FRIENDS of the Earth International (FOEI), a global federation of environmental rights advocacy groups, has said that they will stand by the Nigerian people to protest against any form of continued socio-economic, political and environmental injustice inline with the Occupy protests in some parts of the world. The global group which is Chaired by Nigeria's Nnimmo Bassey, told AkanimoReports on Thursday in a telephone interview that they will rally around citizen groups anywhere in the world rising against any form of injustice. He was spoke just as the group in a statement pointed out that they were in support of the Occupy protests and called for environmental activists and organizations around the world to join the movement to demand radical system change.
FoEI with member groups in 76 countries, said at a time when many of the camps are being shut down by police, ''we offer our solidarity and our support, and we join this movement wholeheartedly'', adding, ''to save our communities and our environment, we stand united in calling for a profound transformation of the current globalized political economic system''.
The grassroots organization believes that tackling excessive corporate power and promoting economic justice are key to solving the environmental crisis, including the climate crisis.
According to Bassey, ''we are one with those who are raising and will raise their voices against corporate greed and who are speaking and will speak out for social equity and real solutions to the crises we face''
Continuing, the FoEI chair and Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action (ERA) said, ''in our struggles on the ground, around the world, it's clear that corporate interests have captured many of the spaces where people's interests should be served. Economic policies that prioritize profit over life have led us to the brink of catastrophic climate change; continuing with the same approach will only lead to more environmental destruction and inequality. This is system failure – we demand an alternative system with environmental and economic justice at its core''.
This coming week, a FoEI delegation is expected to take this message to the United Nations (UN) climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa (Nov.28-Dec.9). AkanimoReports however, gathered that FoEI will be demanding that negotiators stop prioritizing corporate interests and
that industrialized countries drastically cut their carbon markets, without offsets or carbon trading, in order to address the climate crisis that threatens the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. ENDS