Climate Caravan comes to Copenhagen

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A colourful collection of farmers and fishermen from developing countries arrive in Copenhagen on Wednesday. Travelling together as the "climate caravan", they have little confidence in the climate conference.
 

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"The negotiations are all in terms of the market. The same market, world trade, which caused the ecological crisis in the first place"
says a representative of Colombia's small farmers.
 

On their way to Copenhagen the activists stopped off in Brussels, where supporters of the caravan stripped down to their underwear outisde the European Commission building. "It's hot! It's hot!" they chanted, referring to global warming.

Climate activist Oliver Hoedeman says talking about CO2-emission percentages is pointless: "The whole world trade system has to be radically changed first."

[RNW translation: IMM]