Corporate land exploitation and climate change: Reflections on the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land: Page 3 of 3

Posted on 29 August 2019

recognize the rights of indigenous and traditional landholders to their lands and forests. Doing so will enable communities on the frontline of the climate emergency, utilizing local knowledge and skill, to sustainably provide for their own needs.

Ending neoliberal trade regimes and dismantling corporate power, including those of agro-TNCs, are integral to a truly transformative and ambitious climate action framework. Northern countries and national elites must include in their climate action commitments the promotion of a global economic architecture that ensures peoples’ rights, economic sovereignty, and cooperation on the basis of equality and solidarity. Foreign corporations must abide by strict environmental and community standards. Domestic and international trade policies must enable sustainable, community-based food production oriented towards achieving self-reliance and food sovereignty. We need new global governance institutions that are transparent, accountable, participatory, democratic and are not beholden to transnational corporate interest and influence.

All these profound changes demand that peoples and their movements assert their voice and rightful role in development and governance and to fight for the welfare of the environment and future generations. ###