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Peasant Agroecology Achieves Climate Justice

By various - La Via Campesina and Afrika Kontakt, May 2018

Both La Via Campesina and Afrika Kontakt agree that we are far from solving the climate crisis. The fundamental part of the problem has not been addressed: That it is our global socio-economic system that is causing climate change. Therefore, we must demand that the system is changed. More than that, we need to play our part in the creation of alternative strategies for real change. During the COP21 in Paris, climate activists were calling for justice under the rallying cries of system change, not climate change. Many of these activists come from the frontline battles of climate change. For them climate change is real and happening on an everyday basis. For them there is no more time to wait around for politicians to take action. Instead they are taking actions themselves through practices that remain ignored by many politicians and policy-makers or are actively undermined by the system.

The aim of this primer is to show the impacts that small-scale peasants are facing from climate change, but also the solutions they are using to address climate change. This primer draws on the knowledge of peasant farming communities from Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, D.R. Congo, Kenya, and Mozambique. Due to their communities’ strong connection to—and dependence on—nature and its natural resources, they are some of the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change. But their close connection has also enabled large bodies of knowledge that have been passed on through generations and which could offer much needed solutions to the climate crisis. The current state of play with the international negotiations, along with the calamitous projections for the future climate, calls for urgent action. We now know for sure that the system that caused climate change will not be the system to solve it. Instead we need to open our eyes to the many solutions that are already happening, and we need to scale them up. This entails a change in the global system.

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