1000S MARCH IN PERU DURING UN CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS

1000s of people marched through Peru’s capital Lima yesterday as part of a ‘People’s Summit against Climate Change’ while across the city the UN holds climate change talks. The march was led by a banner reading ‘We’re changing the system, not the climate’ and included political parties, trade unionists, indigenous peoples from many countries, campesinos, women’s groups, students, and many others. There were speakers and banners with all kinds of messages: no to 'transnational companies' and lobbyists, Monsanto, Yanacocha, 'criminal persecution', assassinations, REDD, Peru’s recent legal reforms, 'unsustainable development', mines like Conga and Tia Maria in Peru, dams on the River Marañon, dams in general, neo-liberalism, capitalism, 'false solutions' to climate change, the UN climate talks themselves. . . and yes to Pachamama, 'Mother Earth', water, human rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, food sovereignty, renewable energy, the forests and the rivers. 

David Hill