To all JS-APMDD and RTRS Members and Friends
Call for Coordinated Activities and Actions On April 22 Earth Day
April 12, 2010

On April 19-22, 2010, over 15,000 people and up to 70 governments from all over the world will gather to attend the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The event is in response to the failed COP15 in Copenhagen and aims to highlight the central role of peoples movements and social movements in the climate struggle and the critical alliance that must be forged between movements and progressive governments.

In solidarity with this global gathering and in celebration of Earth Day, JS APMDD and the Right to Essential Services and Natural Resources urge all its members and friends to organize actions on this day and use this occasion in raising our demands for climate justice and opposition to water and power privatization projects that exacerbate climate change.

Through these actions, we will put forward the following demands:
1. For North countries to give full reparations for the ecological debt and climate debt they owe to the South.
2. For North countries to undertake deep, drastic cuts of GHG emissions through domestic measures.
3. Southern nations to assert their right to develop and meet the needs of its people through a system that is ecologically sound, just, equitable and democratic.
4. End the policies, operations and projects of IFIs that exacerbate climate change, including water and power projects. Stop IFIs, especially the WB and regional development banks, from claiming major roles in addressing the climate crisis and using it to push more privatization projects.
5. For all governments to recognize and ensure peoples’ rights and access to sufficient, affordable, clean, quality water and adequate, reliable, affordable, safe, clean and sustainable power services and energy.
6. For all governments to recognize that the use of very critical ecological and environmental resources in water and power services necessitate that these services remain under the public domain and protected from intrusion by corporations.
7. Cancel all illegitimate debts claimed from the South as a matter of justice and as a major step towards enabling countries to deal with the economic and climate crises.

We will give prominence to the following calls:

Please share with us information on your plans and send us news and photos of your activities immediately after they have taken place so we can help circulate and disseminate them.

For more information contact:
Lidy Nacpil, Coordinator
Jubilee South – Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt & Development (JSAPMDD)
Telefax 632-9253036,
34 Matiyaga Street, Central District, Quezon City, Philippines 1100