From Trade to Climate Change: WTO/COP15-Caravan from Geneva to Copenhagen
Arrival of the Caravan, Reception and Meeting with Press
Time: Monday, 7 December 2009, 13:00 h
Venue: RLF, Ave. Michel-Ange 11, 1000 Brussels
Lobby-Action-Tour for Trade and Climate Justice:
Time: Monday, 7 December 2009, 14:00 h
Venue: Begins in front of the Berlaymont Building of the European Commission, Rue de la Loi 200, 1000 Brussels (near Metro Schumann) (bring bicycles, banners, whistles and slogans)
Info and Exchange Event with the Participants of the Caravan
Time: Mon., 7 Dec. 2009, 19:00 h
Venue: Mundo-B, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, Brussels (near Metro Station Porte Namur) (food and drinks from 19:00 onwards)
Flyer-Englisch | Flyer-French | Flyer-Flemish
Local Group of Organisation:
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), CJA-Belgium, Our World is Not for Sale (OWINFS), Forum Social de Belgique, Coordination Belge pour la Colombie (CBC), Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN), Masereelfonds etc.
Contact: Marlis Gensler
The Brochure of the Caravan:
VC organises resistance against neoliberal trade agreements that negatively affect the peasant communities worldwide, works intensively on the connection of climate change and agriculture and fights for food sovereignty and sustainable small scale farming (in opposition to agrobusiness which is - in the context of climate change - one of biggest emitters of greenhouse gases)
Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN), Colombia:
PCN is the network of afrocolumbian communites that fight for dignity and autonomy. Concerning climate issues they are most affected by monoculture of plants which is either enlarged for the production of agrofuel (african palm) or for carbon-storage and CDM-projects (e.g. eucalyptus). The spread of these monocultures cause widespread displacement along the pacific coastline where many afrocolumbian communities settle.
Resistance Against Wind Turbine Oxaca, Mexiko:
The movement is based in Oxaca and resist a wind turbine park that should be set up by electricity-multinationals to promote centralized renewable energy production. The project is going to be realised as a development project in the frame of the Plan Puebla Panama. It is an example how – in the name of development and climate protection- the state opens up regions for investments and oppresses self-organisation of the people. It is at the same time an example for a grassroot struggle for sustainable decentralised energy supply in the hand of the people which is an important part of a strategy for autonomous community-organisation which aims to provide a decent life for all in dignity.
Coordinacion Andina de las Organizaciones Indigenas (CAOI) Peru:
Working group for AIDESEP, Peru:
The Coordinacion Andina de las organisaciones indigenas (CAOI) is a central body for the coordination of resistance against a multitude of megaprojects that threaten the life and livelihoods of the indigenous communites in the Andes. Be it the indigenous upraise against the oil-exploitation in the Peruvian Amazon (where AIDESEP played a mayor role) which provoked fierce oppression by the police and military forces with hundreds of killed and wounded people, be it resistance against coal-mining and other raw-materials that lead to displacement and destruction of areas where indigenous communites live.
APVVU is the federation of agricultural workers, famers , fisher folk and Indigenous peoples organizations in India. It has been instrumental in working the climate issues, biodiversity agriculture, the rights of nature dependent primary communities- farmers, agricultural workers , shepherdess, indigenous communities and fisher folk with gender perspective. We have been consistently involved campaigns against the WTO and anti people economic policies. Presently we are engaged in organizing state wide caravans and public meetings with different communities against WTO 7th ministerial meetings. I will make presentations from my experience particularly on Depletion of water resources, soil and bio diversity, migration and displacement, Land Rights / Commons and Food sovereignty.
Fundaexpresion is a Colombian non-profit organisation to promote participatory educational and investigation work within local communities. Its aims are to empower marginalised groups of society towards achieving improved living conditions, social organisation and conservation of their environmental and cultural heritage. The organisation works intensively with peasant farmers, indigenous communities and micro-enterprises and provides educational work in climate justice issues.
