Klimaforum 10 Platform

POLITICAL PLATFORM OF KLIMAFORUM 10
Press release # 8
México D. F., July 9, 2010

After several meetings, we have adopted the following Political Platform
of KlimaForum10:

1. THERE IS A CLIMATE CATASTROPHE, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE The weather
patterns of the world are undergoing a rapid and disturbing disruption,
which is increasing in both force and catastrophic impact. This change
could end up being life-threatening for many human communities in coming
years, for the large majority of people in this century. Describing this
process as “climate change”, amounts to distorting reality.

2. THERE IS NO TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CATASTROPHE There will
be no technological solution to climate disaster as long as certain
economic values continue to predominate in the world, including
mercantilism, utilitarianism, “development-ism,” and militarism. In this
framework, “productivity,” competition, and manipulation reign supreme.
As long as the system which generates these values (and therefore also
shapes the dominant social imagination) remains in force, there will be
no real solution. Neither nuclear energy, nor geoengineering,
nanotechnology, GMOs, or biofuels (among other technologies) will offer
us real solutions to the climatic disaster; they are false solutions.
The only appropriate solutions to this predicament will come from a
world-wide expansion of solidarity, cooperation, and friendship, valuing
the pleasure of free time and playfulness, social life, autonomy,
wisdom, the techniques and beauty produced by craftsmen and artists,
practical and adaptive approaches, approaches based on relationships and
co-existence, a spiritual approach, and mainly, respect for the
sacredness of mountains, rivers, the seas, forests, the forests, the
animals: Mother Earth, whose gifts have no price. This change in values
must be systematic – meaning, we must change the system, not the climate
- beginning with a different personal ethics, like voluntary simplicity.
We must learn to live better with fewer objects, and to act in defense
of the global commons.

3. THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CATASTROPHE Because of its
violent nature and concentration of power, which removes it from local
and cultural diversity, and because of its pyramidal, authoritarian
character, governments are incapable of providing authentic solutions to
climate catastrophe; they are capable only of false solutions. False
solutions are costing us precious time as we face this threat,
experiencing greater calamities such as long heat waves, stronger
hurricanes, droughts, forest fires, a drop in global food production,
the rise and spread of diseases, the melting of glaciers, ocean
acidification and sea-level rise, changes in ocean currents, the death
of coral reefs, and species extinction, among others. State-sponsored
false solutions include “market-based” solutions (such as carbon
markets), offsets, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), REDD, and
perverse finance schemes. Only a great diversity of small-scale,
locally-appropriate solutions, involving a great social mobilization,
can mitigate the catastrophic effects of this modern disaster.

4. RADICAL REDUCTION IN CONSUMPTION AND INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION BY THE
POWERFUL IS REQUIRED In order to face the climatic disaster, we must
urgently reduce consumption in the powerful countries, especially the
United States, England, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, due to their
historical responsibility in the generation of the climatic disaster.
Further, we must reduce consumption by the rising middle-classes of the
emerging economies, including China, India, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia,
Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico and South Africa. As soon as possible, the
present “American way of life,” which has grown into a cancer on the
world, and which is the main cause of this catastrophe, must disappear.
In particular, it is indispensable to vastly reduce the consumption of
bottled water, red meat, paper, and mobile phones, among other things.
Of course, this means vastly and rapidly reducing the global industrial
over-production which gives rise to this untenable wastefulness.
Centrally, industrial agriculture and factory farming must be rapidly
abandoned in favor of a return to local, small-scale food production.

5. WE MUST LEAVE OIL, GAS, COAL AND OTHER GIFTS OF NATURE UNDERGROUND
The consumption of fossil fuels is not only the main cause of climatic
disaster. Their extraction also generates enormous ecological damage;
Peak Oil (which is already creating world-wide tensions and causing
great misery) forces industry to riskier extractions every day, creating
spills like the Gulf of Mexico gusher, and disasters like those in
Maracaibo, Nigeria, and the Alberta tar sands. Mining, whose
environmental damage is excessive, is in the same category. Without a
rapid and radical reduction of energy consumption in the United States,
the European Union, Japan, China, and India, it will not be possible to
achieve real solutions to the climatic disaster which is causing the
destruction of the modern world. It is urgent to establish severe
restrictions to the use of the automobile, airplanes and high speed
trains; to discourage “free markets;” to eliminate privatization; and to
prohibit mega-projects. We must re-conceptualize and reconstruct
governments with the purpose of substantially increasing civic
collaboration, relocalize both production and consumption, and
intensively reuse materials. It is essential to abandon the era of oil
now, to move beyond the economy of “growth without limit” and to enter a
stable era of low energy consumption and shared frugality.

