Statement on Chile and COP25 - March For Science

Statement on Chile and COP25

Last week the Chilean government canceled the COP25 climate change summit amidst nationwide protests over social and economic inequality, healthcare, water rights, and the pension system. The conference would have been a great opportunity for Chile to address many of these issues of social injustice that are connected to the climate crisis.

We stand in solidarity with the Chilean people who have taken to the streets to protest peacefully, as well as the victims of human rights violations throughout the country. We support their demands for a better health system, nationalization of natural resources, structural modifications on the pension system and, overall, a more equitable distribution of the country’s wealth.

The decision to suspend the conference shows how social and climate justice are inextricably linked, and we believe the cancellation signifies a great loss toward the demands of the people. 

We, as the largest grassroots community of scientists and science advocates in the world, also support the youth-led climate strikes to be held in November and December, and join the call for a People’s Climate Summit that is led by civil society and frontline communities, and excludes polluters. To effectively address the climate crisis, we must put the people and human rights first.


Signed,

March for Science and Marcha por la Ciencia y el Conocimiento Chile


 

La semana pasada el gobierno chileno decidió cancelar la cumbre climática COP25 en medio de protestas a nivel nacional dirigidas a la desigualdad socioeconómica, el sistema de salud, derechos del agua y sistemas de pensión. La conferencia hubiera sido una gran oportunidad para que Chile atendiera a mucho de estos problemas de justicia social, íntimamente conectados a la crisis climática.

Queremos expresar nuestra solidaridad con la gente chilena que ha salido a protestar pacíficamente, al igual que las víctimas de violaciones de derechos humanos a lo largo del país. Apoyamos sus demandas por un mejor sistema de salud, la nacionalización de recursos naturales, una reforma del sistema de pensiones, y entre todo, una distribución más equitativa de la riqueza en el país.

La decisión de suspender la conferencia muestra cómo la justicia social y climática se encuentran inextricablemente relacionadas, y creemos que la cancelación constituye una gran pérdida hacia las demandas del pueblo.

Nosotros, como la comunidad territorial más grande de científicos y defensores de la ciencia en el mundo, también apoyamos las huelgas dirigidas por jóvenes que se van a sostener en noviembre y diciembre, y nos unimos a la llamada por una Cumbre Climática del Pueblo dirigida por la sociedad civil y comunidades de mayor impacto, excluyendo a contaminadores. Para enfrentar efectivamente la crisis climática, necesitamos poner a la gente y a los derechos humanos primero.\

Firman,

March for Science y Marcha por la Ciencia y el Conocimiento Chile

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