[WSF-Discuss] Fwd: Indian groups Memo to Indian Prime Minister on Cochabama Conference

Jai Sen jai.sen at cacim.net
Thu Apr 15 07:29:17 CDT 2010

Thursday, 15 April 2010

FYI and for you to please forward on, here is a



signed by some 77 significant popular movements and related  
organisations in India at the time of its posting this afternoon.



Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Vijayan M.J." <vijayan at delhiforum.net>
> Date: April 15 2010 3:01:59 pm GMT+05:30
> To: Climate Justice <indiaclimatejustice at googlegroups.com>,  YAM  
> 2006 <youngactivists at lists.riseup.net>
> Subject: (indiaclimatejustice) Indian groups memo to Dr. Manmohan  
> Singh
> Reply-To: indiaclimatejustice at googlegroups.com
> 10th April 2010
> Dear Dr. Manmohan Singh,
> We, the undersigned people’s organisations, social movements, trade  
> unions, and concerned citizens of India, submit this Memorandum to  
> you as the head of the Government of India to draw your attention to  
> the Call and Invitation to the ‘Peoples’ World Conference On Climate  
> Change And Mother Earth’s Rights’ to all Social Movements,  
> Organisations and Governments, of the World by the Evo Morales Ayma  
> - led social movement Government of the Plurinational State of  
> Bolivia; and to ask you to unequivocally respect and support this  
> Call.
> In the absence of any significant public position by your government  
> so far on this extremely important initiative by a government of the  
> global South, we write to you today, to demand that you now, without  
> delay, go beyond political compulsions, technocratic understandings,  
> and the polemics of ‘Climate Change’, and that you affirmatively  
> respond to this Call and to the invitation extended to you by Sr.  
> Evo Morales Ayma; and that the government of India take part in this  
> Conference at the highest level.
> We attach here for your convenience a copy of the Call and  
> invitation issued by Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
> You may recall that many mass organisations, trade unions, citizens  
> groups and people’s movements had submitted a detailed Memorandum  
> with demands and clear proposals to you and the GoI prior to the  
> Copenhagen Summit, in order to raise our concerns, positions, and  
> demands to you to represent the people of India and our interests at  
> the Summit (We attach a copy of the Memorandum here, for your  
> reference). On the one hand, we understand that the GoI subsequently  
> took meaningful positions vis-à-vis placing demands on the developed  
> world to reduce emissions, pay up, and not compare the emerging or  
> the least developed worlds with itself; and that Indian government  
> has also played an important role in bringing together the major  
> emerging economies to form BASIC.
> On the other hand however, when seen in terms of the concerns we had  
> raised to you in our people’s Memorandum regarding the key issue of  
> equity, the government of India’s position was also seen by many as  
> ‘hiding behind the poor’. And the government of India’s position was  
> easily exposed because of this very aspect and as a result, India  
> could not play any substantive leadership role among those countries  
> that have traditionally expected us to take a lead from within the  
> developing world.
> We therefore reiterate here our understanding that at this crucial  
> juncture in world history, and given the profound crisis that  
> climate change represents, India’s efforts should be focussed in  
> taking the lead among and on behalf of the interests of the majority  
> of the world’s nations – the least developed and the emerging  
> economies - and not jockeying for a position among the club of elite  
> nations. And that most fundamentally, the Indian position should be  
> proactively addressing issues of equity – within countries and  
> between countries.
> We firmly believe that the economic and political issues of  
> inequality and inequity, both within and between nations, grievously  
> impact distribution and consumption and are at the core of the  
> crisis of global warming and of responding meaningfully to it. The  
> crisis is also about a few - both globally but also within countries  
> and regions - usurping the rights and access of the vast majority of  
> the disempowered over the commons – air, water, land, minerals, and  
> forests. Unsustainable economic development and inequitable growth  
> based on an economy dependent on the use of fossil-fuels and  
> extractive industries — all of which have greatly intensified in the  
> last 60 years — have led to the sharp rise in carbon emissions, way  
> beyond what the Earth can absorb. The global annual carbon dioxide  
> (CO2) emissions have reached about 35 billion tonnes a year from the  
> burning of coal, oil and gas, and from deforestation. This is much  
> more than the net absorption capacity of the Earth, estimated to be  
> 16-17 billion tonnes a year or roughly 2.5 tonnes per person, and  
> which is also declining due to a gradual warming of the oceans.
> It is in this context of a planetary crisis that we see an  