6. WE MUST DE-NUCLEARIZE THE WORLD Nuclear energy is a fundamental
pillar of the dominant system – an unjust system responsible for
creating climatic disaster, growing global injustice, and the
predominance of values that reign today. We live under the tyranny of
nuclear-armed states which initiate the wars and extreme violence that
destroys modern societies. These states impose dominant modes of
consumption and production, which foment the construction and operation
of very dangerous nuclear plants in support of nuclear weapons, and
which are leading to the world towards its rapid destruction. In order
to face the climatic disaster, it is essential that the United States,
Russia, France, England, China, Israel, India, and Pakistan eliminate
their nuclear weapons. In addition, all the existing nuclear plants in
the world must be dismantled, because their risks are excessive and
their waste products leave an unacceptable burden to future generations.
Only social awareness of the nature of nuclear energy and the continuous
opposition of movements along with independent organizations can curb
this insane activity by ministers, industrialists and the scientists
loyal to them. There is no nuclear solution to climate change.

7. WE SUPPORT THE BLOSSOMING OF SMALL SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATIC CATASROPHE
WHICH:

A. Give top priority to very low energy consumption.

B. Contain high percentages of reused materials and support traditional
production methods and craftsmanship.
C. Guarantee food, clothing, housing, education, happiness and the
spiritual needs of the most vulnerable.

D. Strengthen the local and regional communities where they take place.

E. Remain critical of industry and modern-day consumption.

MEXICAN PROMOTION COMMITTEE FOR KLIMAFORUM 2010:

Adriana Matalonga; Eugenio Cabrera; Gabriela de la Vega; Jorge López;
Mauricio Villegas; Miguel Valencia; Miguel Ángel Rosas; Raquel
Rodríguez. contacto@klimaforum10.org.mx / nacional@klimaforum10.org.mx
internacional@klimaforum10.org.mx Web page: www.klimaforum10.org.mx
Telephones: 52 (55) / 5553-2340; 5212-1886; 5540-7866 ORGANIZATIONAL
ENDORSERS OF THIS PLATFORM Autoridad Tradicional Otomí de San Cristobal
Huichochitlan, Estado de México CAMBIOS, (Cooperative for a Biodiverse
and Sustainable Environment or “Cooperativa por un Ambiente Biodiverso y
Sustentable”) Culture Change, ecologist magazine from Arcata,
California, USA Ecoactivists from the Civil Association of the community
of Magdalena Mixhuca (“Ecoactivistas de la Magdalena Mixhuca AC”)
ECOMUNITIES Autonomous Ecologists Network from the region “Cuenca de
Mexico” in the Mexican Basin (“ECOMUNIDADES, Red Ecologista Autónoma de
la Cuenca de México”) EDENAT (Network In Defense of Mother Nature)
(“EDENAT, Red en Defensa de la Naturaleza” Reduction or Cruelty! Network
for the Reduction (“¡DESCRECIMIENTO O BARBARIE! Red por el
descrecimiento”) Front of the Peoples of Anáhuac (“Frente de los Pueblos
de Anáhuac”) Front of the Left (“Frente Izquierda”) Front for Human
Rights, Baja California (“Frente de Derechos Humanos, Baja California”)
Civil Society for Environmental Action Network (“Red Acción Ambiente
SC”) Theater Popular Association PC- CLETA Timbers of the People of the
Southeast, Civil Association (“Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste, AC)
Network for the Defense of the City of Mexico (“Red en Defensa de la
Ciudad de México”) Organización Tecelihqui A.C. promotora de turismo
alternativo en Teotihuacan Civil Association For a Change with Dignity
(“Por el Cambio con Dignidad AC”) Pitahaya Growers’ Society, community
of Chan Tza Can, Kinchil, Yucatán (“Sociedad de Productores de Pithaya
Chan Tza Can de Kinchil”) Civil Association of the Tecolote Theater
Workshop (“Teatro Taller Tecolote, AC”)

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