People's Movement for Climate Change (PMCC)
  • Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
  • Stakeholder type: Major Group
  • Name: People's Movement for Climate Change (PMCC)
  • Submission Document: Download
Keywords: Common but differentiated responsibilities (0 hits), CBDR (2 hits),

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Submission to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Climate change is the result of unsustainable development, and threatens to keep the poor especially in the South to realize their right to develop. Climate change and its impacts are quickly getting worse. Rio+20 must tackle this challenge squarely along with other sustainable development challenges.

The Peoples' Movement of Climate Change (PMCC) is a network of individuals and organizations in the South asserting that solutions to the climate crisis lie in the hands of the people. This submission focuses on elements expected to be included in Rio+20 outcome document. The outcome document should:

? Be guided by the following principles:

o Sovereignty. People must ultimately have stewardship, access and control over natural resources and the wealth accruing from their use. Nations, communities, and sectors should be able to utilize their resources to meet their social needs, and pursue independent and ecologically sustainable paths to development.

o Respect for the environment. In using environmental resources, the needs of the people and the planet must take precedence over the pursuit of profits.

o Social justice and human rights.Unsustainable development is a social justice issue. It entails unjust environmental, social and economic outcomes and human rights violations. Efforts to achieve sustainable development should also achieve social justice and uphold human rights.

o Responsibility.The environmental and human well-being is our shared responsibility, but the burden to act must be commensurate to one?s contribution to causing unsustainable development.

? Put social justice, human rights, and human development at its heart. Ending poverty, inequality and other forms of injustice must not be afterthoughts to sustainable development strategies. At the core of sustainable development is creating societies and forms of development in which all human rights are realized and economic and development benefits are fairly shared leading to human and environmental well-being.

? Recommit countries to the principle of common but differentiated responsibility (CBDR). Recent years have seen attempts to redefine, weaken, or reject CBDR. All countries should reaffirm CBDR in Rio.

? Commit countries toadequate global action. Efforts of countries should not be a patchwork of individual actions that ultimately fall short of what is needed, but must add up to the magnitude of change required at the global level to achieve sustainable development.

? Commit Northern economies and corporations to radically alter production and consumption patterns in order to shrink their ecological footprints to fair and sustainable levels.

? Commit Southern economies toshift to low-carbon and equitable development pathswith the support of compensatory financial and technology transfers from the North and a coherent international economic environment.

? Set a roadmap for the rapid transition away from fossil fuels as energy sources and towards new, renewable energy sources and systems such as wind, solar, geothermal, sustainable micro-hydro, and so on.

? Promote local, ecologically-sound farming led by small farmersthat that prioritizes achieving food security and self-sufficiency.

? Commit countries to halt deforestation, stop large-scale mining and commercial logging activities by TNCs in the South, and the encroachment of export cash-crop plantations into forests.

? Call for an the immediate end of all subsidies and investments by governments and international public financial institutions to fossil fuel projects that will lock the world with carbon-dependent energy, production, and transportation systems far into the future. Redirect public funds to research and investments in developing environmentally-friendly technologies, renewable energy systems, sustainable mass transportation, and so on.

? Commit countries to review, renegotiate, or repudiate unequal multilateral and bilateral trading and investment arrangements that undermine environmental regulations and allow for the unrestricted exploitation, pollution, and destruction of Southern resources by Northern corporations.

? Commit Northern states to deeper international cooperation to support sustainable development in the South through greater sharing of resources (finance, technologies, capacity-building) and coherent trade, investment, finance, aid and technology policies.

? Commit countries to reject false solutions that allow corporations mainly from the North to continue harming the environment and communities, provide new and greater opportunities for profit, and reinforce and expand corporate control over natural resources and technologiesincluding carbon market, carbon offsetting, geo-engineering, nuclear power, megadams, and genetically modified crops.

? Ensure that sustainable development governance is democratic, participatory, and equitable, allowing for the representation and participation of social sectors and marginalized groups.

? Support the institutionalization of democratic planning and participatory management in the use and conservation of resources for present and future production, consumption, and other social uses.

? Call for greater public investment on research and development (R&D) of ecologically sustainable energy, production, and transportation systems, emphasizing participatory approaches and combining formal science with local knowledge.
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