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Connecting Peace, Justice and Sustainability

In December 2015 Navdanya attended The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris for a collective response to the issues that define 2015 as the year of Soil: the Soil crisis, the Agriculture crisis, the climate Crisis, and the Refugee crisis.

We at Navdanya see, in care for the Soil and the Earth through ecological agriculture, solutions to the multifaceted crisis we face.

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Humanity stands at the edge of an abyss. We have destroyed the planet, its biodiversity, water and the climate, and through this destruction, the ecological context for our survival as a species.

Ecological destruction and resource grab are generating conflicts, which are being accelerated into full blown wars and violence.A context of fear and hate is overtaking the human imagination.

We need to sow the seeds of peace – peace with the earth and each other, and in so doing, create hope for our future – as one humanity and as part of one Earth community.

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Sign the People’s Pact to protect the planet and each other:


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Dr Vandana Shiva’s video message:

Making Peace with the Earth


French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian and Italian subtitles available

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Age Debate: Curbs are history, not emissions

Debate, by Dr Vandana Shiva and Chandra Bhushan – The Asian Age, 17 December 2015

[…] There is a significant gap between the aggregate effect of national mitigation pledges made voluntarily by governments and the global reduction of GHGs necessary to achieve the 1.5° Celsius target.
The “emissions gap” cannot be enforced through the Paris agreement.
It rests on nations scaling up their commitments to reduce emissions, but most importantly, on citizens’ movements leading the path to a lower GHG pathway, while enhancing climate resilience and human well being.
That’s why citizens must push for “liability” in terms of emissions — the principle “polluter pays”.
Only when the destruction of the planet and human lives is perceived as a crime against nature and humanity will this emissions gap be closed.[…]


The Raging Elephant in the Climate Change Room

Fact-Sheet: More than 50% GHG emissions are related to industrial agricultural production, most of which is methane from animal husbandry and nitrous oxide from chemical fertiliser use.

Returning organic matter to the soil builds up soil nitrogen. A study we are undertaking already shows that organic farming can increase nitrogen content of soil between 44 – 144 %, depending on the crops grown. Not only does organic farming avoid the emissions that come from industrial agriculture, organic farming transforms carbon in the air through photo synthesis and builds it up in the soil, thus contributing to higher soil fertility, higher food production and nutrition, and a sustainable, zero-cost technology for addressing climate change.

Making Peace with the Earth and Each other

by Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 2 December 2015

“Land, water and agriculture-related conflicts are deliberately mutated into religious conflicts to protect the militarised agriculture model which has unleashed a global war against people.”

Faces of Climate Change – Vandana Shiva, scholar and activist, India

Deutsche Welle, December 2015


“The solution is not desperation on our part. Any power problem, any issue of power demands of us that we unleash our highest creative energies and that we hold illegitimate power accountable.”

COP21: les femmes lourdement impactées par le changement climatique

Rfi France, 8 decembre 2015

« C’est la force créatrice de l’univers contre la force destructrice des esprits fossilisés venus de l’âge des fossiles. Et tout comme il est impératif que les énergies fossiles restent dans les sols, il est aussi impératif que nous dépassions les structures patriarcales et bornées qui définissent notre économie, notre science et notre société. Car c’est de cela qu’il s’agit dans les discussions autour du climat. Ceux qui causent les dégâts refusent de prendre leur responsabilité, sinon les négociations ne dureraient pas autant de temps. »

« Les multinationales ont empêché les COP de résoudre le problème du climat »

Reporterre, 4 December 2015

Le système agro-industriel, contributeur massif au réchauffement climatique, se montre aussi incapable de résoudre les problèmes environnementaux et alimentaires de la planète. Pour Vandana Shiva, la solution est à chercher du côté des « systèmes d’alimentation locale contrôlés par la communauté et gérés par les citoyens ».

