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IBON partners in Kenya form Climate Justice Core Group composed of grassroots organizations in frontline communities: Page 3 of 4

Posted on 9 July 2015
  • be privatized
  • Public finance should be mobilized for public and community energy alternatives
  • Management of energy systems in democratic ways

Food

  • Massive land grabs resulting into food insecurity
  • Control of domestic food production by Multinational Corporations
  • Forced evictions of indigenous communities to pave way for bio-fuels
  • Promotion of sustainable agriculture
  • Halting of the current land grabs
  • Land reforms
  • Resistance to land grabs
  • Rejection and resistance to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Water

  • Privatization of water
  • Diversion of domestic water to corporate farms egg flower industries
  • Halting commodification and privatization of water
  • Resistance to privatization of water
  • Protection of sources of water

Climate disasters

  • Uncertainty as a result of climate change
  • Protection from climate disasters
  • A just compensatory system for climate disasters
  • Protection of rights and welfare of climate refugees
  • Technology to be people driven

Climate justice falsehoods

  • Touting solutions to the current climate crisis
  • The need for resistance to corporations that enhance the climate crisis
  • Companies that pollute the environment to be held accountable
  • Collective action to resist climatic crisisfalsehoods
  • Social transformation and local and national levels

Key observations made

  • There is innate resiliency amongst the core group members towards the climate crisis. What is needed is more spaces for conscientization amongst the group to enable better articulation of Climate change and how it has impacted on the target communities at all levels
  • There is a fallacy amongst the core group members that political class and legislations will be responsible for the realization of the change they seek with regard to climate change issues
  • The core group member alongside their represented communities address the symptoms of the climate crisis, there is need for a shift in strategies and type of information as well as the sources of this information,that grassroots communities are accessing with regard to climate change.This shift is expected to bring to an end the feelings of powerlessness and resignation victims’ syndrome among grassroots organizers on climate justice
  • Social mobilization on the climate justice agenda is called for, including formation of more and stronger allies, this need not only be in the communities where the core group members come from but across communities, only then will be innate power of grassroots communities to demand change be realized.

Conclusions

  • The lack of laws to address the plight of climate refugees is deliberate to protect governments from being responsible in addressing the impacts of climate change on communities
  • It is only when frontline communities come together, will they be able to address the climate challenge. This is because the developed nations work collectively
  • Countries in the global south have the fewest industries that pollute the environment, their manufacturing sector is not as developed and in many cases are exporters of raw materials, with the final products being manufactured in the developed world. Developing nations should thus not be made to bear the burden of the current climate crisis
  • There is need for a shift amongs communities from blaming themselves and fellow community members e.g. loggers for the climate crisis (blaming the victim syndrome) and allocate the blame on responsible nations and systems including
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