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  • Cindy Wiesner

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Published 12 December 2015

Cindy Wiesner, from the Global Justice Alliance, told teleSUR English the deal reached during the COP 21 negotiations spells disaster.

“I think for us, Grassroot Global Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Climate Justice Alliance as grassroots and impacted communities in the United States and Canada, I think our global leaders have failed us, and I think that's what is clear is that they did not do an ambitious enough negotiation to really save the planet. And in fact what they have done in terms of today's agreement is really signed what we are calling a “death warrant” for the planet, particularly for the continent of Africa, and I think for people it's a slow death that they are prescribing, and I think that for us as people impacted at the source of this extractive economy, we are seeing this is, in terms of the real impact of what these negotiations and this outcome is going to be.

We are making a call to action, a call to action at all levels, for us to really make the fight, at the local level, at the statewide-level, and at the national level and at the international level. We have to be able to implement our solutions that counter the agreement that was put forward today at Le Bourget.

What we have seen from different social movements like La Via Campesina International, Friends of the Earth International, Indigenous Environmental Network, Grassroot Global Justice, is countless people that have really indicted this agreement and I think for us it's very clear what is next: what's next is really a beginning to point to that our global leaders have failed us.

What will be interesting for us about the COP 22, first it's gonna be important to really figure out what the people of Morocco and the Sarahui people and the people of the Arab world, so much of what is at stake in terms of the war, economy and militarism, is about really controlling oil and controlling water and resources, and I think it could be an opportunity for us to really build with movements, social movements, Latin movements, environmental movements in the Arab world, and I think that that's going to be very critical over the next year. But I also want to warn us about continuing in the logic of the UN and then the COP. We know that for 21 years the COP has failed us, and 21 years too long. At the same time that we want to support the initiative and the leadership of the people of Morocco and the Sarahui people and in the region, it's also going to be important for us to be careful that we spend so much legitimizing the COP process as it moves forward.

There is a lot to be able to build. We are an under-resourced community and also under attack, so I believe in my heart that the solutions are gonna be coming from the local fights, the local struggles, and I think that that is going to be something as we as a movement need to really pay attention to, and how we support the strengthening of those demands, the leadership of those peoples first impacted and worst impacted, and I think that that is what is key in the development of our strategy. I am incredibly hopeful that solutions are a counterpoint to what we see right now as the dominant proposal around carbon markets, technofixes, renaming old mechanisms to make them sound better, we have to cut through all of that and tell the truth of what's actually needed to save the planet and humanity.”

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