Accion Ecologica Ecuador:
Oilwatch asked for participation in the caravan mainly of their representatives who are active in the issue of “leave oil underground”. Ecuador started this initative (the government at first were sympathising with this idea but switched now to the REDD-programs) and they want to show the relevance of this issue in other regions of the world. Therefore representatives from different continents and southamerican regions are going to participate.
Bangladesh Krishok Federation:
The Bangladesh Krishok Federation regroups men's and women's agricultural organisations. They have been particularly active in struggling to reclaim low-lying lands formed in river and delta areas (which normally should be distributed to landless peasants) that have been illegally taken over by large landowners. Obviously they are a frontline organisation as far as climate change is concerned. They would certainly have very important testimonies to bring: The climate crisis and the environmental consequences . (Global warming and climate destabilization, Depletion of water resources, Rise in water levels), Climate justice, Sustainable agriculture, forestry and fishery
Alianza Mundial de los Pueblos Indigenas y Tribales de los Bosques Tropicales:
They emphasise on dignity, respect for their human, political, social, economic and cultural rights and respect for their right to self-determination, autonomous forms of self-government, and the control of all economic activities in their territories.
Indigenous Climate Connection of the Pacific
Trade Strategy Group South Africa
Activist in communal power, Portland US
Cascadia Rising Tide, Oregon US
Resistance against megaprojects in the Patagonia
FDI Watch, India
Global Forest Coalition
Focus on the Global South
Full list of participants
Information on Caravan:
From 7-18 December 2009 the 15th Conference of the Parties as the central body of the UN-climate talks will take place in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, Northern Europe. This conference was supposed to extend the Kyoto protocol for the period after 2012, by agreements on new reductions of greenhouse gases by the industrialised countries. The Kyoto-Protocol was the first legally binding agreement on carbon emission-reduction agreed in 1997 but it was not implemented until 2005. Unfortunately, today it is clear that there has been no reduction of emissions. On the contrary these have increased three times faster than before! Worse yet, the industrialised countries (20% of the world population responsible for 70% of the problem) want to replace the Kyoto Protocol with one which would constrain them even less, while shifting the burden to the Southern countries! Meanwhile, the latest conclusions drawn from scientific databases foresee ever more terrifying scenarios about the effects of climate change in the future. Even the most optimistic forecasts say that the industrial countries must cut their carbon-emissions by at least 40% by 2020 and 85% by 2050. But at the latest preparatory negotiations northern governments (heavily lobbied by the transnationals) were talking of reductions between 20% and 4% for 2020! And already, the catastrophic effects not only of climate change (droughts, floods, sea rise, hurricanes, etc.), but also of the so-called “solutions” to the problem (agrofuels, carbon trading and “Clean Development Mechanisms” that renew all the classic effects of neocolonialism) are impacting the global south, particularly the most vulnerable parts of its population.
We will take our struggle forward not just in climate talks, but on the ground and in the streets, to promote genuine solutions that include:
- leaving fossil fuels in the ground and investing instead in appropriate energy-efficiency and safe, clean and community-led renewable energy
- radically reducing wasteful consumption, first and foremost in the North, but also by Southern elites.
- huge financial transfers from North to South, based on the repayment of climate debts and subject to democratic control. The costs of adaptation and mitigation should be paid for by redirecting military budgets, innovative taxes and debt cancellation.
- rights-based resource conservation that enforces Indigenous land rights and promotes peoples' sovereignty over energy, forests, land and water.
- sustainable family farming and peoples' food sovereignty.
The Trade to Climate Caravan will leave Geneva on 3 December and reach Copenhagen 9 December. The travel is organised by busses on different routes between Switzerland and Denmark with several stops on the way to do public speeches and events, to participate in demonstrations and actions, to meet up with politicians and to exchange with European groups and initiatives. One route goes through Germany, the other route through France and Belgium.
In Copenhagen the caravan-participants join the Conference on ecological debt (invited by Jubilee South), the central demonstration at 12 December, thematic action days on agriculture, forests, indigenous peoples and migrationm, the mass-march “Push for Climate Justice” (organised by Climate Justice Action) and contribute to the program of the Climateforum_09.
>> Video: Caravan in Geneva
>> Video about the caravan (trailer and purchase) (2011)