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Farmers and activists gather in Cancun for climate change and social justice

UNORCA farmer listens to speakers in Oaxaca. Photo by Irene Florez

An estimated 40,000 UN delegates, journalists, farmers, and climate activists were in Cancun for the COP 16 UN summit on climate and the three alternative climate and social justice summits.

On the ground, growers and unions like Unorca, which represents indigenous farmers, and the SME, which represents electric workers, are against REDD and against carbon trading. Many stressed that we should begin fighting climate change by supporting local non GMO agriculture and that heavy emitters like the US should reduce their carbon footprint.

With little resolution to the problems presented by changing weather conditions, the global south and climate activists are demanding change. This segment covers a two week period of interviews with climate justice activists, making their way to Cancun, who are experiencing environmental challenges first hand.  Denise Perry of Florida’s PowerUCenter, Luther Allen of Direct Action for Rights and Equality, Mickey McCoy of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC), and Sunyoung Yang of the Labor/Community Strategy Center share their thoughts.

SME, electric worker's union, members stand outside of their union hall in Tepuxtepec. Photo by Irene Florez

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Population contemplation

Crowds at the Eat Real Festival 2010 photo by 5112 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnjoh/

According to the 2007 American Community Survey in 2007 there were 6.958 million people living in the Bay Area. That’s nearly 7 million people watching movies, walking to the bus stop, smoking, eating, sleeping and carrying out the myriad, disparate activities that people do in cities. Following are excerpts from two very different interviews carried out at this year’s US Social Forum.

Inspired by the Bay Area Population at large this piece touches on
settling our minds by catching a short glimpse into the various
viewpoints that surround us.