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voices of the south speak out on climate justice

During Friends of the Earth International’s BGM in Swaziland in 2007, concerns about the need to communicate the issue of climate change more effectively were discussed. Friends of the Earth Latin America (ATALC) decided to create a book about climate change and climate justice, from the Latin American perspective. FoE Chile volunteered to fund and coordinate the project. Final decisions about the content and the structure of the book were taken together with the Movement of Victims Affected by Climate Change (MOVIAC) at ATALC’s regional assembly in El Salvador, in June 2009.

what happened
Once funding had been secured, "Voices of the South for Climate Justice" was collated and published. The book consists of eight articles written by different ATALC groups. Each article considers a different aspect of climate justice, but all are written with the problems of affected peoples in mind. The authors included Ricardo Navarro (FoE El Salvador/CESTA), Hildebrando Vélez (FoE Colombia/CENSAT Agua Viva), Javier Baltodano (FoE Costa Rica/COECOCeiba); Mario Godinez (FoE Guatemala/CEIBA), Eduardo Giesen (FoE Chile); Lucia Ortiz (FoE Brazil); and Juan Almendares (FoE Honduras/Movimiento Madre Tierra). 


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“Voices of the South for Climate Justice” was launched at the Heinrich Boell Foundation headquarters in Santiago de Chile, and was reviewed by Chile’s Environment Minister Ana Lya Uriarte and well-known foreign affairs journalist Raul Sohr, who also cited the book in his recent publication Chao Petroleo. It has also been sent to various international groups including the Climate Justice Now! network, and the Bolivian Government. 1,000 copies of the 158-page book have been distributed.

A second version of Voices of the South for Climate Justice has also been printed, this time adapted for use in Guatemala and throughout Central America. 1,000 copies were printed with support from the Danish organization Dan Church Aid. The book was launched in a packed auditorium at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala, and copies were also distributed to the peasant and Indigenous sector in various countries in Central America. The book has already been used as a student text with a group of 380 students, and has both shocked and motivated them.

with thanks to our funders: Dan Church Aid

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