The crucial role of migrants in the climate justice movement

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Both at a meeting called Inspiration Latin America in Stockholm an at a consultation organised by People’s Movement on Climate Change in Copenhagen it became evident that migrants will play a crucial role in the Copenhagen process. Latin American migrant communities in Sweden play an important role in mobilising for international issues in Sweden. This became evident in the organizing of European Social Forum with some 15 000 participants last September in Malmö only 30 minutes away from Bella center. Here Bolivian, Chilean, Brazilian, Peruvian and other migrant communities vitalized the forum by putting equal effort into culture, politics and food.

So was also the case at the Latin America Inspiration meeting were many hundreds of people gathered in the working class suburb Rinkeby in Stockholm.

As part of the meeting a tribunal against the Finnish-Swedish forest corporation Stora Enso that is in conflict with Via Campesina on land grabbing and monoculture issues was arranged by the Latin American groups, the support group for MST and Friends of the Earth Sweden. Criminalization of popular movements was another important subject at the meeting. There were also a meeting to prepare for the Climate summit in Copenhagen were both practical issues on organising transport jointly to political content wass discussed. Latin American groups in Sweden is one of the bigger solidarity organisations in Sweden issuing the only magazine on Latin America in the Nordic countries. The chairman and vice chair are from Chile and Quecha Indians Communities in Peru. Together with friends of the Earth a joint petition campaign on the net has been started to influence the Swedish positions before COP15.

The tribunal against Stora Enso held outside at the World Trade Center in Stockholm

In Copenhagen the Philippino migant community played an important role at the PMCC consultation on climat justice. Here it became clear that migrant communities can play a crucial role in understanding the climate justice issue. The discussion became very substantial going from COP15 negotiations to the issue of how buildings should be one store or two stores high, roads made of gravel to avoid problems when floods become more common and replanting mangrove trees in the Philippines and then going back to the possibilities of mobilising migrant communities for the climate justice bloc on the December 12 demonstration. Migrants bring the climate justice issues down to earth.

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