Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

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Reports from Rio+20, 2012

On the No Warming track of our framework, GGJ took a historic delegation to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil of 16 grassroots community leaders representing the frontlines of the climate crisis in the US. Click here to check out on-the-ground reports from the delegation.

The global 1% is converging in Rio this June to unveil their “Green Economy” strategy—but we know that just calling something “green” doesn’t mean it’s good for people or for the planet. In fact, their strategy will only build upon neo-liberal policies of the past three decades that have privatized nature and public resources, stripped worker and environmental protections and expanded the gap between the rich and poor.  The “Greed Economy” is not the future that WE want!  Support the grassroots and help us Keep It Green!

In June of 1992, governments from around the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the “Earth Summit” (the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development—UNCED), to establish a global agenda for “sustainable development.”  But the policies that emerged out of the 1992 Earth Summit only sustained the accumulation of wealth and profit based on practices of over-exploitation of the planet’s natural and human resources. As our international allies from La Vía Campesina say, this model “is based on limitless growth in a planet that has reached its limits.”

Twenty years later, many of the same governments will gather again in Rio de Janeiro for what they are calling “Rio+20”.  But rather than reconvening to assess and take responsibility for the devastation that their development model has wreaked on communities around the globe, governments have instead teamed up with large corporations, banks and international financial institutions to build a huge festival of false climate solutions at Rio+20, centered around a “Green Economy” (aka Greed Economy).  Their Greed Economy seeks to turn all natural resources into commodities that can be bought and sold on the international market.  The outcomes of Rio+20 will likely shape climate and economic policy for several years.

That’s why people from impacted communities around the world will also converge in Rio de Janeiro this June, both to condemn this new form of green-washed capitalism as it is being unveiled, and also to collaborate across cultures and borders to draw attention to the real solutions that people everywhere are building.  GGJ is part of an international organizing body for the People’s Summit, an event organized by global civil society that will take place parallel to the UN conference.  For more on the People’s Summit, visit:

While we are in Rio, we will call on the US government, the global 1% and their corporate interests, and the progressive forces in the US to take a stand against the worst tendencies of “Green Capitalism” and the “Greed Economy,” and instead invest in real solutions that put our communities to work, cool the planet, and transition to local economies.

“Jobs with Justice is participating in this delegation because we want to strengthen the practice of collaboration between international trade union allies and GGJ members, deepen our understanding of opportunities within climate justice work for building a fair and sustainable economy, and to explore the viability for a climate jobs campaign in the US.”—Treston Davis-Faulkner, National Jobs with Justice

“We are excited to be able to share and connect our work on an international level, particularly in the areas of Community Commons strategy, Environmental Justice, Justice Media Communications strategy and Food Justice.”—Lottie Spady, East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), Detroit, MI

“I’m going to Rio to represent women of color as leaders in these global spaces, to connect our grassroots struggle in Texas to the global struggle, and to learn about linking civic engagement work to environmental justice work.”—Tanya Garduño, Southwest Workers Union, San Antonio, TX

“We hope to strengthen our climate justice work and build on our Clean Air Campaign in Los Angeles, challenging the toxic assault of LA’s 7 million cars by fighting for clean affordable bus transit, bus-only lanes, auto free zones, and stopping highway and road expansion.”—Tammy Bang Luu, The Labor/Community Strategy Center, Los Angeles, CA

“Some of our goals on this delegation are to learn more about successful strategies of sustainable development to apply to our work, primarily in the South; and to challenge REDD+ and other policies and programs that perpetuate environmental racism, national oppression, and the dispossession of indigenous peoples.”—Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Atlanta, GA

 “Community to Community will bring an eco-feminist perspective from communities in the northwest bridging work on Participatory Democracy, Food Sovereignty, and Movement Building.”—Erin Thompson, Community to Community, Bellingham, WA

Stay tuned to for reports from our delegation in Rio.

In Solidarity,


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