Climate Justice Portland was established from members of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, who in April 2010 had attended the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba Bolivia|
Inaugurated by Bolivian President Evo Morales, the Conference was attended by more than 20,000 attendants from over 125 countries. The meeting, supported by numerous grassroots organizations, was designed to act as an alternative to the United Nations' continuing discussions on climate change.
The Rights of Mother Earth
Here locally, Climate Justice Portland is working on several fronts to implement necessary changes in our relationship with the planet.
First, the group insists that we need to be addressing the root causes of climate change, and move beyond expecting that merely life style changes will be sufficient to solve this problem.
"We need to be addressing industrial pollution, we need to be addressing what role our nation is playing, and U.S. based corporations are playing, in changing the ecology of the planet.
The second aspect of strategy is to determine "who is being most affected by this. Who are the people in the front lines of climate change. We look to the global south, people whose islands are disappearing, entire populations of people are migrating, whose agricultural communities are completely being devastated by climate change and look for solutions from them."
How can we do this? " We need to force developing countries to stop putting carbon into the atmosphere; we're talking about agriculture and agribusiness being eliminated, monoculture being eliminated, and going back to small scale farming; we're talking about changing the way in which we produce energy."
"What Climate Justice Portland does is bring the international perspective to the table and we bring together people who want to work on issues of justice within climate change.........we bring together people in Portland who want to work around this concept, so labor, environmental groups, people working on Free Trade Agreement issues, people working on international solidarity work.....coming together to.........organize and force these changes to happen.
The speakers go on to discuss various aspects of how their works looks in everyday life.
Video is about 9 minutes in length.
Climate Justice Portland