PRESS STATEMENT: ABANDON FALSE SOLUTIONS. ABANDON BIOFUELS
ABANDON FALSE SOLUTIONS.
At 10 am today, representatives of peasant organizations in the region staged an action in front of the UNESCAP building where the climate talks are currently being held.
Leaders of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement of the Philippines), Asian Peasant Coalition, Asian Women Peasants’ Network, AMIHAN, were joined by the Peoples Action on Climate Change (PACC) to call on the UNFCCC negotiators to put a stop to the promotion of biofuels as an alternative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and related this to how the massive conversion of agricultural lands for biofuel production contributes to the global food crisis. Instead, the peasant leaders asserted the need to develop biodiverse ecological agriculture to address the climate crisis and the food crisis.
September 30, 2009
WE, The peasants who are global food producers, are here in Bangkok, Thailand to ensure that genuine and binding climate policies – that is responsive to our and the people’s needs and rights be included in the ongoing talks against climate change.
Climate change is not only jeopardizing our future but is being used by multi-national and trans-national corporations (TNCs) who are the main contributors to global warming to rake in more profit from our miseries. It is a known fact that these climate culprits are the main reason why we are experiencing massive hunger and poverty is continuing with its plunder and environmental destruction in an unprecedented manner.
According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the UN-IPCC unprecedented concentration of global warming gasses is causing the decline of our harvest.
It is a known fact, that even without vast tracks of agricultural lands around the world are being controlled and converted by plunderers into cash-crop plantations such as biofuels and other corporate schemes that alienates and forcibly driving us out from land.
Large tracts of forests have been lost in Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia due to conversion of forests to oil-palm plantations for biofuels export. This drive for the export market makes countries like the Philippines to embark more biofuel plantations at the expense of food production and to the detriment of farmers and the environment. The destruction of the world’s forests also lead to the conversion of agricultural plantations for export oriented crops, farms fo cattle raising and monoculture tree plantations.
It is alarming that these land grabbers and climate culprits are talking about climate change as another scheme to strengthen their hold over land resources. Also, upland farmers and indigenous peoples that depend on the forests are displaced. Further defeating any moves of the grass roots for food security and healthy environment.
Worse, the land is being degraded with the use of agrochemical products lik pesticides and fertilizer. These chemicals run on fossil fuels largely contributing to the GHG emissions and increasing the threats to our lives and livelihoods. The TNCs are robbing us of our lands, our health, our lives and the future of our generations.
We appeal to UN and other country representatives to make the ongoing UNFCCC intersessional meeting here in Bangkok becoming more responsive and should lead to an international agreement that will genuinely address climate change and environmental degradation in the region.
UN should not entertain false solutions that pushes business as usual scenario and rescind any agreements that promotes the control of large corporations on our lands and resources, the degradation of our environment and impede the genuine development of our nations. Biofuels, land use conversion, deforestation, use of agrochemicals and other anti-people and anti-environment practices that do not address the problems of climate change should be rejected.
We urge our country representatives inside the UNFCCC talks to unite with other vulnerable countries and its people in opposing carbon intensive globalization policies in the region.
Climate negotiation should always put first the needs and rights of poor people like the farmers in Southeast Asia and not the interest of northern rich countries and their big business. National governments of third world countries should learn from its experience in pursuing globalization policies like liberalizing and privatizing our land does not lead to economic development but widespread poverty and devastated environment.
KILUSANG MAGBUBUKID NG PILIPINAS
(PEASANT MOVEMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES)
(NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PEASANT WOMEN IN THE PHILIPPINES)
PACC (Peoples Action on Climate Change)
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