La Via Campesina in Action for Climate Justice

Henrich Böll Stiftung Ecology ( Vol 44.6

La Via Campesina, 2018

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This chapter outlines key aspects of system change in agriculture and gives concrete experiences of organized resistance and alternatives that are making change happen. In Part One we define La Via Campesina’s perspective on the climate crisis and present evidence to show that, while the industrial food system is one of the main drivers of global warming, peasant agroecology and food sovereignty6 offer huge potentials for reducing emissions – including by keeping fossil fuels underground, adapting to climatic changes and realizing social justice. Peasant agroecology and food sovereignty are social, political, and ecological visions that unite multiple sectors within a single movement to challenge business-as-usual and create systems of shared control over the requirements of life. In Part Two, we highlight four La Via Campesina members’ struggles for climate justice: how peasants in France, Indonesia, South and East Africa and Puerto Rico are resisting false solutions and developing pathways to the new system.

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