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COP16 in Cancun: A Student’s Final Adventure

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events, World News & Events on 22nd December, 2010 | 2 Comments

Julianne (l) with Global Exchange's Shannon BiggsAs one of the many interns who has passed through the doors of Global Exchange, I experienced more than I expected while working there.
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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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Getting the Message from the UNFCCC: “Just Go Home.” . . . and ORGANIZE!

Posted by in Community Rights, World News & Events on 11th December, 2010 | 1 Comment

cancun_gate_by_ShtigMonths before civil society boarded planes or hopped on busses and bikes destined for Cancun (yes, we met up with a small contingent of cyclists arriving from West Virginia) — it was clear that we weren’t really very welcome.
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Rights Versus Markets: The Heart of the Debate in Cancun?

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 9th December, 2010 | 2 Comments

Respect rightsIn the middle of week two at COP16, protests have begun to erupt, both inside the halls of the Moon Palace, and outside in the streets of Cancun. When la Via Campesina, the world’s largest movement of peasant and smallholder farmers, called for a global day of action yesterday, people around the world responded. The day of action was called ’1000 Cancuns’.
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Globalizamos La Lucha, Globalizamos La Esperanza

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

DSCN1155The “1000 Cancúns Global Day of Action for Climate Justice” took place December 7th, with actions happening around the world. Here’s a wrap up of Global Exchange’s participation, on the ground in Cancun.
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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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