> extraordinarily important opportunity in the Call sent out by the  
> Bolivian Government, to host a summit that will deliberate not on  
> the rights of human beings over the planet and its resources, but on  
> the Rights of Mother Earth herself; and that will assert not the  
> rights of governments and corporations over the planet and the  
> resources it shares with us all but will deliberate on and  
> forcefully assert the rights and responsibilities of humanity itself.
> As you must surely know, this profound idea of a Mother Earth –  
> here, articulated by the indigenous peoples of the Andean region of  
> the Americas - is also deeply rooted in our own cultures of this  
> region of the world, such as in the term dharati mata that is so  
> widely respected and practised in their own ways both by Adivasis  
> and by peasants in India.  As we see it, we as humanity are  
> therefore indeed already linked together across the planet – and  
> indeed, bound together - by this fundamental concept; and it is our  
> responsibility as human beings to at all times respect, protect, and  
> promote this concept.  We ask you, and your government, to pay heed  
> to and adopt this concept.
> At a time in history when every country and every negotiator is  
> talking the technocratic language of ‘climate’, ‘carbon’ and ‘ppm’,  
> it is vitally important to also acknowledge that it is only an  
> indigenous community representative and a government led by such  
> peoples that could have initiated a Call that so radically widens  
> the perspective: To protect and nurture the Rights of Mother Earth  
> herself. And we should have no doubt about what a fundamental  
> challenge this Call poses to the rich nations and to their over- 
> dependence on an unsustainable development paradigm.
> We therefore urge the government of India to second this Call.
> Beyond convening a Conference however, the Government of the  
> Plurinational State of Bolivia has – in its Call - also put forward  
> four vital instrumentalities for protecting and nurturing the Rights  
> of Mother Earth :
> ·        A Universal Declaration of Mother Earth’s Rights
> ·        Proposals for new commitments to the Kyoto Protocol and  
> projects for a COP Decision under the United Nations Framework for  
> Climate Change
> ·        The organisation of the Peoples’ World Referendum on  
> Climate Change; and
> ·        Developing an action plan to advance the establishment of a  
> Climate Justice Tribunal;
> aside from more generally defining strategies for action and  
> mobilisation to defend life from Climate Change and to defend Mother  
> Earth’s Rights.
> Asking you to keep in mind that it was Bolivia that made the  
> historic demand at the Bangkok preparatory meeting of COP prior to  
> Copenhagen - that developed nations must now pay up for their  
> historical debt, and that this was a demand that Indian Government  
> supported at the Bangkok meeting, we demand today of the government  
> of India that it unequivocally support the government of Bolivia’s  
> proposals.
> In this connection, we also however wish to make clear to you and to  
> the Government of India that we consider it a gravely wrong and  
> mistaken position by GoI that the failure that took place at  
> Copenhagen works in the interest of countries like India (such as in  
> the remarks made in the Lok Sabha by Mr. Jairam Ramesh, MoS (MoEF),  
> that “the interest of developing countries like India remains  
> protected in the decisions taken by the Conference of Parties at  
> Copenhagen”). We believe that only a reversal or undoing of the harm  
> already done by climate change at the earliest alone can serve the  
> interests of the worst impacted peoples of the developing world – of  
> whom we continue to be an integral part. We therefore demand that  
> the Government of India must stand united with and protective of  
> progressive efforts of other developing countries – such as Bolivia  
> -, the G-77, the least developed countries (LDCs), and the  
> Association of Small Island States (AOSIS).
> In conclusion, we demand the Government of India join the Cochabamba  
> Climate Conference and meaningfully participate in it at the highest  
> levels. We have also specifically drawn your attention to the  
> instrumentalities put forward by the Government of the Plurinational  
> State of Bolivia to demand that you and Indian Government  
> specifically recognise, address, and  support these  
> instrumentalities. We believe that doing so will help build a new  
> international alliance and global order – not only between nation- 
> states but also, and primarily, among the peoples of this planet,  
> and that this will moreover help us in India to review and revise  
> our own unsustainable development trajectory of several decades –  
> where we have so blindly followed the European and US American model  
> of growth. It is glaringly evident that this model has, just as in  
> Europe and North America, directly resulted in the massive over- 
> exploitation of natural resources, the massive displacement of  
