cool the planet
*       We defend the Mother Earth
*       Help us say NO to false solutions to climate change!

We ask to you support a massive presence of peasants, family farmers and indigenous peoples from Mexico and the world at the Climate Change Summit (COP-16) to be held in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10, 2010.

Make a secure on-line credit card donation now from any country by clicking on: https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=4589 [Especially if you need your contribution to be tax exempt in the USA].

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La Vía Campesina is the global movement of organizations of peasants, family farmers, indigenous peoples, farm workers, the landless, rural women and rural youth. We are an autonomous, plural, multicultural, independent movement without political, economic, or any other type of affiliation. The organizations that form La Vía Campesina come from 69 countries from Asia, Africa, Europe and the American continent.
We farmers are also victims of Global Warming and Climate Change:
  • The rains don’t come as they did before, which has altered our traditional production cycles.
  • There are more and more devastating extreme climate events, like hurricanes, cyclones, and monsoons that destroy our farms, and ever more severe droughts that kill our crops while our animals die from lack of water.
  • There are more and more devastating extreme climate events, like hurricanes, cyclones, and monsoons that destroy our farms, and ever more severe droughts that kill our crops while our animals die from lack of water.
  • In no case have the bad governments or the corporations responded adequately to the mounting losses we are suffering, nor do they take responsibility for the wounds they are inflicting on the Mother Earth and our climate.
  • We fight against the False Solutions to climate change promoted by transnational corporations and governments:
  • Carbon credits and trading mechanisms are really just privatizing our atmosphere and climate. They allow polluters of the atmosphere to keep polluting, and are leading to massive land grabs and mass evictions of peasant communities so that giant corporations can “cultivate climate credits” in the form of environmentally disastrous monoculture plantations of Eucalyptus, etc., that are really Green Deserts.
  • Agrofuels are another lie that allows corporate criminals to highjack public coffers to plant industrial monocultures – many times with GMOs – and evict peasants and family farmers from our lands – while they do not significantly moderate climate effects.

Among the primary CAUSES OF GLOBAL WARMING is the industrial food system:


  • La Industrial agriculture is responsible for 11 to 15%
  • Deforestation causes 15 to 18% additionally
  • The processing, packaging and transport of food provoke 15 to 20%
  • The decomposition of organic garbage: 3 to 4%
  • In sum, the industrial food system generated between 44 and 57% of global greenhouse gas emissions

Sustainable peasant, family farm and indigenous farming actually cools the planet:

  • We produce for local food systems, with agroecological methods that avoid fossil fuel consumption.
  • A Food Sovereignty based on local production of healthy food by peasants and family farmers is the best way to deal with the Climate Crisis and the Food Crisis
  • FOOD SOVEREIGNTY COOLS THE PLANET

OUR VOICES MUST BE HEARD IN CANCUN

  • At the last Climate Summit, in Copenhagen, our voices were excluded, and we had to take to the streets to be heard.
  • The UN has refused to include the results of Cochabamba Forum in the agenda for Cancun.
  • We must take to the streets again in Cancun, this time in larger than ever numbers, with our allies and friends from around the world, to make sure that the voices of reason are heard in Cancun and around the world.
  • We will hold an ALTERNATIVE PEOPLES CLIMATE FORUM in the camp, open to the world.
  • We need resources so that thousands of peasants and indigenous people, who earn less than USD 300 a year per family, can get to Cancun and be heard. This is a life and death struggle for us.
  • We need support for buses, tents, latrines, drinking water, outdoor cooking facilities, corn, beans and rice, a health post, sound equipment, a generator, etc.
  • If you cannot be in Cancún yourself, with your support WE CAN BE YOUR VOICE.

PLEASE HELP US NOW

Make a secure on-line credit card donation now by clicking on: https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=4589 [Especially if you need your contribution to be tax exempt in the USA].

If you prefer to use PayPal, and/or you not need a tax exemption in the USA, then click on: http://viacampesinanorteamerica.org/en/donate/donate.php