Young people, protagonists of the global march for the climate
The morning rain in Buenos Aires did not intimidate those who went for a walk this Friday. Even the late afternoon hours rewarded them with some sunshine. In this context, young and old took to the streets as part of the Global Climate Mobilization. the Swedish Greta Thumberg She was one of the main pioneers of this global protest that coincided with Earth Day.
Although this is an international demand, the Argentine youth have put forward their own slogan: “The debt is with the South: without financing, there is no just transition”.
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The aim of these youth organisations, to which others like Powerful Gorge, Alliance x Climate and Eco House, it is to become aware of the claim of the majority of the countries of the South on the developed countries of the North. The premise is that they are delivering on the funding they have promised to address the issues caused by climate change. In turn, the organizations propose to establish the concept of “ecological debt”.
The specific claim has been condensed into 3 statements:
- Wetlands Act 2022
- Global plan for a just energy transition
- Promotion of agroecology for food sovereignty
Federico Pellegrino, coordinator of the political and activism department for the sustainability of Eco House Global He explained: “South refers to the global south, the countries of the global south, those in Latin America, Africa. We are among the most underdeveloped and poorest countries in the world in the face of the climate crisisto adapt to the social consequences that the problem of climate change will cause”
“We need funding, basically dollars and, in turn, technologies that only countries that have already developed through pollution and the emission of many greenhouse gases have. What we are looking for is that countries made rich through pollution and issue others, now make an effort and pay the ecological debt they have with the countries of the South,” he added.
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For its part, Camilla Smith, Eco House Sustainability Policy and Activism Department Focal Point, highlighted future plans to reduce this problem: “Today, in addition to the slogan that the debt is with the south, we have three main demands of the mobilization organization. The first is the wetlands law in 2022; the second is for a global fair energy transition plan and the third is for the promotion of agroecology for food sovereignty. These are our three demands”.
Michael Kaufmanmember of the organization of collective consciousnessstressed that what they are asking for are concrete actions in the face of the climate crisis, precisely when they are losing the game against climate change.
“Different types of minerals are extracted from the north and the environmental responsibilities remain, the pollution, the sick communities affected, the territories that cannot be repopulated and precisely all these profits and that the development comes from the north, from countries like Canada, the United States, some of the European Union. meanwhile to Argentina, throughout Latin America and in the southern hemisphere, precisely, the bad ones stay, the passive ones stay and there are no more profits”, Express.
The representative of collective consciousness also indicated that the State must take concrete measures, like Argentina having a climate change adaptation plan. In turn, that civil organizations actively participate in the spaces where the various ministries are located, “and that there is political will”.
In the same vein, Maximilian Beltrancoordinator of Recycling collective reports: “We come to march for food sovereignty, we believe in the mode of production that we carry out in urban areas. We need to switch to a diet with less agrochemicalsa sovereign diet, safe and healthy food. We do this by reducing the carbon footprint, having zero mile food and the only way to act is to create urban gardens, create community orchards, private orchards, agroecological orchards in all cities”.
The marches have been replicated in different parts of the country
In different places in the interior of the country, he also marched to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of our planet. The slogan was the same everywhere: #22A The debt is with the south. In any case, in some cases, slogans were also exchanged against the agreement with the IMF.