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Climate disruption poses a major threat to people as well as other forms of life on this planet -- and the impact is being felt disproportionatey in vulnerable communities in the Global South. Rising sea levels, increased storm and hurricane activity, prolonged drought in water-stressed areas or other climate related impacts are making it harder and harder for small-scale farmers to grow the food that they need to feed their families and communities.
While Global North corporations directly engaged in the industries that emit the most greenhouse gases associated with climate change make record profits, peasants, indigenous peoples, women and youth throughout the Global South are among the hardest hit by its affects.
But that’s not the end of the story. The collective experiences, analyses, voices, and action of people from impacted communities – including peasants, indigenous peoples, women, and youth – are working to create real solutions to the climate crisis. Those same frontline movements draw a clear line between the loss of resource rights and the rise of climate change. They experience first-hand the impacts of intense weather events, as well as the relentless incursions of chemical companies like Monsanto and other industrial giants that poison water systems and grab land. And they offer grassroots solutions that are viable, scalable and urgent.
The message “Small Farmers Cool the Planet,” coined by Grassroots' partner the Via Campesina, summarizes that food sovereignty, seed sovereignty, agrarian reform, and water rights are in fact needed to prevent further greenhouse gas emissions. Studies show that small, sustainable agriculture does in fact cool the planet. In fact, small farmers using agroecology offer the best solutions that both feed the world and cool the planet. That’s why Grassroots International’s focus on resource rights is more relevant than ever, and it leads to the next step: Climate Justice. Climate Justice operates at the intersection of racial and social rights, environmental and economic justice. It focuses on the roots causes of climate change, and calls for a transformation to a sustainable, community-led economy.
Like Resource Rights, Climate Justice also means that those most impacted offer the most effective solutions. And for these frontline communities, the solution starts with defending land and rivers from mines, mega-projects and industrial agriculture; and expanding agroecology, transformative economies, and building community-controlled energy and food systems.Grassroots International is proud to stand up for these very solutions, along with allies in the US and around the world.
Here are a few links for more information about Grassroots International and our partners' work for climate justice:
- Analysis of Paris/COP21 Agreement
- Movements and Connections for a Stronger Global Climate Justice Movement
- Climate Justice and Palestine
- Land and Ocean Grabs not the solution to Climate Change
- Climate Change and Climate Justice in Haiti
- Black Lives and Climate Justice
- A New Collaboration: Announcing Launch of the Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund
- Land Occupation as a Strategy for Agrarian Reform and Climate Justice
- and much more!