Statement on the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw by Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network

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  1. Given land ownership & the industrialising, corporatising and globalising of the food chain that follows, the cat is already out of the bag. It is time for the world to reconsider its responsibility to the people who this model displaces in terms of the housing security they loose.

    When the ownership model takes hold (whether ownership be corporate or private) what happens to the “inefficient” farmers is that they are pushed off their land by industrialisation.

    In industrialised & industrialising nations, people who for generations past had enjoyed at least the basic security of a roof overhead and a patch of land for food must then win a place in the globalised market place. In the cities where employment is increasingly more competitive, they must rent from an owner. The communal model which had provided land security for them and for future generations is being replaced by an ownership model in the name of efficiency. No compensation can replace that security.

    There are growing numbers are living in slums (right now 863 million people, a considerable increase compared to the 760 million in 2000)

    Under the welfare provisions in some industrialised nations, welfare recipients are demonised & welfare is under threat from the competition (now global) which is intrinsic to the ownership model.

    I think that at the very least, the advocates & beneficiaries of the ownership model have a duty to build an alternative to “welfare” or cold charity into their model.

    My suggestion is for an urban public land provision in a model to create better urban environments for all. see http://bit.ly/S4EjvG

    Chris Baulman
    @landrights4all

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