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Lima Declaration - Peoples' Summit Against Climate Change

Lima Declaration - Peoples' Summit Against Climate Change

Capital seeks to face its systemic crisis by imposing the capture of water, the looting of territories and natural heritage, predation, the production of fossil fuels, the greater exploitation of workers, the repression of social movements and Physical and psychological violence increases multiple forms of criminalization of struggles, of peoples, of militarization and territorial control. All of this is encouraged by the media corporations.

In addition, to this reality must be added the capture of the States and their bureaucracies by economic power, the payment of unjust and corrupt debts, and a diversity of facts that exclusively benefit the true powers after the governments of the day, docile to the mandate of national companies and large transnational corporations and their political operators. At this juncture, the People's Summit represents the voice of the exploited and oppressed sectors of the world, of those marginalized by an economic and cultural system that subordinates them to the racist, fundamentalist, sexist and employer sectors that benefit from the capitalist model.

At this crucial moment that humanity is going through, in which the very serious climate change that we are suffering requires urgent actions on the part of global society, we demand that the Governments - and the United Nations System gathered at COP 20 - adopt agreements that respect and value the life of native, rural and urban peoples, and that promote the preservation of global biodiversity. We reject any market mechanism that is proposed as a solution to climate and environmental problems. Those of us who meet at this summit gather and are part of the processes of previous struggles that have been woven in our peoples, and we arrived at this moment with that strength and collective construction.

Based on this, we express and demand: The governments of the world to respect our territories, rights and ways of life, our cultures, customs and worldviews about life and the world we inhabit.

We denounce the exploitation of our natural resources and territories by extractive industries, which affect our livelihoods, our source of identity and the harmonious relationship of our communities with Mother Earth. We demand the recognition of the territorial property of the communities that have traditionally lived on their lands.

We do not accept external control of the territories, nor the processes of negotiation and implementation of false solutions to the climate. Governments must have as a central axis the respect of our ancestral ways of life and the recognition of our self-determination as original nations and peoples. Likewise, we clarify that the set of initiatives aimed at reversing the destructive climatic trend towards which our planet has been led must consider the historical responsibilities of developed countries and the recognition and reparation of the historical and ecological debt they have with the global South. . In particular, transnational private equity corporations in developed countries must be held accountable for their actions and practices at the global level. We demand full justice in the cases of contamination by Newmont, Doeran in Peru, and Chevron-Texaco, among others, which in its passage through the Amazon left as a legacy one of the greatest ecocides in the history of the planet.

We demand that governments and companies accept and respect our human right to decent work, with full exercise of individual and collective rights, and that a just transition process be guaranteed in a world that allows us to improve the quality of life. We demand guarantees of universal access to protection and social security systems, respect for our freedom of association and a fair and equitable distribution of the wealth produced with our work and knowledge.

We consider that no action to face climate change will be efficient or viable if it is not promoted with effective public policies in favor of small family and peasant agriculture, agrarian reform, sovereignty and food security of our peoples, self-sustainable production, with agro-ecological base, autochthonous and free of GMOs and pesticides, oriented towards human consumption and the preservation of our biodiversity. We believe that in order to advance towards a just world and a local, solidarity, cooperative, feminist and communal economy, it is essential to recognize the human right to food, as well as the great contribution of peasant family farming, which contributes more than 70% of feeding the world. We demand to stop the production and expansion of agrofuels, which promote deforestation, land erosion, contamination of water and air sources, and represent a form of territorial recolonization.

As an expression of this capital strategy, in recent years the processes of privatization, commodification and financialization of nature, expressed in the principles of the green economy, which present us with false solutions to the climate crisis, have intensified. Some of them are: Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM), projects to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), transgenics, agrofuels, geoengineering, hydroelectric megaprojects, nuclear power plants, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), agriculture climate smart. Capital's strategy also goes through what we call the architecture of impunity for transnational corporations and governments, through free trade and investment protection agreements, among others, that seek to privatize essential services such as water, education, health and housing, and violate the human rights of workers and peoples.

The Peoples' Summit rejects all these strategies of capital As we stated before, we denounce the capitalist-patriarchal system that supports the oppression and control over the body, work and life of women, promotes sexual violence and trafficking, marginalizes them from various areas of social and public life. It is necessary to move towards another social division of labor, which eliminates the subordination of female work, which does not make care work, which makes social reproduction possible, invisible or subordinate it to market mandates. We demand a radical change that recognizes reproductive work as the basis of human sustainability and of relationships between people and communities.

All alternatives must incorporate the feminist perspective and promote a fairer relationship between men and women. We advocate the promotion of responsible and non-alienated consumption, based on the adoption of healthy consumption habits and guidelines, and in accordance with human need, not subject to the ambition of capital. A consumption that does not contribute to environmental pollution or climate change.

We encourage the responsible use of vital resources, recycling, and the sustainable management of solid waste.

We are committed to promoting citizen awareness regarding the actions that we can take individually and collectively to move towards a more just world. States must take immediate decisions and measures for the protection, conservation or restoration of basins, ecosystems, high mountains, wetlands, wetlands, moors, steppes, forests, aquifers, lakes, rivers, springs, coastal marine areas, which feed mother Earth.

These ecosystems and water sources are affected by the activities of extractive industries, such as mining, oil, coal and gas, by cutting down trees and dumping waste, among other causes.

The human right to water and sanitation must be guaranteed, under equal conditions, access and sanitation. This can only be guaranteed with public companies in public hands. The Peoples' Summit questions the incoherence of the Peruvian government in its capacity as president of COP 20. Due to the environmental, labor and tax policies recently adopted in favor of private investment - lowering standards and regulations that affect collective, environmental and cultural rights -. We denounce the repression suffered by indigenous representatives, union leaders and peasants, environmental activists, as well as the harassment of delegations that arrived at the Peoples' Summit from various regions of the country and abroad.

The Peoples' Summit questions the corporate capture of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Large transnational corporations "accompany" governments in global negotiations to agree on measures that have the sole purpose of clearing industrialized countries of responsibility for their greenhouse gas emissions and for being the main responsible for climate change. We demand that the payments for external and internal debt services - which suffocate the peoples and limit the capacity of the States to meet the basic needs of the populations - be used to face the environmental and climate crisis, because it depends on the survival of Humanity and all living species on the planet

. The Peoples' Summit welcomes the committed and enthusiastic mobilization of the tens of thousands of citizens from around the world who participated in the Great Global March in Defense of Mother Earth (10 / Dec) in Lima and in other cities around the world .

This great concentration of organizations, movements and delegations from Peru and many other countries is the clearest expression of the position of the peoples in favor of a just and democratic world that guarantees harmony between human existence and the rights of Nature and Nature. Mother Earth.

We will continue to strengthen the articulation of our struggles, actively and permanently in the multiple mobilizations of 2015, with a special moment of activism in Paris, France, where COP 21 will be held. From now on, the world's social movements are preparing to give continuity to the struggles from our territories in defense of life, until our demands are met.

We will continue fighting until we change the system ... Not the Climate!

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