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Climate Justice!

In In Solidarity, Network Events on 11/10/2009 at 8:35 am

For Immediate Release

October 3-4, Bangkok, Thailand – This weekend the Alternative Agriculture Network joined with environmental networks, civil society organizations and peoples’ movements for the two-day climate conference, “Asian Peoples’ Solidarity for Climate Justice.”  This conference was organized by the Thai Working Group for Climate Justice as a parallel event to the Climate Change Talks hosted at the United Nations in Bangkok.  As an organization of small-scale farmers directly affected by climate change, we view the UN policy-making process as important challenges for our network to engage with.  On October 4, AAN Esan coordinator Ubon Yoowah spoke on a panel focusing on Reducing Emissions Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).  The presentation focused on 4 major points:

  1. The Alternative Agriculture Network works to create small-scale sustainable agriculture systems.  We believe that sustainable agriculture creates ecological balance and utilizes carbon that would otherwise be emitted in less efficient systems.
  2. Large-scale production and agro-industry destroys nature’s balance and production processes emit the three major greenhouse gasses, especially nitrous oxide and methane.  Feedlots and CAFOs are significant examples of this environmentally destructive process.
  3. Biofuels are promoted as a solution and opportunity for producers in the Global South, but will only create greater resource exploitation and competition.  This will especially be the case when integrated into carbon markets and trading.
  4. The UN must support sustainable agriculture and develop mechanisms for farmer-based education, research and participation.  The UN must also support community energy production and management as an alternative to large-scale production schemes.

The countries of the Global North are ecologically indebted to the Global South and REDD+ is continued exploitation of our natural resources.  Carbon dioxide is a natural part of a balanced environmental system; it doesn’t simply destroy the environment and manage other parts of natural systems.  But when we exploit natural resources, this environmental balance is destroyed.

Diversity is security.  The AAN is developing climate adaptation mechanisms for small-scale farmers that focus on the exchange and conservation of indigenous seeds.  By building a diversity of supports for local food security, the local wisdom behind indigenous seed saving and expansion plays an important role in creating climate solutions.

People of the Global South will continue protecting biodiversity, but on our own terms.  The growing of biofuel crops is a violation of small-scale farmers’ food security and creates new problems for developing societies and economies.  The Global North or those with power will not determine our sustainability.

Contact:

Bennett Haynes

Alternative Agriculture Network – Esan

aanesan.wordpress.com

(+66) 0867941588

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On October 5 we took our movement to the streets and made our voices heard in front of the UN – for more photos click here.  For Press Coverage of the event, please see these links:

Climate Targets not met – Bangkok Post

Climate Talks Stall – Environment News Service

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