Climate Justice Now!: Imagining Grassroots Ecocosmopolitanism

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American Studies, Ecocriticism, And Citizenship: Thinking And Acting In The Local And Global Commons


At the conclusion of the 16th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held at the seaside resort town of Cancún, Mexico, La Vía Campesina, one of the largest and most internationally diverse non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in attendance, declared: We must go beyond the anthropocentric model. We must rebuild the cosmovision of our peoples, based on a holistic view of the relationship between the cosmos, Mother Earth, the air, the water and all living beings. Human beings do not own nature, but rather form part of all that lives. … [We must] alert the social movements of the world about what is happening on the planet to defend life and Mother Earth, because we are defining the model for future generations. … We call on humanity to act immediately to rebuild the life of all of nature, applying the concept of “life in balance.” The small farmers, peasants, and indigenous agriculturalists from the four corners of the Earth hold in their hands thousands of solutions to climate change. … [We support] the people's solutions to defend life and Mother Earth. (La Vía Campesina, italics added) (2010)

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J. Adamson and K. N. Ruffin

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