The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Andean Region Office supports educational and political awareness activities related to Climate Change and its local impacts.
Our Climate Change focus is Climate Justice
The effects of climate change in the Andean region are tangible: the beginning and end of the rainy and dry seasons are increasingly unpredictably, high temperatures and drought are affecting crops, torrential rains have caused landslides and deaths in a number of places, and the Andean glaciers are shrinking, to name just a few examples. These effects have multiple global causes, for example the increasing extractivism in the region that is accompanied by deforestation and water pollution, amongst other things.
Climate change is, above all, a tremendous injustice: the regions and social groups that have contributed least to climate change are those that suffer most from its effects, while those that have contributed the most have a greater capacity to protect themselves from the impacts.
Climate change in the Andean Region forms part of the agenda of resistance to the extraction of “natural resources” in local territories. Andean organizations and social movements are fighting against climate change when they defend water in a context of scarcity and drought, and when, faced with the advance of agroindustry monocultures, they work to enhance food sovereignty and agro-ecology.
Climate change is not simply an environmental problem, it is one of the central ethical-political challenges of our time. Millions of lives and livelihoods are under threat from the rapid escalation of the climate crisis. This means more poverty, more marginalization, more migration and displacement and, as a result, an increase in conflict over resources, as well as an increase in nationalist tendencies, especially in the societies of the so-called Global North.
We need to fundamentally transform our economies and societies in order to effectively curb climate change. To do this, it is essential to progress in the construction of alternatives to development, while at the same time striving to ensure that those actors who have the greatest historical responsibility for changing the climate, also assume the major part of its socio-environmental and political costs.
Multiple levels of action on climate justice. To fight for climate justice in an unjust world, much has to happen on all levels of politics: globally, in the context of the UN climate change negotiations and other international negotiating frameworks; at the national level, in the fight for more ambitious climate objectives and effective policy mechanisms; and at the regional level, in the multiple debates and practices related to new types of economies and new forms of living together in harmony.