By Vijay Prashad
Nothing useful seemed to emerge from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at COP26 this week. The leaders of the developed countries showed zero commitment to reversing the climate crisis, leaving young people with a ‘sense of betrayal’, said Fridays for Future’s Mitzi Jonelle Tan. On 7 November, the jury of the People’s Tribunal found the UNFCCC guilty on six charges regarding its failure to address the climate crisis; the Tribunal mandated measures of redress for the peoples of the world, including ‘that the UNFCCC be disbanded in its current form and reconstituted from the ground up’.
By Vijay Prashad
It is perhaps fitting that US President Joe Biden arrived in Glasgow for COP26 on the climate catastrophe with 85 cars in tow. Tragically, the COP26 process has been swept into the matrix of dangerous geopolitical tensions, driven largely by the US in its quest to prevent China’s scientific and technological advancement.
There is nothing more obscene than the existence of hunger, the terrible indignity of working hard but being without the means for sustenance. While 1 in 8 people in the world go hungry, one third of all food produced is either lost during processing and transportation or it is wasted.
As the earth’s triple environmental emergencies of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution worsen, drastic measures need to be taken that place greater responsibility on those who generate the crisis, from the US military to the G20. Themed ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ to emphasise how the capitalist system has eroded the earth’s capacity to sustain life, World Environment Day on 5 June is an alarm bell demanding an end to cannibalising the planet, in defence of life over profit.
This October 16, people’s movements and political organizations around the world mobilize in the International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle for Food Sovereignty.