Cop 21. L’appel de Vandana Shiva porte la voix des peuples

Marion d’Allard – L’Humanité, 30 novembre 2015

Latest from Paris

Why vulnerable countries must take ownership of their skies

The Guardian, 22 December 2015

The Fraudulent Science at COP21 Exposed

By John W. Roulac – Ecowatch, 17 December 2015

What The Paris Agreement Does, and Doesn’t Do

350,org, 12 December 2015

Indigenous Peoples Take Lead at D12 Day of Action in Paris – Official response to COP21 agreement

Indigenous Rising, 12 December 2015

“The Paris accord is a trade agreement, nothing more. It promises to privatize, commodify and sell forested lands as carbon offsets in fraudulent schemes such as REDD+ projects. These offset schemes provide a financial laundering mechanism for developed countries to launder their carbon pollution on the backs of the global south. Case-in-point, the United States’ climate change plan includes 250 million megatons to be absorbed by oceans and forest offset markets. Essentially, those responsible for the climate crisis not only get to buy their way out of compliance but they also get to profit from it as well.” – Alberto Saldamando, Human Rights Expert & Attorney.

Paris deal: Epic fail on a planetary scale

New Internationalist, 12 December 2015

The Paris Agreement is being hailed as a great success. But will it deliver climate justice? Danny Chivers and Jess Worth put it to the test.

Paris climate deal is agreed – but is it really good enough?

New Scientist, 12 December 2015

History has been made in Paris – but perhaps not the kind of history we hoped. The climate summit in Paris may come to be remembered as the moment when the world’s leaders let the last hope of limiting warming to 2 °C slip away from us.

World Leaders Agree to Historic Global Climate Agreement

By Stefanie Spear – EcoWatch, 12 December 2015

World leaders from 195 countries adopted an historic international climate accord Saturday in Paris. The 31-page pact, which comes after two weeks of negotiations at the COP21 climate summit, is the first-ever agreement that commits almost every country in the world to fight climate change.

Historic Climate Deal Reached, But Campaigners say the Work is Just Beginning

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer – Common Dreams, 12 December 2015

‘This deal puts the fossil fuel industry on the wrong side of history.’—Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International

Paris climate deal: reaction from the experts

The Guardian, 13 December 2015

While the summit delegates herald their ambitious targets, scientists and campaigners have mixed views of the agreement

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8 December 2015


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The Inner Dimensions of Climate Change – Afternoon Seminar

Panel Debate – We believe it is the wisdom leaders who have the ability to inspire and instill in the human community the shift of the heart, in our way of seeing the Earth that is needed at this moment in time.

Date: 8th December 2015 – Time: 3.45pm – 6.45pm

Location: Le Bourget – COP21 Site, Climate Generations Area -Hall 5, Paris

Organizer: Global Peace Intiative of Women

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Debate “Women and Climate” with Vandana Shiva and Mary Robinson

Date: 8th December 2015 – Time: 11.30am – 1pm

Location: Le Bourget – COP21 Site, French Pavillon, Hall 4, Blue zone


Un colloque Femmes & Environnement / Women & Environment: a debate

Debate: The role of women at the center of the struggle against climate change and for the protection of the environment

Date: 8th December 2015 – Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris

Organizer: Fondation Raja Daniele Marcovici

Dec. 8th on Media / Social Media

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7 December 2015


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Cool the Planet, Feed the World: The Power of Regenerative Food and Farming to Save the Planet

Conference – Debate: Given that the industrial food and farming system as a whole is the number one cause of GHG emissions, climate activists need to start thinking of themselves as food, farming and natural health activists as well.

Date: 7th December 2015 – Time: 6pm – 9pm

Location: La Recyclerie, 83 Boulevard Ornano, Paris

Organizer: Regeneration International

Dec. 7th on Media / Social Media

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6 December 2015


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Pour une désobéissance créatrice / For a creative disobedience

Conference – Debate with Dr Vandana Shiva and Marie-Monique Robin and screening of the Film “Sacrée Croissance (Sacred Conscience)” by Marie-Monique Robin

Date: 6th December 2015 – Time: 3.30pm – 5pm

Location / Organizer: Théâtre National de Nice, Promenade des Arts, Nice

Dec. 6th on Media / Social Media

More information: http://anv-cop21.org/196-civil-society-representatives-from-around-the-world-expected-at-the-196-chairs-summit/

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5 December 2015


C’est possible ! / It is possible!

