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CLIMATE JUSTICE

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BANGKOK – The latest offer of the European Union to cut its region's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent is "too low an ambition" and "will help kill the planet," climate justice activists claimed Sunday.

In a protest action outside the venue of climate talks here, advocates from various parts of Asia expressed dismay over the EU's proposal and demanded that "real solutions" to the climate crisis begin with deep, drastic and domestic emissions cuts by rich industrial countries, especially European countries and the United States.

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We are movements and organizations from Asia, waging struggles on various fronts and arenas to defend our rights, resist policies and projects that cause harm and destruction, and to fight for immediate priorities and demands, as well as profound transformation of our societies.

We envision a social and economic system:

• that is aimed at providing for the needs of people and aspirations for a humane, empowering and liberating life in a manner that respects the earth's capacity to regenerate, and to sustain life based on the integrity of natural systems;

• that is based on and promotes equity, parity, solidarity and mutual respect among people and nations regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, capabilities and class;

• that promotes sharing of land, water, forests, atmosphere, eco-systems and territories based on the principles of stewardship and not private ownership, and the rights of all people to equitable and responsible access to, and use of the commons;

• where there is equitable and democratic control of economic resources;

• where there is peace based on justice, and not the overcoming of conflict through the use of deception and military might.

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We are movements and organizations engaged in many struggles for a new world – a world in which the needs, interests, rights and aspirations of peoples everywhere have priority over the profit of corporations and the excess of elites. In the years ahead, our solidarity and collective action is extremely crucial. Climate change is already having devastating impacts globally and is accelerating. The window for preventing the breach of tipping points and stopping climate catastrophe is rapidly closing.

Climate change is more than multiplying the sufferings of people already burdened by the global injustices of hunger, dispossession and violation of human rights. It is a crisis that also threatens to wipe out vast populations and profoundly change life on Earth. We must act with clarity, cohesion and courage if we are to stabilize the Earth’s climate system and secure a just and sustainable world.

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Dec 1 action 2JSAPMDD sent a delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 17 (COP17) in Durban, South Africa from November 26 – December 10, 2011.

The JSAPMDD delegation included Lidy Nacpil, JSAPMDD Regional Coordinator; Willy D'Costa, Chairperson of JSAPMDD and INSAF (India); Saeed Baloch, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (Pakistan); Dayamani Barla, Adivasi Mulvasi Astitva Raksha Manch (India); Mohammad Arifur Rahman, SUPRO (Bangladesh); Sri Ranti Zachrani, WALHI/Friends of the Earth (Indonesia); Diana Ross, KRUHA (Indonesia); Ian Rivera, Freedom from Debt Coalition (Philippines); Job Bordamonte, Freedom from Debt Coalition (Philippines); Chona Leah Ramos and Maria Lourdes Tabios Nuera, from the JSAPMDD Secretariat.

Other JSAPMDD members who took part in the alliance's various activities were Hemantha Withanage of FOE – Asia/Pacific and Center for Environmental Justice (Sri Lanka); Reza Chowdhury, EquityBd (Bangladesh), Ahmed Swapan, Voice (Bangladesh); Imelda Rambitan, IESR (Indonesia); and Erwin Quinones of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice and Friends of the Earth (Philippines).

The delegation participated in several "inside and outside" actions planned and carried out by JSAPMDD together with groups such as the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Friends of the Earth-International (FOEI), Third World Network (TWN), World Development Movement (WDM), Institute for Policy Studies (IPS-SEEN), Comite per Riforma della Banca Mondial (CRBM), and other members of the WB Out of Climate Finance campaign.

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The Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) appeals to the international community for support to the victims of Typhoon Sendong that hit the southern part of the Philippines last December 16, 2011.

Just a week before the Christmas holidays, villages were swept away by flash floods and landslides as Typhoon Sendong struck provinces in Northern Mindanao and unleashed more than a month's worth of rainfall in 12 hours.