Submitted by JULIA CAMAGONGILPS Special Coordinator for Latin America and Caribbean
All photos by Matanglawin
People’s movements and organizations across the globe today meet the opening of the Rio+20 with its rejection of the ruse behind the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)’s themes of Green Economy and its renewed take on the Sustainable Development framework. Hundreds of thousands of peoples commemorate June 20, dubbed as “Global Day of Action on Rio+20,” with simultaneous rallies, marches and protest actions in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Green Economy, as defined in the UN, is the pursuit of economic growth through public and private investments that would reduce carbon emissions, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Rich capitalist countries like the US and the European Union are using the green economy concept to cover their destructive and pollutive economic production and practices. Green Economy in the real sense is the commodification and financialization of natural resources so that capitalist countries and their corporations can continue to exploit people and plunder our environment for the sake of profit," explained Dominican Republic’s Virtudez Alvarez, of Solidaridad, a bi-continental network of Latin American and Asian people’s organizations.
The International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) and Solidaridad, a network of Latin American and Asian people’s organizations are joining the rally at the City Center, with calls to expose the Green Economy as a desperate attempt of capitalist countries to profit from the economic and ecological crisis of its own doing.
African social activist Wahu Kaara, Coordinator of the Kenya Debt Relief Network, said that “For more than 20 years the much-abused slogan of Sustainable Development has been utilized by promoters of capitalist interest but we continue to experience more privatization of resources, devastation of the environment and widespread poverty. Development never came for 99% of the earth’s population, and it will never come under the regime of monopoly capitalism in the world. The peoples of both the developed and underdeveloped countries have abhorred capitalism and are seeking now for ways out of this system.”
ILPS Chairperson, Jose Maria Sison, in a statement on, proposes that “the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) and the broad masses of the people intensify their anti-imperialist and democratic struggles, with the perspective of advancing in the direction of socialist revolution.”
Sison further explained that the high level of science and technology today, which has accelerated and aggravated the recurrence of the global financial and economic crisis, can only be put to better use to serve people’s interest under the socialist system. He said under socialism, science and technology can expand and improve the quality of production without resulting in a crisis of overproduction. It offers ceaseless possibilities for centrally planned, decentralized and creative economic, social, political, cultural, educational and scientific activities.”
Clemente Bautista of the Philippines’ Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment said “people’s movements must unmask the UN’s sustainable development and green economy agenda as nothing but the relentless plunder of the environment by the US and other imperialist powers to the detriment of the people. Only a government that is founded on the people’s struggles to bring down global capitalism and build a socialist future can people hope to realize their dreams for a better world.”
Reference: Clemente Bautista 83707547Nicole Benedicto 80739442 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
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