Climate justice activists flipped the conversation on the Green Economy to expose the Greed Economy. Joanna Cabello of CarbonTradeWatch describes, "Green economy is dangerous because it sounds like something we need to do ... but actually what green economy means is an expansion of the same system. It means more extraction. It means privitizing and commodifying things that have always been in the hands of everyone because they are not supposed to belong to anyone."
The video playlist by Global Justice Ecology Project has a number of interviews and shots from the ground. You can click through the videos using the next button on the player.
Promotional videos called Rio+20 "a global conversation" and invited people to "be part of it." Who was really at the table? Major corporations and their government counterparts.
Declaration of Kari-Oca II adopted by five hundred Indigenous representatives in sacred ceremony
Excerpt from the article by Jeff Conant for Climate connections:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 19, 2012 – Over five hundred Indigenous Peoples from Brazil and throughout the world gathered at Kari-Oca II, an encampment seated at the foot of a mountain near Rio Centro, to sign a declaration demanding respect for Indigenous Peoples’ role in maintaining a stable world environment, and condemning the dominant economic approach toward ecology, development, human rights and the rights of Mother Earth.
“We see the goals of UNCSD Rio+20, the “Green Economy”, and its premise that the world can only ‘save’ nature by commodifying its life-giving and life-sustaining capacities as a continuation of the colonialism that Indigenous Peoples and our Mother Earth have faced and resisted for 520 years”, the declaration states.
Hundreds of Indigenous representatives plan to march from Kari-Oca on Wednesday, June 20, to deliver the declaration to world leaders at the opening of the Rio+20 Summit.
“This document is a wind that will enter the doors of Rio+20 to open the minds of the politicians, to show them that we are not merely the Indigenous Peoples that live in their countries, we are sons and daughters of the Mother Earth”, said Marcos Terrena, an indigenous leader from Brazil, and one of the founders of Kari Oca.
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