Issue 160 – November 2010
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The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change begins on the 29th of this month in Cancún, Mexico. With this edition of our bulletin, WRM joins in the efforts of social and environmental organizations around the world to use this meeting to exert pressure on governments to address the root of the problem: the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels.
Since the meeting’s agenda does not focus on this issue, but instead places priority on false market-based “solutions” – and in particular the attempt to include forests and plantations in the lucrative global carbon market – it will be up to social movements to make Cancún a forum to voice their opposition, strengthen networks of resistance, and develop popular alternatives to prevent the imminent climate disaster.