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Reading the Coca Leaves: Climate Change, Cancun and Bolivia

Posted by in World News & Events on 11th December, 2010 | No Comments

DSCN1168Reflecting on the close of the UNFCCC climate talks, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange, writes of her experience on the ground in Cancun.
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Unique Gift for Climate Justice Activists

Posted by in For Our Members on 9th December, 2010 | No Comments

climatejusticeA team of us here at Global Exchange got together to figure out a way to offer new Global Exchange members this holiday season a little something extra beyond the standard membership benefits, in exchange for their support. Here’s what we came up with:
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Introducing…6 New Membership Gift Packages

Posted by in Featured, For Our Members, World News & Events on 7th December, 2010 | No Comments

mainpicMonths ago, with the holidays on the horizon, a team of us here at Global Exchange had a brainstorming session focused on our gift memberships. Our goal: to figure out a way to offer new members this holiday season a little something extra beyond the standard membership benefits in exchange for their support. Here’s what we came up with.
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Sign Says it All: “Cambia Tu Vida, No Tu Clima”

Posted by in World News & Events on 7th December, 2010 | No Comments

irene2The next post in our continuing coverage from COP16 in Cancun, today Irene Florez shares her perspective on the climate talks and how a sign that reads “Cambia tu vida, no tu clima” (Change your life, not your climate) illuminates a key message.
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“We want an urban development that is viable, that is for everybody, that is legal.” The story of Tepuxtepec and Toluca.

Posted by in Community Rights, Mexico on 5th December, 2010 | No Comments

Tepuxtepec 008Global Exchange volunteer Ryan Van Lenning writes from the second half of day 1 of the caravan that departed Jalisco state from El Salto on Nov 28 (late posting due to limited internet access). Caravan participants learned of the SME (Mexican Electrical Workers union) workers’ struggles in Tepuxtepec and rallied in Toluca with residents who are fighting the proposed construction of a Super Via (highway).
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“We are not against progress, we are against progress that is against life.” The story of El Salto and Temaca.

Posted by in Community Rights, World News & Events on 5th December, 2010 | No Comments

6e2cGlobal Exchange volunteer Ryan Van Lenning writes from day 1 of the caravan that departed Jalisco state from El Salto on Nov 28 (late posting due to limited internet access). Caravan participants learned of the poisonous state of the Rio Santiago, polluted by decades of toxic, industrial dumping and about the struggle to resist the El Zapotillo dam.
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The Caravans Arrive – is Cancun Ready?

Posted by in World News & Events on 4th December, 2010 | No Comments

DSCN1091As the final leg of the caravan rolled towards Mexico City the final stop was around the sacred land of Chichén Itzá.
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Menagerie in Cancun: Of Snakes, Rats, and a Trojan Horse

Posted by in World News & Events on 4th December, 2010 | 4 Comments

DSCN1099On the ground in Cancun, Jeff Conant, writes for Global Exchange and is collaborating media outreach with the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Indigenous Environmental Network during COP 16. He writes, “Between the armored vehicles patrolling the outside and the labyrinthine and exhausting process to get anywhere near the inside, a clear attempt has been made to marginalize civil society, if not to neutralize it altogether.”
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Sun, Sand and Climate Negotiations? My Introduction to the Moon Palace

Posted by in World News & Events on 3rd December, 2010 | No Comments

DSCN1003Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange’s Director of the Community Rights Program, is credentialed as a NGO observer to the UNFCCC. She writes, “There’s something unsettling about the juxtaposition of negotiating the fate of the climate in the middle of the tequila-shooting, beach-clad dancing frenzy that is Cancun.”
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The Ground Swells – Thousands Join the ‘International March For Life and Social and Environmental Justice’

Posted by in World News & Events on 30th November, 2010 | No Comments

DSCN1072The first leg(s) of the Via Campesina caravans are over – the three delegations arrived from Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi and Acapulco. Two thousand, five hundred join the International March For Life and Social and Environmental Justice and march through Mexico City.
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