Across Africa, Water Conflicts Threaten Security, Health, and the Environment

Independent Media Institute Southern Africa drought – Mozambique Adelaide Maphangane stands beside an empty water hole in the district of Mabalane, Mozambique. Many people come to this area to dig for water and often leave empty handed. The holes they are digging to reach water are getting deeper by the day (Photo: Aurélie Marrier d’Unienville…

Tanzanian Farmers Mobilize for Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Pan-Africanism

Tanupriya Singh On November 17-18, over 400 smallholder farmers gathered for the 27th annual meeting of MVIWATA or the National Network of Small-Scale Farmers Groups in Tanzania. Peoples Dispatch spoke to them about their struggle for dignity and justice Hundreds of smallholder farmers gathered in the city of Morogoro on November 17 and 18 for…

João Pedro Stedile: “Human Beings are at Risk”

João Pedro Stedile Between October 23 and 25, the International Conference for Peace took place in Rome. João Pedro Stedile, leader of MST Brazil, delivered a lecture on the critical situation of humanity and its precarious situation on earth. I thank you for the honorable invitation to participate in this important conference of wise people…

COP27 Concludes While the Environmental Crisis Continues

Abayomi Azikiwe Although a fund to address “damage and loss” was established, still no real commitments were made by the capitalist states to halt environmental degradation and transition to renewable energy sources There were high expectations for the United Nations Climate Conference held in the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh. COP27 took place on the…

China is Building a Truly Ecological Civilization

Carlos Martinez At the World Economic Forum in January 2022, Xi Jinping stated that the realisation of carbon neutrality is an “intrinsic requirement of China’s own high-quality development and a solemn pledge to the international community.” While the inertia of the market-led nations gives us terrifying forecasts for the planet, state socialism in the east…

Multinationals Set to Expand Gas and Oil Sites Despite Climate Concerns

Ocean Rebellion demonstrators protest against the use of fossil fuels in the shipping industry, in London, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. As climate activists and politicians began leaving the Cop27 climate conference in Egypt today, it emerged that the giant gas and oil producers were finalising plans for more new fossil fuel production sites. The news…

Amid Devastating Floods, Pakistan and China Partner to Build Climate Resilience

Ruqiya Anwar As part of the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese and Pakistani scientists teamed up to build a new weather detecting lidar station in Peshawar that will help predict and mitigate future climate disasters. As part of an ambitious initiative to build climate resilience in the aftermath of disastrous floods, Pakistan has, with Chinese…

Daniel Ortega: “What We Are Faced with is a Gang of Assassins Who Control the Global Economy, Who Control Atomic Weapons and Who Commit Crimes Every Day”

Conclusion of a speech from Comandante Daniel during the closure of the National Congress of the July 19th Sandinista Youth in tribute to Comandante Carlos Fonseca Amador, founder of the FSLN, November 8th 2022.Read the entire speech here. I want to conclude by referring to a meeting currently taking place there in Egypt, they call…

Towards a Just Transition: Breaking with the Existing Order

Hamza Hamouchene, Ouafa Haddioui and Katie Sandwell The action proposed by world leaders, their advisors, and corporate lobbyists at the climate talks (COP27) in Egypt are neoliberal, market-based, and focused on preserving a racist and capitalist global order. Introducing a collection of papers on the climate emergency in North Africa, Hamza Hamouchene, Ouafa Haddioui and…

COP27 Deliberations Reaffirm Imperialist States as Main Obstacle to Ending Climate Change

Abayomi Azikiwe Cop In Egypt Where People Protested Climate Policy Developing countries and mass organizations continue to demand compensation for damage and loss After one week of speeches, discussions, demonstrations and debate, the 27th United Nations Climate Conference (COP27) has once again stalled over the questions of which global interests are actually responsible for environmental…

Africa Confronts the Food, Fertilizer, and Climate Crisis

Ann Garrison Food production in Africa is complicated by climate change and the use of fertilizers which increase food production but which also create green house gases and create other environmental harm. The UN has been in negotiations with both Russia and Ukraine to restart Russia’s ammonia pipeline. Before its closure due to the Ukraine…

Being Excess Bodies: Shame in the Age of Climate Coloniality

Shreya Parikh For many in the Global South, instead of recognizing that their suffering is a result of local and global socio-economic and racial structures, they feel shame. As COP27 takes place in Egypt, Shreya Parikh writes about climate change, overpopulation, and shame in Tunisia and India, and how suffering is often interpreted as being…

Environmental Racism is Poisoning the Waters in the US

Natalia Marques In several cities across the United States, residents struggle with system-wide neglect of water systems and the failure of the government to provide access to what is arguably the most essential resource. Thousands of people in US cities have been left without access to clean water. Communities say institutional racism is to blame…

Green Capitalism in Crisis: The End of a Chimera

Eder Peña In the face of the global climate crisis, which is now evident in the destructive force of meteorological events, the question arises once again as to how to deal with this phenomenon, the causes of which are associated with the civilizational model that has spread from the United States and Europe to the…

COP27 and the Imperatives for a Renewed African Security Framework

Abayomi Azikiwe United Nations Climate Conference will be hosted by Egypt amid growing uncertainties on the continent related to military interventions and the continuing economic dependency on the West Note: These remarks were prepared and delivered in part for a webinar sponsored by the Canadian section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom…