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Juntos Somos 99%: Ocupa Rio Protest June 20-22

Marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations “Earth Summit” on global development, the international Occupy movement is calling for protesters to gather in Rio de Janeiro from June 20-22 to stage social movement pressure on the invitation-only participants in Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Countering last year’s (fair) criticism of a movement without a cause, the Occupy movement has released a petition that enumerates desired changes in the direction of policy and policymaking:

We,members of the Occupy movement and civil society,highlight the critical window of opportunity at the Earth Summit to vastly scale up political,financial & public response to the environmental,social & economic crisis of our time,& to raise ambition to the level that science demands. We are exceeding 3 of 9 planetary boundaries (climate change;biodiversity loss;changes to the nitrogen cycle) and our economy has outgrown the ecosystems we depend on. We denounce debt-created money and demand urgent regulation for a steady-state economy. We vow to respect and protect the beauty and diversity of life on Earth,realising our interconnectedness with nature. Governments,corporations and financial institutions must wake up and dramatically prioritise people & the planet over abusive exploitation for short-term profit & “growth.”

In defence of our rights, freedoms & future,we call for:

1. A direct participatory democratic UN: inclusive rights-based global decision-making;open-source communications. Prioritise youth,women,marginalised voices & civil society formally in negotiations.

2. Ending corporate capture of the UN: end compromising partnerships & transfer of officials. Exclude business lobbyists from talks. Expose & prohibit the bullying & bribing of poor nations by rich nations.

3. Realisation of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by increased cooperation,commitment,funding & resources,strengthening the Millennium Goals (MDGs) & cancelling unjust poor country debt.

4. Peace & demilitarization,democratising the UN Security Council,a binding global arms treaty,SDG on peace & conflict,nuclear disarmament by 2030 & transfer funds to local sustainable development.

5. A Financial Transaction Tax,abolition of tax havens & a Global Carbon Fee on extraction of fuels,to transparently & equitably fund life-saving adaptation solutions,prioritising resilience & climate justice.

6. Ending fossil fuel subsidies now & extraction by 2020. Invest in non-nuclear Renewable Energy for All: global wind/solar/small-hydro/geo-energy;efficient stoves;zero carbon global electricity by 2030.

7. Outlawing Ecocide as the 5th International Crime Against Peace: prosecute destruction of ecosystems e.g. tar sands,oil spills,mountaintop removal, fracking. Protect the commons & Rights of Mother Earth.

8. Zero deforestation of Amazon rainforest by 2015 & globally by 2020. Rejection of pricing & trading nature,including forests,water & the atmosphere;and rejection of offsetting damage/destruction.

9. Food & water sovereignty & security. Ban land grabs. Protect Indigenous peoples’ land rights. Switch support for biofuels & industrial,chemical & GM agriculture to small organic farming & permaculture.

10. Indicators beyond GDP: measure wellbeing, participation, environmental health, socio-economic equity, gender equality, employment, provision for needs/services, protection of rights, & peace.

This is what democracy looks like.

The multilingual website for protests at the Rio+20 summit is ocupario.org.

What’s your take on the UN summit and the pressure on participants coming from the streets?

2 comments to Juntos Somos 99%: Ocupa Rio Protest June 20-22

  • Tom

    It’ll go the way it always does – toned down (if any) information coming from the conference (we don’t want to panic anyone, now do we?), the protests will be ignored and the protesters will be arrested.

    It would be great if they could get even one participant inside with their well written list. The nations involved will have various accounts of how bad its gotten since Kyoto, but the big players won’t do anything much about it (although China is doing a LOT to green up for the future – even though, or maybe because their home environment is terrible). It’s absolutely dire out there now – i personally think, with kilometer-wide methane vents pouring the toxic gases into the atmosphere now, that it’s too late to avoid the catastrophic changes coming down on us as a result of our continuing pollution. It will become blindingly obvious in the near future (if it isn’t already to those paying attention) that we, as a species, have totally fucked up and should have addressed these concerns (as well as the population overshoot) back in the 1960′s and even before that.

  • Steven Earl Salmony

    If we agree to “think globally” about climate destabillization and at least one of its consensually validated principal agencies, it becomes evident that riveting attention on more and more seemingly perpetual GROWTH could be a grave mistake because we are denying how economic and population growth in the communities in which we live cannot continue as it has until now. Each village’s resources are being dissipated, each town’s environment degraded and every city’s fitness as place for our children to inhabit is being threatened. To proclaim something like, ‘the meat of any community plan for the future is, of course, growth’ fails to acknowledge that many villages, towns and cities are already ‘built out’, and also ‘filled in’ with people and pollutants. If the quality of life we enjoy now is to be maintained for the children, then limits on economic and population growth will have to be set. By so doing, we choose to “act locally” and sustainably.

    More economic and population growth are soon to become no longer sustainable in many too many places on the surface of Earth because biological constraints and physical limitations are immutably imposed upon ever increasing human consumption, production and population activities of people in many communities where most of us reside. Inasmuch as the Earth is finite with frangible environs, there comes a point at which GROWTH is unsustainable. There is much work to done locally. But that effort cannot reasonably begin without sensibly limiting economic and population growth.

    Problems worldwide that are derived from conspicuous overconsumption and rapacious plundering of limited resources, rampant overproduction of unnecessary stuff, and rapid human overpopulation of the Earth can be solved by human thought, judgment and action. After all, the things we have done can be undone. Think of it as ‘the great unwinding of human folly’. Like deconstructing the Tower of Babel. Any species that gives itself the moniker, Homo sapiens sapiens, can do that much, can it not?

    “We face a wide-open opportunity to break with the old ways of doing the town’s business…..” That is a true statement. But the necessary “break with the old ways” of continous economic and population growth is not what is occurring. There is a call for a break with the old ways, but the required changes in behavior are not what is being proposed as we plan for the future. What is being proposed and continues to occur is more of the same, old business-as-usual overconsumption, overproduction and overpopulation activities, the very activities that appear to be growing unsustainbly. More business-as-usual could soon become patently unsustainable, both locally and globally. A finite planet with the size, composition and environs of the Earth and a community with the boundaries, limited resources and wondrous climate of villages, towns and cities where we live may not be able to sustain much longer the economic and population growth that is occurring on our watch. Perhaps necessary changes away from UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH and toward sustainable lifestyles and right-sized corporate enterprises are in the offing.

    Think globally while there is still time and act locally before it is too late for human action to make any difference in the clear and presently dangerous course of unfolding human-induced ecological events, both in our planetary home and in our villages, towns and cities. If we choose to review the perspective of a ‘marketwatcher’ who can see what is actually before our eyes, perhaps all of us can get a little more reality-oriented to the world we inhabit and a less deceived by an attractive, flawed ideology that is highly touted and widely shared but evidently illusory and patently unsustainable.

    http://?www.marketwatch.com/Story/?story/?print?guid=5690DE5A-B033-11?E1-AB8D-002128049AD6

    This situation is no longer deniable. During my lifetime, many have understood the Global Predicament we are having to confront now, but only a few ‘voices in the wilderness’ were willing to speak out loudly and clearly about what everyone can see. It is not a pretty sight. The human community has precipitated a planetary emergency that only humankind is capable of undoing. The present ‘Unsustainable Path’ has to be abandoned in favor of a “road less travelled by”. It is late; there is no time left to waste. Perhaps now we will gather our remarkably abundant, distinctly human resources and respond ably to the daunting, human-induced, global challenges before us, the ones that threaten life as we know it and the integrity of Earth as a fit place for human habitation. Many voices, many more voices are needed for making necessary changes.

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