Conference – Debate

Date: 5th December 2015 – Time: 3.30pm – 5pm

Location: La Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

Organizers: La Villette and Actes Sud

Launch of Citizen’s pact on World Soil Day

We gathered at La Villette in Paris and plant a ‘Garden of Hope’. As Earth citizens, we launched a Pact with the Earth and with each other to defend our commons and to affirm that in ecological organic agriculture and local food systems lie the answers to the food, nutrition and health crisis, water and climate crisis, and the creation of millions of climate refugees.

Date: 5th December 2015 – Time: 3.30pm – 5pm

Location: La Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

Organizers: Navdanya, Navdanya International, La Villette, Solidarité, Actes Sud, Fondation Ekibio

Dec. 5th on Media / Social Media

Rob Hopkins reports from COP21 in Paris: Day Eight

Transition Network, December 2015

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4 December 2015


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International Rights of Nature Tribunal – Paris

The Tribunal is a unique, citizen-created initiative.Logo-RoNtribunal-fr It gives people from all around the world the opportunity to testify publicly as to the destruction of the Earth.

Dates: 4th – 5th December 2015 – Time: 9am – 6.30pm

Location: Maison des Métallos, 94 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Paris

Organizers: Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature in partnership with End Ecocide on Earth and supported by NaturesRights and Attac France.

Let’s change all climates / Faisons changer tous les climats

Conference – All the different types of climates raise questions about our society. How can we change the economic climate? This forces us to examine the evolution of our means of production, trade and consumption. A new economy can arise and develop.

Dates: 4th – 5th December 2015 – Time: 11am – 8pm

Location: Maison de l’UNESCO, 125 avenue de Suffren, Paris

Organizer: Université de la Terre / Earth University

Pathway to Paris

An evening of music and talks dedicated to raising awarness around the importance of establishing a legally binding and ambitious agreement on climate during the UN climate change conference.

Date: 4th December 2015 – Time: 6.30pm – 11.30pm

Location: Trianon, 80 Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris

Organizer: Pathway to Paris

Dec. 4th on Media / Social Media

False Solutions from Industry – The Next Resource Grab

Dr Vandana Shiva and José Bové at the International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature.

Two good days when crimes against nature were exposed

by Nnimmo Bassey – The New Internationalist, 10 December 2015

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3 December 2015



Place to Brief – How to reconnect with our human nature?

Debate: A panel of 3 to 5 international speakers will create a conversation on the thematic of the day. This program will be live streamed at placetob.org/live. (Paris Timezone: UTC+1)

Date: 3rd December 2015 – Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location/Organizer: Place to B, 5 Rue de Dunkerque, Paris


Rights for the Earth: towards new international standards


Date: 3rd December 2015 – Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Location/Organizer: Place to B, 5 Rue de Dunkerque, Paris

International tribunal against Monsanto for crimes against humanity [Press Conference]


With Marie Monique Robin, Olivier De Shutter ( former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food), Dr Vandana Shiva, Hans Herren (Millennium Institute), Andre Leu (IFOAM), Ronnie Cummins (Regeneration International).

Date: 3rd December 2015 – Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Location/Organizer: Place to B, 5 Rue de Dunkerque, Paris

Further details about #MonsantoTribunal at this link.

Workshop on Regenerative Agriculture and Land Use


coordinated by Regeneration International

Date: 3rd December 2015 – Time: 9am – 5.30pm

Location/Organizer: St Christoper’s Inn Canal

Dec. 3rd on Media / Social media

Monsanto Tribunal Press Conference Full Version [French]

Monsanto to Be Put on Trial for ‘Crimes Against Nature and Humanity’

by Organic Consumers Association – EcoWatch, 7 December 2015


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2 December 2015


Projection du film “Demain” / Screening of the film “Tomorrow”

Date: 2nd December 2015 – Time: 2pm (please double-check here http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/climate-generations-areas where the films screening program will soon be available)

Location: Le Bourget, Paris

Dec. 2nd on Media / Social media

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1st December 2015

Navdanya at COP21 in Paris (2 Dec. Update)


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29 November 2015

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Thousands of people march in the streets of Rome to ask world leaders to take action against climate change on the eve of Cop21 in Paris.

Navdanya at COP21 in Paris (27 Nov.)


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Related Campaigns

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Pact for the Earth – Terra Viva, Earth Democracy

A People’s Pact to Protect the Planet and Each Other

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‘Terra Viva’ — Our Soil, Our Commons, Our Future

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