For Immediate Release 15 June, 2012
Climate Justice Groups to Amplify Front-line Struggles for Resilience
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil–As the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice and Against the Commodification of Life (Cupula dos Povos), kicks off today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, thousands of international climate justice advocates will be present to draw attention to the struggles faced by grassroots communities, and the solutions these communities offer to the multiple crises facing the world today.
While the triple crises of energy, economy and ecology ultimately affect everyone, low-income communities, land-based cultures, Indigenous Peoples, women, and youth are impacted first and worst. At both the Peoples’ Summit and the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit, Global Justice Ecology Project and the Climate Justice Alignment will be providing media outlets with a comprehensive list of grassroots climate-impacted people for interviews, as well as posting short videos, podcasts, articles and news pieces daily on Climate-Connections.org.
Speakers available for interview have a wide range of expertise, including environmental justice, forests and land tenure; tree plantations and genetically engineered (GMO) trees; REDD, carbon trading and Payment for Environmental Services; Indigenous Peoples’ Rights; land grabbing; bioenergy, and the bioeconomy; women’s, gender and youth issues; recycling, waste-picking and waste-to-energy; just transition strategies; and grassroots perspectives.
Global Justice Ecology Project will release media alerts throughout the events, between June 15 and 23. The speakers list available at climate-connections.org/ will be updated daily. For information regarding the speakers list, to receive media alerts, or to follow the action from the grassroots, subscribe to Climate Connections, or contact GJEP or Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, below.
Jeff Conant, Communications Director, Global Justice Ecology Project
Phone in Brazil: +55 (0) (21) 8079-0790 (to be activated late in the day on the 15th)
Anne Petermann, Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project
Phone: +1 (802) 578 0477
Shaun Grogan-Brown, Communications Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Phone in Brazil: +55 (0) (21) 8079-0796