Marching on the frontlines
COP16 day five in Cancun, Mexico for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Among the activities and mobilizations in response to climate change that will take place around the world in the coming weeks, is the South-South Summit on Climate Justice and Finance that will be held today December 3rd to the 5th, 2010.
Indigenous folks from all walks of life came out today to support Jubilee South in the march today. Jubilee South is a network of jubilee and debt campaigns, social movements, people’s organizations, communities, NGOs and political formations. The Jubilee South network aims to and is in the process of emerging and developing as an international South movement on the debt. I interviewed a couple people that spoke English and I was told that creditors have used debt as an instrument of exploitation and control of our peoples, resources, and countries.
“We are here to say to Wal-Mart, and to the other corporations and the World Bank, we don’t want your policies, we don’t want your capitalism, what we want is justice” said one of the campaigners. There were at least 200 participates marching downtown Cancun.“The people of the world want to eat, we have a right to water and our land, this is what will defend us from climate change, down with the system” said the campaigner, we then arrived in-front of Wal-Mart and many participates stepped up and spoke about denouncing the role of Wal-Mart in Central America and other transnational corporations.