Negotiating Our Future

Nicole Szucs Guzman reports on international climate change negotiations and other news related to social movements. 

Not another brick in the wall. Latin America through the streets

Latin America has a very dynamic and contrasting culture. It is full of life and colors, yet the social, environmental and economic situation is still hard and unfair in many places. The political environment is gearing towards more populist governments, which shows us the struggle of the people, and the need for change. On the other hand, the growing economic status of the countries emphasizes the gap between the rich and the poor. Young people all over the region are manifesting their concerns about society and their future.

The death road: Indigenous rights vs. highway. Morales vs. the Amazons

It´s been a while, I know but I have been living in Bolivia´s Amazon for the past year, getting to know my country´s vast nature and interesting cultures.{ As many of you might know, we have in Bolivia the first indigenous president in the region. Morales entered the presidency promising a big change, the change that Bolivia needed. He started preaching for indigenous rights for equal rights for “mother earth”, de-colonozation, anti- imperialism, etc. He is known worldwide for these intended reforms.}

On Climate Change and Happiness
In between music, protest, a soda made of coca leaves, celebrities, presidents, food, chocolate and endless queues for gifts, the first World People’s Conference on Climate Change took place last week. Compared to the COP15 in Copenhagen, where the civil society got shut out the last days and an “Accord” came out of closed negotiations between the biggest polluters, in Cochabamba the civil society was the protagonist, and social movements had the voice. As Naomi Klein mentions in her article, this conference was called by Morales as “a revolt against this experience of helplessness [in the COP15],and an attempt to build a base of power behind the right to survive”. People needed to express their concerns, their ideas and mainly to be heard, thing that would have hardly happen under official negotiations.
Change the system, not the climate.

The World People's Conference on Climate Change started officially yesterday in Cochabamba, Bolivia. A much polluted, medium size city is hosting around 20,000 people, gathering to talk about climate change....again. 37 countries have send official delegations, 110 countries are somehow represented, and hundreds of civil organizations are participating.

However, this conference is different, because as the Environment Minister mentioned " it is not what is going to happen in the conference, or the results, it's what the conference is going to trigger later that matters".

Ideologia y Responsabilidad

Las consecuencias del Cambio Climático no discriminan nación, raza ni responsabilidad histórica. Este fenómeno se caracteriza, entre otras cosas, en ser irreversible, acumulativo y mundial.

Ideology and Responsibility (English)

Climate Change consequences do not distinguish between nations, race or historical responsibilities. This phenomenon is characterized, among other things, for being irreversible, accumulative and global. Rich and poor nations are going to suffer the consequences of this world crises in the short and long run, within different time and intensity frames.

Alternatives?

Yesterday was a crazy day, again, here in Copenhagen. After most of NGOs members were declined entrance to the Bella Center ( even if they had their second badges), things started to heat up. There were protests were NGO people burnt their badges, people pushing to get in the Bella Center, peaceful protests in the train stations, protestets inside the plenary!etc.

Absolute insanity at the COP15

I just got in the Bella Center, after standing outside for 3 hours, and I was a lucky one because I already had the 2 budges needed to get in the Center. Surrounded by many NGOs members, including the president of Green Peace for a bit, I just had to stand there and wait for the organization to be sorted. While in line, I finally had time to -stand and observe- and reflect about the irony and the ridiculous contradictions of this whole process.

Blah Blah Blah... act now!

 Here are some pictures from the demonstration this past saturday..more than words.

'I Wish I Was Bolivian'

Ecological debt and historical responsibility are positions being supported by ALBA countries and some African nations. Today, a press conference was held showing the Bolivian position of ecological debt. Among their demands,  suggestions and ideological points, they expressed that the fight from the south should emphasize the demand of radical reduction of emissions from the north and that they should pay the ecological debt that they owe to developing countries for having used more atmospheric space than they should