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October 29, 2021
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The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org in response to the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland:
“As world leaders descend on Glasgow for COP26, and as an organization with observer status, we will be paying close attention to President Biden and other world leaders’ commitments to addressing the climate crisis. In Glasgow, governments are meant to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. What we’ve seen over the last few years are governments signing on to “net-zero” emission pledges that don’t get to the root causes of the climate crisis, a lack of leadership to end all fossil fuel extraction projects, and global communities migrating as a result of climate catastrophes. Latin America and the Caribbean have been hit particularly hard and we are witnessing thousands of climate refugees traveling north seeking protection. As negotiations commence, we expect governments to take immediate action to address climate migration issues and for corporations and governments to commit to a just energy transition and end their atrocious drive to generate wealth at the expense of front line communities of color,” said Oscar Chacon, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“Social movements from across the globe have been sounding the alarm and letting governments know that we need real climate action now. COP26 presents an opportunity for world leaders to make binding agreements to protect our planet and actually take transformative steps to end dependence on fossil fuels. Hurricanes and wildfires are intensifying, fossil fuel extraction is harming our water and air, and low income, Black, Latin American-origin, Indigenous, and other people of color are bearing the brunt. It’s on the Biden administration and global leaders to make real investments in green infrastructure and simultaneously implement protocols to address climate related migration. Our planet and our communities have had enough,” said Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.
Alianza Americas is the premier transnational advocacy network of Latin American migrant-led organizations working in the United States, across the Americas, and globally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing project — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Presente.org’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.