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Vandana Shiva on biopiracy and the Rights of Nature (video)

By Communication for Sustainable Social Change

Physicist, philosopher, environmental activist and author, Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader. In this 30-minute interview, she discusses in detail biopiracy, where seed giants survey the genome of plants developed over thousands of years by indigenous farmers, and claim intellectual property rights under patent laws. “All humans have equal rights to all the bounties of nature.”

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COP 16 in Cancun privatizes forests

By La Via Campesina

COP 16 is doomed to failure

(Ciudad de México, November 28th)  The sixth Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16) is already seen as a failure that will affect the future of humanity, as its only result will be to strengthen the intention of transnational corporations (TNCs) to divert money away from the climate crisis, stated Alberto Gomez from La Via Campesina international coordination.

During the last moments of discussion, the proposals of the People’s Agreement signed in Cochabamba have been left aside. The trend is to favour carbon market and REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), which supports global privatisation of forests, jungles and territories, explained Gomez.

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