> Adivasis and other forest dwellers, the intensified exploitation and  
> continued pauperization of the urban labouring poor – all in the  
> interests of the promotion of consumption by and production for  
> rich.  This is a present and a future that we surely now all know is  
> totally unsustainable.  It is therefore time that the Government of  
> India stood up clearly and unequivocally for Mother Earth – for  
> dharati mata –, and it can and must do so by unconditionally  
> supporting the initiative that has been created by the Call issued  
> by the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
> Memorandum Signed by:
> People’s Movements, Networks & Organisations
> National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)
> National Forum of Forest Peoples and Forest Workers (NFFPFW)
> National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF)
> National Handloom Weavers’ Federation
> National Hawker Federation (NHF)
> Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC)
> National Domestic Workers Union
> Programme for Social Action (PSA, India)
> Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)
> Partners in Justice Concerns, India (PJC-I)
> Narmada Bachao Andolan
> Jharkhand Mines Area Coordination Committee (JMACC)
> Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union (APVVU)
> South India Handloom Weavers’ Organising Committee (SIHWOC)
> Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action, Manipur
> Matu Jan Sangattan, Uttarakhand
> Himalaya Niti Abhiyan, Himachal Pradesh
> Nadi Ghatti Morcha, Chhattisgarh
> BIRSA, Jharkhand
> Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai
> South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People (SANDRP)
> People’s Voice for Democratic Rights, Himachal Pradesh
> Dynamic Action, Kerala
> Equations, Bangalore
> NAPM, Karnataka
> Khan, Khaneej Aur Adhikar, Jharkhand
> Critical Action Centre in Movements (CACIM), New Delhi
> Vikalp, Uttar Pradesh
> Vettiver Collective, Tamil Nadu
> POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti, Orissa
> Niyamgiri Surakshya Manch, Orissa
> Ma Mati Mahila Manch, Nayagarh, Orissa
> Janaswarth Surakshya Parisad, Cuttack, Orissa
> Lok Adhikar Manch, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
> Centre for Sustainable-use of Natural and Social Resources,  
> Bhubaneswar, Orissa
> Orissa Human Rights Forum, Bhadrakh District,Orissa
> Ganjam Jilla Adivasi Manch, Ganjam, Orissa
> Center for Contemporary Studies & Research, Lucknow, UP
> Samvedan Sanskritik Manch, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
> LOK MANCH, Aurangabad, Bihar
> DARSHAN, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
> Center for Social Initiatives, Gorakhpur, UP
> Friends, Varanasi, UP
> Kisan Morcha, Bikaner, Rajasthan
> IFFTU, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan
> Arya Bheel Khand Rajya Morcha, Udaipur, Rajasthan
> Matsya Mewat Shiksha Vikas Sansthan (MMSVS), Alwar, Rajasthan
> Dalit Sena, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
> KDRF, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
> Youth Front, Pali, Rajasthan
> Mahila Morcha, Banswara, Rajasthan
> Chetna Sansthan, Dausa, Rajasthan
> Shaheen (Women Resource Centre), Hyderabad, AP
> Dalit Women Forum, AP
> SRAVANTHI, Chittor, AP
> Nava Chhattisgarh Mahila Sanghattan, Chhattisgarh
> Forum for Women’s Rights & Development (FORWORD), Tambaram-Chennai, TN
> Andhra Pradesh  Matyaya Karula Union
> Jan Sangharsh Vahini, Delhi
> Institute for Development and Sustainability, New Delhi
> Andhra Pradesh Mahila Vyavasay Vruthidariula Union
> 5th Scheduled  Sadhana Committee -AP
> Upadi Hami Hakkula Union, Andhra Pradesh
> River Basin Friends(NE)
> Rural Volunteers Centre Assam
> Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitee,ASSAM
> People's Movement for Subansiri and Brhmaputra Vally,Assam
> Ekkya Mancha,Subansiri Gogamukh, Assam
> Takam Mishing Poring Kebang,Assam
> Sammilita Ganashakti,Assam
> Thanal, Kerala
> Laya, Andhra Pradesh
> Orissa Development Action Forum
> Environics Trust, New Delhi
> Intercultural Resources, New Delhi
> Kalpavriksh – India
> Delhi Forum
> Individuals
> Thomas Kocherry, Kerala
> Medha Patkar, Madhya Pradesh
> Ashok Choudhury, Saharanpur, UP
> Matanhy Saldanha, Goa
> Ashish Kothari, Pune
> Maj Gen(Retd) S.G.Vombatkare, Karnataka
> Attached:
> 1.      The Call and invitation issued by Government of the  
> Plurinational State of Bolivia
> 2.      Memorandum To The Government Of India On The UNFCCC’s 15th  
> Conference Of The Parties At Copenhagen’, dated November 24 2009.
> Copy to: Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State (Independent Charge),  
> Ministry of Environment & Forests
> -- 
> Regards,
> Vijayan MJ
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> talk about committing civil disobedience, they get a little upset.  
> That’s exactly the purpose of civil disobedience: to upset people,  
> to trouble them, to disturb them. We who commit civil disobedience  
> are disturbed, too, and we mean to disturb those who are in charge  
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