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imageThe Peoples' Movement on Climate Change (PMCC) seeks to advance the People's Protocol on Climate Change as the Southern peoples' strategy and response to the climate change issue.


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The Peoples' Protocol on Climate Change (PPCC) aims to involve the grassroots sectors in the climate change discourse by developing their capacities for engagement and action. It also aims to pressure governments and international bodies to put the people's perpectives and aspiration on the negotiating table in drawing up a post-2012 climate change framework.

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The people are the worst affected and yet are the least empowered. It is urgent, more than ever, for the people to unite and create their own spaces to raise their own concerns and issues on climate change.




PPCC's five-point platform for action

  1. Comprehensive and concerted but differentiated and equitable global effort to achieve deep, rapid, and sustained emissions reductions to stabilize CO2 concentrations at 350ppm and hold global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  2. Demand the reparation of Southern countries and the poor by Northern states, TNCs, and Northern-controlled institutions to redress historical injustices associated with climate change.
  3. Reject false solutions that allow Northern states and corporations to continue harming the environment and communities, provide new and greater opportunities for profit, and reinforce and expand corporate control over natural resources and technologies.
  4. Struggle for ecologically sustainable, socially just, pro-people, and long-lasting solutions.
  5. Strengthen the peoples' movement on climate change.

Copenhagen agreement must uphold human rights - climate activists PDF Print
Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:46

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (10 December 2009) - On Human Rights Day, the Peoples' Movement on Climate Change (PMCC) demand negotiators in the UN Climate Change Conference to make human rights the center of their negotiations for a global climate deal.

"Climate change causes human rights violations at every turn, from new health risks, to mass migration, to falling food and water supplies, to the disappearance of shelter, land, lives, livelihoods, and cultures. And those worst affected are the same ones whose rights protections are already precarious - the poor in developing countries, women, farmers, coastal and island dwellers, and indigenous people," says Wahu Kaara of the PMCC.

Developing countries bear over nine-tenths of the costs of adverse climate impacts, including an annual death toll of 300,000 from weather-related disasters, and economic losses amounting to $125 billion per year.

"Negotiators, particularly from rich counties, should start thinking of the lives of millions especially in poor countries whose rights are being undermined by climate change, and stop scheming to produce a deal that best protects their economic privileges," Kaara adds.

The PMCC's statement comes on the heels of the leaking of the "Danish Text", a draft agreement secretly written by rich countries including Denmark and the United States. The text abandons internationally legally-binding emissions reductions commitments by rich countries, and forces developing countries to agree to specific emissions cuts. The text also allows developed countries to emit nearly twice as much carbon per person than developing countries by 2050.

"A deal like this," according to Don Marut of PMCC, "will effectively lock rich countries' disproportionate share of the atmospheric space, and take away from developing countries and their poor majorities the right to develop. It asks the poor to remain in poverty, while they suffer from climate change. Poor countries cannot be expected to prioritize emissions cuts, not while millions in them still struggle to overcome poverty and realize their rights.

"The people need a rights-based climate deal. It is a deal that will protect the poor and the vulnerable from adverse climate impacts, and will make rich countries pay for having infringed on the poor's right to life, food, shelter, health, development, and so on," Marut adds.

"Developed countries, particularly the United States, the world's largest historical emitter, should submit to binding emissions reductions of at least 45% below 1990 levels by 2020, and at least 95% by 2050. They should also provide funds amounting to 1.5-2% of their GDP, as well as necessary technologies, to which developing countries should have democratic access and control."


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