Space for Movement?

In the wake of the failed COP-15 in Copenhagen last December, Bolivia’s first indigenous president called for a World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (CMPCC). Was this the necessary space for social movements to respond where governments and the UN have failed? Was it an attempt to co-opt radical demands? Following the CMPCC in Cochabamba, April 2010, this booklet reflects on the lessons from Bolivia and the role of movements in the fight for climate justice.

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  • 1. Introduction The First World People’s Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights, (CMPCC) – A Fresh Path?
  • 2. Situating the conference.
  • 3. What is climate justice?
  • 4. Process of the CMPCC.
  • 5. Confronting Contradictions.
  • 6. What we did in Bolivia.
  • 7. Questions from a movement-
    • a. Whose climate justice?
    • b. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – a tool for change?
    • c. To dance with the devil?
    • d. Capitalism or life?
    • e. Solidarity in movement?
  • 8. Analysis of an event.
  • 9. ¡Que Complicado! – Moving forward.
  • Glossary and Acronyms
  • Recommended further reading and links
  • Biographies
  • i Open letter to participants in the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
  • ii. Regional Integration and Alliance of Bolivarian States, (ALBA)
  • iii. The Ongoing Water Wars in Bolivia
  • iv. People’s Global Action
  • v. Struggles Against Extraction
  • vi. What is Climate Justice Action?
  • vii. ‘Building Bridges Across Continents with Grassroots Climate Justice Movements’ workshop
  • viii. An Immigration Raid
  • ix. History of the COP
  • x. Beyond Making Demands- The Right to Water
  • xi. October 12th, Change the System, Not the Climate!
  • xii. Via Campesina: Facing the COP16



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