“Power to the people!
Day 7: Agriculture, adaptation and climate justice
“Power to the people!
The people got the power!
Tell me: can you feel it?
Getting stronger by the hour!
Power! People! Power! People!”
Saturday was officially declared the Global Day of Action for the different civil society organizations attending COP27.
Hundreds of people, including youth, women, persons with disabilities and indigenous activists marched along the long, paved roads separating the over eight buildings that comprise the UN Climate Conference’s venue at Sharm el-Sheikh.
Today’s chants echoed calls that resonated over the past week: deliver climate justice in the form of finance for people in developing countries in Africa and other parts of the world most affected by climate change.
“We want climate finance to go directly to indigenous peoples, we don’t want it to be for fossil fuels. We want it in the ground to plant trees, to protect the forests, and to give people the livelihoods that they deserve. We cannot accept the polluters to continue sucking the blood of Mother Earth,” said Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Chadian environmentalist and SDG advocate, during the largest protest so far at COP27.
A blessing by a Brazilian indigenous community was given through a song over a megaphone, while hundreds of people came together in a circle and closed their eyes in prayer.
Meanwhile, a young activist walked through the crowd wearing a blue dress with an excessively long train to signify that “the flood is coming”.
“The water is literally ‘up to here’ in some countries,” she told UN News raising her hand near her throat.
On Saturday, negotiators delivered the first round of statements and held bilateral meetings with the COP Presidency about what they think should be included in the final outcome document of the conference.
The Group of the 77 negotiating bloc, which comprises pretty much all developing countries, continues pushing for the creation of a loss and damage fund to compensate countries with little to no responsibility for the climate crisis or for the attendant harms sparked by climate-induced disasters.
Next week will be crucial to define this and the other ‘thorny’ issues that need to be addressed.
Today, was also ‘Agriculture and Adaptation Day.’ We spoke to two UN experts and a Goodwill Ambassador about this issue, which for the first time got its own day at a COP.
Find more about this, and other highlights of Saturday, on our daily wrap.
We will be back on Monday, as tomorrow is officially the only ‘rest day’ of this COP. But we leave you with a list of goodies below, to inform you and even make you laugh a little, listening to our daily COP27 podcast.
Small-scale farmers from developing countries produce one-third of the world’s food, yet they only receive 1.7 per cent of climate finance even as they are forced to cope with droughts, floods, cyclones and other disasters.
This sentiment echoed through dozens of pavilions and conference rooms in Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday as COP27 turned its attention to the vital issue of adaptation, agriculture and food systems in the context of climate change.
Read the featured story The Lid is On Podcast at COP27
Saturday is a working day at COP, allowing negotiators just one day to catch their breath before the really hard work of hammering out some kind of outcome document begins on Monday.
The theme of the day is agriculture and adaptation. We hear from the UN agencies that focus on agriculture (FAO and IFAD), and Conor and Laura explore options for sustainable diets. Beans and bugs are on the menu!
COP27 PODCAST: Beans, bugs, and a better deal for farmersListen here
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