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Women Protest ‘Green Economy’ At Rio+20

From the Agence France-Presse:

Women march in Rio to protest ‘green economy’

June 18, 2012

Thousands of women representing social and farm movements marched in central Rio Monday to rail against the "green economy" advocated by the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development.

Behind a large banner from the international peasant movement Via Campesina proclaiming "the peoples are against the mercantilization of nature", they marched several miles to the Flamengo park, the venue for the "People’s Summit" organized by civil society groups on the sidelines of the Rio+20 event.

Several hundred men closed off the march to show their solidarity.

And watch them walk from behind.

Perched atop a truck fitted with loudspeakers, a female activist howled: "This is a march of urban and rural women against this Rio+20 charade."

"No to green capitalism! Yes to an economy based on solidarity, yes to people’s sovereignty," she added.

How did these peasant rural women get to Rio?

People’s Summit militants view the "green economy" concept touted by organizers of the official Rio+20 gathering as just "another stage of capitalist accumulation" after the failure of the current model.

World leaders are to gather here from Wednesday to Friday to debate how to steer the planet toward a greener and more sustainable future.

"We are out on the streets to give visibility to our world struggle for an end to violence against women, for peace and demilitarization, access to common goods and economic empowerment for women," said 36-year-old Celia Alldridge, a member of the march secretariat who described herself as "half English, half Swiss"

And all crazy.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Women Protest ‘Green Economy’ At Rio+20”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    mercantilization of nature

    wow, that’s rhetorical gold right there

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