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Bolivia's World People's Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was radical, inspiring, uncompromising and exactly what was needed. Up to 30,000 people from six continents took part in the summit, which was held in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba from April 19 to 22. The huge oil spill from a BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico underscores the summit’s significance. About 800,000 litres of oil are spewing out a day. The company admits it may not be able to stop the leak for weeks — or even months.
The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth held in April 19-22 in Cochabamba, adopted a People’s Agreement on tackling climate change. Some of its key points are listed below. Visit Pwccc.wordpress.com to read the full document, and other resolutions adopted by the summit. The People’s Agreement includes the following points:
“Capitalism is the number one enemy of humanity”, Bolivian President Evo Morales said in his closing speech to the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth held on April 19-22 in Cochabamba. “It turns everything into merchandise, it seeks continual expansion. The system needs to be changed.” More than 35,000 people attended the summit, organised by the Bolivian government in response to the challenge of climate change after rich nations refused to allow an agreement for serious action at the December United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen.

Belmore Park (near Central Station), Sydney
The cashless debit card soon to be given to chosen Newstart recipents which forces spending of 80% of payments to assigned retail outlets such as Coles and Woolies. It restricts their cash to 20%. Aboriginal people on welfare payment in the NT have had the "Basics Card" forced on them for 10 and now a proposed federal government policy could mean it’s extension across the country to many other welfare recipients in spite of its breach of human riights and glaring failures in all trial areas.

In NSW tenants are in dire need of rent relief.

One in three Australians rent - some 2.5 million households. A 2019 survey showed 40 per cent of tenants are in rental stress - they pay more than 30% of their income in rent.

In Sydney, one of the most expensive cities in the world, an extremely high 64% of all renters are in rental stress.

This is all before the COVID19 crisis.

With lay-offs, reduction of work hours, the prospect of JobSeeker and JobKeeper being removed, pay freezes for front-line workers being proposed, tenants are even more stressed.

Catch up with Sustainable Sustainable Living Armidale, the New England Greens and Socialist Alliance New England at the Markets in the Mall organised by Armidale PCYC on the last Sunday of the month.

At Curtis Park, 75 Faulkner St, Armidale NSW 2350.

Come along to learn how to defend you rights when dealing with Centrelink and job agencies, why we have poverty and unemployment in a country as wealthy as Australia and how we can struggle for a fairer world.

Stick around as summer school will be followed by
'CATHY COME HOME' FILM SCREENING + COMMUNITY DINNER

Hosted by Anti-Poverty Network SA & Industrial Workers of the World Adelaide

More info: antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com or 0411 587 663.

Film Screening: Disaster Capitalism by Antony Loewenstein & Thor Neureiter

Friday 28 February 6:30 pm (film starts at 7 pm) with dinner, Level 5, 407 Swanston Street, City, Duration 52 minutes.

Disaster Capitalism is a documentary film revealing the dark underbelly of the global aid and investment industry, offering important insights into a secret multi-billion dollar world by investigating how aid money is actually spent — or misspent.

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