Climate Justice in Cancun and at Home

The Climate Negotiations in Cancun failed the people of the world. Driven by market-based solutions like Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, otherwise known as REDD, that were advocated by countries like the US, activists and community organizers from front-line and fence-line communities throughout the world fought hard to include a different politic. A politic that was based in human rights. A politic that honored the safeguards outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A politic that recognized the global south and developing countries, low-income communities and communities of color in the US, the global south within the US, are the communities experiencing the severest affects of Climate Change. Our voices were heard by compassionate ears. Our efforts were reversed by the deceptive strategies of delegates of the corporate transnational banks who confused participants with rhetoric and false solution promises. Our biggest success in Cancun was the convergence of social movements from around the globe lifting up the rights of the peasants and of Mother Earth. Delegates from the Bay area and California played a fundamental role in the movement aligning that took place facilitated by the different languages we speak and the different shades skin color that we are, carrying the stories of our immigrant foremothers and modeling respectful cultural diversity we envision for the world. What's next for the movement? The World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal on the African continent in February planting the seeds for the next UN Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, South Africa next December. In the Bay area, we are hosting a Community Reportback on Thursday Jan 20 from 6pm-8pm to share our stories from Cancun and strategize on how to work and hold together the principles of Climate Justice in 2011. Here are the details: