1. The capitalist model that prioritizes benefits for transnational corporations over
those of the people and respect for nature is driving us towards the destruction of our
planet. Transnational corporations are our common enemies, they are enemies of
The future of humanity is under threat. Industrial agriculture and livestock and the
commercialized food system, along with the atmospheric contamination casued by
these large industries, are what is provoking the climate crisis. The life, knowledge and
culture of peasant and indigenous communities are at risk, and with them sufficient
and healthy food production are at risk as well.
2. La Vía Campesina’s struggle is a different approach, which values and protects the
knowledge, culture and role of peasant and indigenous small producers and family
farms in food production. We are the solution to hunger in the world and our agriculture cools the planet.
Food sovereignty is the global alternative confronting the capitalist system and the
multidimensional crisis it has generated (food crisis, biodiversity crisis, financial crisis,
energy crisis), it is an alternative for society as a whole.
3. After the failure of the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change
in Copenhagen (COP 15), the COP 16 will be held in Cancun, Mexico from November 29th to December 10th, 2010. We do not doubt that the governments of the
dominant countries, and their loyal allies in the South, are planning to meet again to
continue profiting on the basis of false solutions – such as agrofuels and the carbon
credits market – rather than addressing the real structural causes of the climate crisis,
which is part of the current multifaceted crisis of capitalism.
4. We are in high spirits following the World People’s Conference on Climate Change
and the Rights of Mother Earth, which took place in Cochabamba, Bolivia this past
April. The agreements affirm the rights of peasant and indigenous peoples, as well as
the rights of Mother Earth herself, and demand that industrialized countries assume
their historical responsibility for the climate crisis with real and drastic emissions cuts
and the payment of their climate debt, among other things.
Cancun, Mexico will be a distinct field of battle from the one in which we derailed the
WTO in 2003. So, we have made a call to create “Thousands of Cancuns” throughout
the world and throughout Mexico, during the dates when the COP 16 will take place, in
which we, the people, will show our complete disagreement with the false solutions of
big capital and bad governments and our firm determination to struggle for the real
solutions. We are calling for a process of struggle in which the basis will be the political
positioning regarding the subject and the real alternatives.
In Cancun, La Vía Campesina and allies will construct an Alternative Forum and we will mobilize to create a “sounding board” that will be heard and repeated in the many other “Cancuns” that will take place. The task is to create many Cancuns so that the real reason and the real promise of the struggle will spread throughout the entire world.
We propose starting now to impulse a process of constructing spaces and real
articulations from organizations and social movements, and that we meet again
leading up to August with constructed processes, from local and regional levels, to evaluate and consolidate the thousands of Cancuns. Today there are a number of initiatives proposed leading up to the COP 16, but none of them represent us. In particular, La Vía Campesina distances itself from certain “selfconvened” groups, and those who say they speak on behalf of social movements but who in reality are protagonists for their NGO. We want to construct processes and spaces so that more noncomformist voices can express their struggles. It is necessary to articulate, inform, organize and in this way from our struggles, from our bases, build a large world movement for Mother Earth.
We are for a real process of constructing spaces from the movements from below, along with goodhearted allies throughout the world and Mexico.
Peasants cool down the planet.
Globalize the struggle. Globalize hope!!!
Henry Saragih Alberto Gómez Flores
La Vía Campesina Internacional
Phone: +62217991890, Fax: +62217993426
La Vía Campesina Región Norteamérica
Phone Mobile: +52 55 41777846
Phone. +52 55 55843471 (México)