In December 2019, the Summit of the Parties or COP25 against Climate Change failed miserably, and a few weeks later the coronavirus pandemic that has humanity in suspense exploded.
At this point, while the dead are counted in the thousands and economies creak, evidence is also accumulating that relates one fact to the other: The health drama that we live cannot be dissociated, with the impacts that the dominant mode of production and consumption exerts on ecosystems and the climate system. Therefore the successful exit from this disaster has to include profound changes in our way of being in the world.
In our country (Argentina) that means stopping promoting extractivism. In health, the national government headed by Alberto Fernández took the right measures and argues that it is false to oppose health care and that of the economy against the pressure from corporate sectors to lift the quarantine.
However, all extractive activities have been exempted from it and thus, while millions of us remain in our homes and neighborhoods, clearing continues (more than 2,000 hectares since mid-March), prospecting and exploitation of hydrocarbons (even with the collapse of the prices) and mega-mining, along with industrial meat production and transgenic and toxic agribusiness that have nothing to do with the supply of food (on whose prices we also suffer speculative lashes due to concentration).
All these activities are closely related to the climate crisis and, as we said, to the disasters from which pandemics such as the one we suffer today emerge. We are millions around the world who believe that there is a “normality” to which we cannot return.
It is time to emphasize the part of opportunity that every crisis entails, and we know that this is fundamentally the responsibility of the organization of peoples and communities.
That is why we share again the dossier that we built so recently when COP25 was held, as input for the crucial debates that we face. We hope it will be helpful to you and here we are for the exchange. There is a hug.
Enrique Viale - Asoc. Environmental Lawyers of Argentina
How do we deal with climate change? Just thinking about it brings up images of big clouds, floods, hurricanes and droughts in the face of which what we can do seems null. In front of them there are no signs with cool phrases, or marches that serve. The power responsible for this crisis has also taken care of that: to put the field away ... In Madrid begins the 25th Conference of the Parties or COP25, which is the supreme body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) . In it, governments debate and propose measures to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis derived from human action ... and so far they have failed miserably.
Carlos Vicente - GRAIN
While greenhouse gas emissions have not stopped growing, the rationale behind the "economic development" models responsible for this crisis are in good health. Furthermore, the "solutions" that are proposed "from above" are based on the same logics that lead us to the abyss. If "each crisis is an opportunity", capital has known how to take advantage of each one, and in this case it is no different: geoengineering, carbon credits, etc. The new businesses of capital with the climate crisis that it generated. But at the bottom, the peoples are not only the ones who suffer the effects of climate change most severely, but we have been installing the debate on its true causes and building alternatives that open new horizons for everyone.
Hernan Scandizzo - OPSur
While the action of a new generation of environmental activists has managed to further corner denialism, it is impossible for powers embroiled in an escalating geopolitical dispute to address the structural causes of this enormous challenge. The push for "extreme energies", or the proposition of false options such as carbon credits or geo-engineering show just the opposite. Meanwhile we are the peoples of the world, especially of the south, who sometimes pay the bill with our lives. From Argentina, submerged in a huge crisis, the siren songs around Vaca Muerta have remained constant during the change of government. From the “scorched earth” enormous expectations are placed in this unconventional hydrocarbon formation and in the Neuquén basin; but from every point of view, is the exploitation of Vaca Muerta viable?
Silvia Ribeiro - ETC Group
"It is as if there were two worlds: on the one hand the businesses of governments and companies, and on the other that of the people with their real alternatives"
When we talk about the climate crisis, it is worth asking ourselves what is really in crisis? The resounding failure of the COP25 in Madrid in a context of the greatest global awareness that we have recorded, with enormous mobilizations, with denialism on the ropes, with the novel alliances between the most dissimilar sectors, leads us to ask ourselves who really failed ? From Madrid, Silvia Ribeiro from the ETC Group, shows us inside the summit and shapes the real debates. It breaks down the 2.0 of the carbon markets and the offensive to install false solutions with geo-engineering techniques. As global powers escalate their dispute like drunks fighting on the deck of the Titanic; and the owners of capital, the famous 1%, only manage to try new businesses with the disaster they made; The peoples of the world are full of concrete alternatives and walking to cool the planet. Their failure is not ours. Drawing conclusions and expanding ongoing experiences is essential for those of us in Argentina who have been part of the defeat of the neoliberal project, and we seek to avoid the start of a new extractive cycle. There are concrete and powerful alternatives to hunger and the energy crisis, but they do not come from the hand of capital.