Once every 10 years sustainable development is high on the agenda of the United Nations. This started in 1992 with the ‘Earth Summit’ in Rio de Janeiro. The international conferences on climate and on biodiversity were a result of that meeting. In the beginning is was actually quite promising. Unfortunately the influence of corporations has on those processes has increased since then. Environmental regulation were seen as a danger for their profit, while ‘green’ became a strategy to sell more products.
Grote landbezetting in Andalusië als reactie op de crisis
[this article only exists in Dutch at the moment]
Hieronder vind je een artikel van de vakbond van landarbeiders SOC over de bezetting van de Somonte Finca in Andalusië. De schrijver die er een paar dagen bij was, was onder de indruk van het enthousiasme en overtuigingskracht van de landarbeiders. De SOC is van plan in de komende maanden meer land te bezetten, vooral grond van de publieke of militaire sector.
Dit is een goed voorbeeld van wat er aan acties allemaal mogelijk is in een regio die zeer sterk getroffen is door de crisis. De SOC roept op tot steun en solidariteit.
Thursday April 17th, the international day of farmers struggles, the group Agrocrisis blocked a Cargill company firm in the harbour of Ghent, Belgium. Some 30 activists began the action at around 6h30 in the morning and lasted until after 5 p.m. During all that time, not one truck with soy could enter or leave the firm. Some activists had locked themselves with pipes and bicycle chains at the gate, so it was impossible to open the entrance without brute force. The staff of the firm, scared of bad publicity, chose therefore to let the activists occupy the gate and didn't ask the police to intervene.
In Paraguay, the Netherlands and Germany A SEED Europe is recording and showing video letters. In South America it is about the resistance against the production of soy and in the Europe the issue are the problems with the new mega pig-stables where the soy is used as feed. With project we want to exchange the experiences and ideas for alternatives between the many local citizen groups. (The rest of the text only exists in Dutch, but you can watch them here.)