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In the week leading up to the Leaders' Summit on Climate, more than 100 international organizations and movements sent an open letter to heads of state urging far-reaching and bold action on multiple fronts.
In a firm message to the world leaders days before a landmark international climate summit, global social movements, organizations and parties remind of the radical shift in priorities and policies necessary to prevent climate castrophe and socio-economic disaster for the peoples of the global South.
Here, teleSUR English reproduces in full their open letter:
"It is common knowledge that we are at a decisive moment for human survival and for the biodiversity of our planet. There is a serious environmental and public health crisis, caused by crimes committed continuously by the greed for profit. The research and scientific data are more and more evident, which you know, and we don't need to quote them. Meanwhile, all the peoples of the world, in the countryside and in the city, feel the consequences of this crisis every day.
According to scientific studies, if the current patterns of land use, deforestation, predatory mining, the agribusiness model dependent on pesticides that kill biodiversity, the monoculture of transgenic crops, and accelerated urbanization are maintained, 4.5 billion people will face problems with the quality and access to water and food production. Climate change affects people's lives and agricultural productivity.
The question, therefore, is no longer whether there is an environmental crisis, but how to address it.
Financial capital and its banks and transnational corporations control economies, the exploitation of nature, and governments. They are to blame, and they will never offer real solutions. They just want a green capitalism! And the international institutions of the United Nations system have failed.
The way to preserve life, for people and the planet, dear ladies and gentlemen, is clearly in another direction. It will be necessary to mobilize society as a whole, its organizations, popular movements, scientists, and environmental entities, and form an agreement around urgent and necessary measures:
Putting human life and nature above private property. The private appropriation of common goods essential to the life of all, such as land, water, air, and biodiversity, is not acceptable. Their care must be attributed to the people, as a collective right and responsibility for the well-being of all people.
Promote public policies that confront hunger and promote food sovereignty, supporting peasant and traditional peoples, based on the principles of agroecology. To make a global effort to support, with all the necessary resources, a worldwide campaign to plant native and fruit trees.
To guarantee respect for the traditional knowledge of the people, with its forms of managing nature, which have already lasted for centuries, and scientific knowledge, in the search to guarantee production and human reproduction, cultural and biological diversity, in balance with nature.
Create financial mechanisms to support initiatives and projects of local populations so that they can carry out concrete actions to protect nature, forests, water, and healthy food.
Penalize companies and projects that harm the environment and the indigenous and native populations, expelling them from the market.
Change the energy matrix in all countries to sustainable forms. Make changes in the big cities, with measures to avoid pollution, to improve the lives of all, including public transportation.
Take definitive action to protect the pollution of the oceans, lakes, and rivers, severely penalizing all aggressors such as the chemical industry, the plastic industry, and industrial pollutants.
Ban the use of glyphosate, 2,4-D, and other agrotoxics, which kill biodiversity, contaminate the environment, and people's health.
Provide financial relief with resources from capital hidden in tax havens, for the protection and maintenance of peasant families, traditional peoples, and those who live in areas of risk in the cities.
Create international mechanisms of policies, control, and inspection with the participation of scientists, governments, social entities, and popular movements from all over the world.
Capitalism, ladies and gentlemen, is heading towards social barbarism. In its search for profit alone it is leading humanity and nature to collapse. We are at a singular moment in world history, where solidarity and ecological values must overcome those of individualism and consumerism, only defended by the insane capitalists and their governments.
We defend a new path, with our agroecological plantations and breeding, in the protection of waters and nature's goods, in our territorial resistances, in our solidarity reconstructions in the cities.
Against the project of death and destruction implemented by neoliberal capital, by the big corporations, we commit ourselves to life. This is the path we will continue to follow, building a fair, solidary, ecological and internationalist world.
And to you, rulers, assume your public responsibility, even though it is late!
April 22, 2021, Earth Day!"
IPA – InternationalPeoples’ Assembly
La Via Campesina
World March of Women
Italy, AssociazioneAmig@s MST
Italy, AssociazioneCostituzione e beniComuni
Italy, Associazioneinternazionale "AgoràdegliAbitantidella Terra"
Italy, AssociazioneLaudatoSì, Alleanza per il Clima, la Cura della Terra e la GiustiziaSociale
Italy, Associazione YAKU
Italy, CISS – Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud
Italy, ComitatoAcquaPubblicadellaprovinciadi Cremona
Italy, ComitatoAcquaPubblica Lago diBracciano
Italy, Comitato Italiano per ilContrattoMondialedell'Acqua
Italy, Forum Italiano dei Movimenti per l'Acqua
Italy, Forum siciliano dei movimenti per l'acqua e i benicomuni
Italy, Fuorimercato, autogestione in movimento
Italy, Potere al Popolo
Italy, Rede da RioneSanità-Naples.
Italy, Rifondazione Comunista
Italy, SegreteriaNazionale Rete RadièResch
United States, ANSWER Coalition
United States, Border Agricultural Workers Project
United States, CodePink: Women for Peace
United States, PEP – Popular Education Project
United States, PSL – Party for Socialism and Liberation
United States, TPF – The People’s Forum
Argentina, Jóvenes por el Clima
Argentina, Patria Grande
Brazil, ABONG – Associação Brasileira de ONGs
Brazil, ADERE/MG – Articulação dos Empregados Rurais do Estado de Minas Gerais
Brazil, Amigos da Terra Brasil
Brazil, APIB – Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil - APIB
Brazil, APREMAVI – Associação de Preservação do Meio Ambiente e da Vida
Brazil, ASA – Articulação de entidades do Semi-Árido
Brazil, ASCEMA Nacional – Associação Nacional dos Servidores Especialistas em Meio Ambiente
Brazil, Asibama/Acre – Associação dos Servidores Ibama e ICMBio Acre
Brazil, Associação Alternativa Terrazul
Brazil, Campanha Antipetroleira Nem um poço a mais!
