Threading together the calls for climate justice of Asian women and
Asian Women’s Quilt on Climate Change: Climate Talks for People’s Needs, Not Corporate Greed!
We, women, environmental, and indigenous people’s organizations from the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan—today unite by unfurling a giant collaborative quilt on the impacts of global warming on Asian communities and the people’s responses to these problems, in front of the United Nations ESCAP building for the ongoing United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change intersessional meeting.
Quilts are cultural symbols of unity, creativity, and diversity. This
collective work threads through testimonies and sews together stories of how global warming is negatively affecting the lives of the most
marginalized sectors within Asia’s poorest countries. It is a work of
solidarity by the sectors who feel the various ecological and economic
effects of climate change firsthand and who stand for climate justice,
accountability, and the people’s needs.
Asian grassroots communities are now calling for action on climate change and its impacts. The colorful images and symbols in the quilt aim to articulate the following points:
– Climate change and global warming will impact more gravely and harshly on the lives of the marginalized and poor sectors. Millions of poor Asian farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, women and children, and all those who are directly dependent on our environment and natural resources for their livelihood are the most vulnerable to the impacts of extreme weather events, climate-related natural disasters, rising sea levels, rise of climate-sensitive diseases, and the like. These sectors should be foremost supported in terms of capacity-building, technological support, climate change awareness, and access to basic social services such as education and health.
– Deep and drastic cuts by the largest greenhouse gas emitters are needed now. Accountability to pay for past emissions and reduce future ones must be demanded from Annex I countries, and especially the United States, the single largest country emitter of greenhouse gases. Their time of procrastination, profit-taking at the expense of the environment and the people, and evasion of global responsibilities to cut emissions is coming to an end. Action to ensure clean and clear cuts must be pursued now.
– The people’s needs, not corporate greed, should be the focus of the
ongoing UN climate talks: We urge the UN negotiators and government
delegations to heed the Asian grassroots calls for climate justice and
people’s welfare above elite corporate interests in the ongoing climate
negotiations. Focus should be redirected away from corporate greenwashing and false solutions and steered towards protecting the people’s needs and welfare, reducing existing vulnerabilities from the local to the regional levels, and reviewing and repealing policies, frameworks and programs which contribute to the cumulative effect of reducing people’s capacity to adapt to climate change impacts.
*About the Project*
The Asian Women’s Quilt on Climate Change project is a giant collaborative quilt on the calls of Asian grassroots communities affected by climate change, aiming to visually present the stories and symbols of the people most affected by the serious impacts of climate change – the grassroots sectors in Asia.
The quilt hopes to contribute to the global efforts to craft strategies
for the people’s engagement in the issue using traditional and new media: the handmade quilt is to be made globally accessible through a web-based gallery.
The quilt project was spearheaded by the Center for Environmental
Concerns-Philippines (CEC-Phils), Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) of Thailand, Philippine Climate Watch Alliance (PCWA) and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD).
It is among the activities comprising the People’s Action on Climate
Change (PACC), a week-long series of events by Asian grassroots
organizations calling for accountability, climate justice, and people’s
needs over imperialist and corporate greed. #
Meggie Nolasco, spokesperson, PCWA
Tomoko Kashiwazaki, Programme Officer APWLD
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment
No.26 Matulungin St. Bgy. Central, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1100
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