WORKING GROUP ON ACTION STRATEGIES

(Action Plan of the Peoples Agreement)

Aware of the importance to join efforts to support the fight for the Defense of Mother Earth, the participants of the WPCCC call for the creation of a “Global Movement of Peoples for Mother Earth“, to make possible the unification of social forces to Defend Mother Earth and Life, to face climate change and capitalism.This movement will be formed voluntarily and with the most extensive characteristics of democracy, openness and flexibility, respect for the autonomy and diversity of its members, preparing to work as a network to propose, coordinate and support joint and individual actions at national, international and global levels around the implementation of the “Peoples Agreement” in Cochabamba, to save our Mother Earth.

The Alliance will be founded on the basis of complementarity and respect for diversity of origin and vision of its members, constituting an autonomous space of cooperation and convergence of efforts of the peoples for the development of actions at local, national, sub regional, regional and global levels.

The movement’s priority  is to be nurtured by and articulated with campaigns, networks, regional and global organizations that in recent years have worked to address climate change and defend the rights of Mother Earth, and other networks, regional and global organizations, sectoral and thematic that have made the same commitment.

Therefore it proposes the following lines of action:

1.   Political incidence

1.1      Work to spread the conclusions in our countries, organizations, unions, communities and others, of the “Peoples Agreement” under the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.

1.2      Refer the decisions of the “Peoples Agreement” to Governments and to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be included as a basis for negotiation towards the COP 16.

1.3      Carry out a promotion campaign, collection and dissemination of statements made by municipal governments, parliaments, local governments, regional and other, requiring Annex 1 countries significant reductions to ensure that the increase in global temperature stabilizes at 1 ° Celsius, which is essential to ensure life. The statements will be sent to the United Nations and the Secretariat of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, and will be presented in Mexico during the COP 16.

1.4      Establish mechanisms with the committed governments to coordinate activities to reject the Copenhagen Accord and promote of the “Peoples Agreement”.

1.5      Articulate efforts on actions that the various networks, movements and organizations have decided to make towards Mexico. In this regard support the vigils and actions planned in parallel and promote local, activities for those unable to attend this meeting.

1.6      The Action Plan of the “Peoples Agreement” must be financed on the basis of the initiative and self-management of the peoples, with constant transparency, recognition of ecological debt and climate, and without intervention by any international financial institutions associated with imperialist interests. Likewise, organize a common fund based on donations of solidarity for the implementation of the Action Plan activities.

1.7      Conduct a Global Referendum, in coordination with the various social movements and networks articulating consultations on local and global processes of climate change.

1.8      Promote fair and participatory economic transition, change of production patterns and trade of pollutants, respecting the proposals and  rights of workers and their unions, and promote the expansion of green jobs.

2. Economic Policies

2.1      Support the creation of a new global production model centered on respect for Mother Earth and the fight against poverty, rescuing the basis of production systems and community practices and those from cultural roots of complementarity, solidarity, reciprocity and sustainability.

2.2      Support the actions proposed by the peoples in observance of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the UN and ILO Convention 169 against extractive operations and investments, and projects that affect our peoples and their territories, including the suspension of the same until these comply with the previous advice and consent.

2.3      Influence the industries of consumer power usage through the transformation of our consumption habits: only we decide what we buy.

2.4      Promote profound changes in consumer behavior and direct actions against junk food and beverage, biotech, transnational polluters.

3. Organization and mobilization

3.1      Assume the organization of the movement as a process of collective dynamic and flexible construction, to be improved over time.

3.2      Promote a global march against the governments of Annex 1 countries, one day towards their embassies.

3.3      Organize marches in front of embassies and consulates of the countries who resist to assume new commitments under the second period of the Kyoto Protocol.

3.4      Promote the participation of the movement for Mother Earth in the international processes on climate change, amongst others before the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Affairs to endorse the “Peoples Agreement” as theirs.

3.5      Promote the creation of the Scientific Committee of the Peoples to generate specialized information to sustain our proposals, involving the participation of universities and others.

3.6      Promote working groups based on specific topics and connect them in a portal with a public database. Expand communication activities involving the student movements and other related organizations.

4. Legal

4.1      Start the development of an action before the International Court of Justice against Annex 1 countries that do not take or fulfill commitments to reduce greenhouse gases.

4.2      Report to the UN and human rights’ organizations worldwide the possibility that the industrialized nations perpetrate the greatest crime against humanity: a climate genocide for clear breach of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

4.3      Make requests for the report, questioning and other measures to parliaments and national congresses to hold governments accountable to the peoples for their actions by the destruction of the essential life material of the peoples and their performance in the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

5. Education

5.1      Provide information and education about climate change, its origins and who is responsible, with an emphasis on the negotiation process.

5.2      Promote awareness of individual and community responsibility to address the effects of climate change.

5.3      Promote actions to restore balance with nature, such as reforestation campaigns, with native species, creating seed banks in schools and nurseries, “fruit, food, seed sown”, jobs and green stores reduced use of vehicles and other actions from schools and community spaces that are translated into public policies.  

5.4      Encourage daily sustainability habits such as: stop littering and generating waste, consumption minimization and waste.

5.5      Recover and strengthen the ancestral knowledge of indigenous peoples of the world as tools to address climate change and protect Mother Earth and Life.

5.6      Redirect formal and alternative education system, particularly the university, to serve effectively in the struggle to halt climate change. Including new curricula, policies, environmental culture, with new research approaches and methodologies in all disciplines.

6. Information and Communication

6.1      Promote the articulation of alternative media networks to promote a global campaign of information and action around the goals and results of the “Peoples Agreement”.

6.2      Use the web page of the Conference as a communicational platform for the articulation and dissemination of the actions of the movement in all possible languages including those of indigenous peoples.

6.3      Make visible and publicly expose the major corporations and governments whose actions, products, services and activities damage the life of our Mother Earth.

6.4      Uniform and standardize messages and slogans of the campaign.

6.5      Promote that the mass media devote their time in rising-awareness on causes and consequences of climate change and restrict the consumerist contents that attempt to break the rights of Mother Earth.

7. Towards the 2nd Conference

The organizations participating in this Conference will promote the organization of a new World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth by the year 2011, in the framework of the movement’s building process and evaluating the results of the Cancun Conference.

 ANNEX 1: ACTION SCHEDULE                                                                           

Date Action: Place: Responsible
April 22nd Discussion on the Proposal: Harmony with Nature United Nations General Assembly Session for the International Day of Mother Earth Plurinational State of Bolivia
September 16th Mobilization Week 65 period of the UN General Assembly New York Committee being formed
October 10th Global working day  -  community projects to promote transition to low carbon All countries in the world 350.org
October 12nd to 16th Days of mobilization in defense of Mother Earth Internationally Via Campesina y movimientos indígenas
Diciembre4th, and 5th Global Day of Action In Mexico and internationally Global Climate Campaign
November 29th to December 11st Mobilization and permanent vigil Conference of the Parties at the UN Convention on Climate Change, Cancun, Mexico and internationally (local shares) Committee being formed
2011 2nd World Conference of the Peoples To be defined Committee being formed
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