Brazil, CEDECA Sapopemba
Brazil, Centro de Promoção da Cidadania e Defesa dos Direitos Humanos PeJosimo
Brazil, CNS – Conselho Nacional das Populações Extrativistas
Brazil, CONAQ - Coordenação Nacional de Articulação das Comunidades Negras Rurais Quilombolas
Brazil, Congregação da Paixão de Jesus Cristo
Brazil, CONTAG – Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores Rurais Agricultores e Agricultoras Familiares
Brazil, CONTRAF – Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores e Trabalhadoras na Agricultura Familiar
Brazil, CPP – Conselho Pastoral dos Pescadores
Brazil, CPT – Comissão Pastoral da Terra
Brazil, CUT – Central única dos Trabalhadores
Brazil, Ecossocialistas do Brasil
Brazil, FAOR – Fórum da Amazônia Oriental
Brazil, FASE - Solidariedade e Educação
Brazil, FMAP – Fórum de Mulheres da Amazônia Paraense
Brazil, FNPE – Fórum Nacional Popular de Educação
Brazil, FNU – Federação Nacional dos Urbanitários
Brazil, Fórum Popular da Natureza
Brazil, Frente Parlamentar Ambientalista
Brazil, Frente Parlamentar Mista em Defesa dos Direitos dos Povos Indígenas
Brazil, Fridays for Future Brasil
Brazil, Fundação Avina
Brazil, FVA – Fundação Vitória Amazônica
Brazil, Gambá - Grupo Ambientalista da Bahia
Brazil, Greenpeace Brasil
Brazil, IDESAM - Instituto de Conservação e Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Amazônia
Brazil, IEA – Instituto de Estudos Amazônicos
Brazil, INESC - Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos - INESC
Brazil, Instituo 5 Elementos - Educação para Sustentabilidade
Brazil, Instituto Climainfo
Brazil, Instituto de Pesquisa e Formação Indígena - Iepé
Brazil, Instituto PACS
Brazil, IQ/UFPA – Projeto Saúde, Cidadania e Direitos Humanos
Brazil, ISA – Instituto Socioambiental
Brazil, ISPN – Instituto Sociedade, População e Natureza
Brazil, MAB – Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens
Brazil, Marcha Mundial das Mulheres
Brazil, Marcha Mundial por Justiça Climática/Marcha Mundial do Clima
Brazil, Mater Natura - Instituto de Estudos Ambientais
Brazil, MCP – Movimento Camponês Popular
Brazil, MNCCD – Movimento Nacional Contra Corrupção e pela Democracia
Brazil, Movimento Nacional ODS/Sergipe
Brazil, Movimento Saúde Mental
Brazil, MPA – Movimentos dos Pequenos Agricultores
Brazil, MST – Movimentos dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra
Brazil, Observatório de Direitos Humanos dos Povos Indígenas Isolados e de Recente Contato - Opi
Brazil, OC – Observatório do Clima
Brazil, ONDAS – Observatório Nacional dos Direitos à Água e ao Saneamento
Brazil, Projeto Saúde e Alegria
Brazil, Província dos Missionários Combonianos do Brasil
Brazil, RCA – Rede de Cooperação Amazônica
Brazil, Rede Igrejas e Mineração
Brazil, Semana Social Brasileira
Brazil, SERRSMG – Sindicato dos Empregados Rurais da Região Sul de Minas Gerais
Brazil, Sinfrajupe – Serviço Interfranciscano de Justiça, Paz e Ecologia
Venezuela, Geografia Viva
Pan Africa Today
Ghana, SFG – Socialist Forum of Ghana
Kenya, Revolution Socialist League
Kenya, World March of Women
South Africa, ABM – AbahlaliBasemjondolo
South Africa, NUMSA – National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa
South Africa, SRWP – Socialist Revolutionary Workers’ Party
Tanzania, MVIWATA – MTANDAO WA VIKUNDI VYA WAKULIMA TANZANIA
Zambia, SP – Socialist Party Zambia
Bharain, Bahrain Women Association
Egypt, Socialist Popular Alliance Party
Iraq, General Students Union in the Republic of Iraq
Iraq, Iraqi Democratic Youth Federation
Iraq, Iraqi Women Forum
Iraq, Iraqi Womens League
Jordan, Arab Women Organization of Jordan
Jordan, Jordanian Communist Party
Jordan, Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party “Wihda”
Jordan, Jordanian Peoples’ Democratic Party
Jordan, Jordanian Women Federation “RMA”
Jordan, League of Democratic Youth
Lebanon, Equality of Boutros Rose for Women’s Work
Mauritania, We Can
Morocco, Democratic Way
Morocco, Moroccan Association for Human Rights
Morocco, Moroccan Association of Progressive Women
Morocco, Moroccan League for the Defense of Human Rights
Palestine, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Palestine, PalestinianDemocraticWomen "NADA"
Palestine, Palestinian Democratic Youth Union "PDYU"
Palestine, Palestinian People's Party Youth
Palestine, Palestinian Working Women Committees Union
Palestine, UAWC – Union of Agricultural Work Committees
Palestine, UPWC – Union of Palestinain Women Committes
Syria, Syrian Women League
Western Sahara, CODESA